There may come a moment in everyone’s when they need a statutory declaration or want to know more about how to make one.
For those wondering ‘What is a statutory declaration?’, it is important to explain the reasons why you may require one and how to obtain it.
What is a statutory declaration?
Simply put, a statutory declaration is a formal written statement created to affirm that something is true to the best knowledge of the Declarant. It is governed by the Statutory Declarations Act 1835, and can be used for several purposes.
When is a statutory declaration needed?
There are numerous circumstances when a statutory declaration is needed. For example, if there is no evidence to prove that something is true, a statutory declaration will be relied upon to replace documents. This can apply to situations like someone trying to prove their marital status without a marriage certificate.Another instance where a statutory declaration can be used is when someone is changing their name. This is so the new name can be used officially on identification documents like passports and driving licenses. Not only that, institutions such as banks may require a statutory declaration to authorise assets to be transferred to the executors of a will or for individuals who are entitled to deal with the estate of a deceased person. In situations where the provenance and nature of goods that are being imported and exported need to be confirmed, a statutory declaration may also need to be made. Additionally, a statutory declaration may be demanded in insolvency cases where company directors need to declare insolvency during a voluntary liquidation process. In cases where someone is applying for a patent, a statutory declaration can also be used as a part of the process.
Why are statutory declarations important?
When there are extenuating circumstances during which people cannot prove that something is true, statutory declarations can be incredibly important. Given they can be used as evidence, this type of legal document adds credibility to someone’s statements and can assist them in the absence of other documentary proof. Whether you need to confirm facts for personal reasons, financial matters, health-related affairs or to collect evidence for sick leave, a statutory declaration acts as a valid form of evidence. It is widely accepted because it adheres to relevant legal requirements for confirming that something is true.
How to get a statutory declaration
There are certain rules that apply when trying to obtain a statutory declaration. Of course, it is possible to draft a statutory declaration yourself by downloading a form online and completing it appropriately. This will require the person who is making the declaration to sign it. It is also possible to get a statutory declaration from a lawyer who has been appointed a Commissioner for Oaths. According to the Statutory Declarations Act 1835, a statutory declaration should be made before anyone who is authorised by law to administer oaths. Solicitors in England and Wales fall into this classification because they possess a practising certificate, and have the same authority as a commissioner for oaths for the purposes of affirming a statutory declaration. It is important to note that it is not the responsibility of the individual who is observing the statutory declaration to research whether the statement being made is the truth. They are simply in charge of confirming that they have heard the declaration being made by a person and then confirming as much. Is it crucial to note also that when a statutory declaration is made, it is kept separate from what it is needed for. For example, if you have appointed a solicitor to work on a case that is relevant to your statutory declaration, they won’t be allowed to witness for declaration for legal reasons. This is because they need to operate at a distance from the case and be able to give an unbiased statement. If you did use the same solicitor to complete both jobs, the statutory declaration would be invalid and could not be used as evidence. Because statutory declarations can be obtained with the help of solicitors, it is essential to emphasise the importance of their role. As all statutory declarations comply with a set structure and contain precise wording, it is important to reach out and acquire help to do it right.
Obtaining a statutory declaration from Wafer Phillips
By reaching out to a qualified solicitor like those at Wafer Phillips Solicitors, you can avoid making the document invalid by deviating from the prescribed format. Getting help from a solicitor is not only advised, but necessary when it comes to statutory declarations because there are certain parts left blank for them to complete. If you need to confirm facts and find yourself in a hopeless situation where you have no evidence, Wafer Phillips can help. Whether you need advice about making a statutory declaration or require someone to oversee the process, we are ready and waiting with a helping hand. With an impressive record and an extensive catalogue of knowledge, advice and support, we are always keen to guide you through the process of navigating statutory declarations. You can either contract us via telephone on 0151 256 7898 or by email to find out more about how to get started with your statutory declaration.