Victor Warner—Notary Public

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020 8892 0092


07930 405 336



49 Moor Mead Road
St Margarets

I need to sign an affidavit or a declaration


Other essential things you need to know when you use a notary

In all the notarial work I do there I things I have to do including:

What happens when an affidavit or a declaration is signed before a notary?

Besides, obviously, you signing the affidavit or declaration, you are also asked to affirm as to the truth to the affidavit, declare as to the truth of the declaration. You can also swear on a religious book. You will normally be asked to repeat wording such as the following:

“I [your say your full name], do solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm that this is my name and handwriting and that the contents of this my declaration are true [and that these are the exhibits referred to therein].”

(Where it says “may name and handwriting” I will point in the document where your name is printed and where you have signed.)

Things you should do if you are asked to sign an affidavit or declaration

Here are few things you should check before you come to see me:

For example, if you are purchasing a property in some states of the United States of America, you may be asked to sign a series of affidavits (such as financial solvency, agreement that for (financial) checks, etc being made on you). These are normally all routine type of documents and there only things that change are that addition of your name, address etc. Making changes to them (usually in hand) can sometimes be unacceptable or cause delay later on (when they are passed on to who needs to see them). It is always best to agree any changes you wish to make with the person/company/organisation who has provided the standard form affidavit.

What is an affidavit or declaration?

An affidavit or declaration may seem to be like any other document you sign. But there are some key differences (at least in the United Kingdom).

The main one is that when you sign an affidavit or declaration you are doing the equivalent of going into a court as a witness and swearing to tell the truth. Just as in court, where if you deliberately state something which is not true, you commit an offence (by telling a lie). An affidavit or declaration is the written equivalent of making a statement in a court room.


Last updated: 27 July 2015.