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Can a solicitor witness their clients' signature on a statutory declaration? Can a solicitor witness their clients' signature on a change of name deed/document which the solicitor prepared?

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Published on LexisPSL on 30/05/2017

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  • Can a solicitor witness their clients' signature on a statutory declaration? Can a solicitor witness their clients' signature on a change of name deed/document which the solicitor prepared?
  • Statutory declarations
  • Change of name

Statutory declarations

A statutory declaration is a solemn verification of fact made otherwise than for judicial proceedings (section 7 of the Statutory Declarations Act 1835 (SDA 1835)). In the absence of a contrary intention, the expression ‘statutory declaration’ in any Act means a declaration made by virtue of the SDA 1835 (section 5, Schedule 1 to the Interpretation Act 1978).

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