Numerous legal documents, such as Affidavits, Statutory Declarations and Insolvency Forms, must be sworn on oath in front of a solicitor. When a document is sworn, you are confirming that the contents of the document are true and accurate. If you have a legal representative and they prepared the document, you cannot swear the document in front of them and, must instead, see an independent solicitor.
You must be sure that you can confirm that the contents of any document you swear are true and accurate to the best of your belief. There are potentially serious consequences for swearing that something is true, which is later shown to be inaccurate; such as being held in contempt of court and, possibly, imprisonment. It is, therefore, up to you to check the content carefully, as the solicitor only signs to confirm that the document was sworn in front of them and not that the content was accurate.
The fee for having a document sworn is £5 per document plus £2 for each document exhibited to the main document being sworn.
Rooks Rider Solicitors is available to assist with the swearing of documents. Please telephone our reception on 0207 689 7000 to make an appointment to see one of our solicitors.
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