The majority of deeds, contracts, statutory declarations, title registry forms need a person to witness the signature of the person making the declaration or entering into the deed or contract. There are a lot of obligations in witnessing and signing of documents, and to witness statutory declarations, the witness must be an ‘authorized witness.’ A witness must not be a party to the instrument.
There are various requirements for execution of legal documents. Depending on whether the document is signed by an individual or a company and the jurisdiction in which the document is operating. Besides physically witnessing the signature, the witness has numerous main obligations comprising:
(1) to verify the identity of the signing person by inquiring if it is them whose name is on the form,
(2) to remind the person of their claim that the statements are true and that there would be penalties for false statements, and
(3) to verify that the declaration does not contain any ‘blanks’ as all fields on the form are to be filled in and it contain the attachments to which it refers.
Authorized witnesses differ depending on the kind of document and with whom it is to be lodged. Normally, the eligible witness must be of more than 18 years of age, is not a party to the transaction, and has taken logical steps to verify the person’s identity. A lot of people may be able to witness a statutory declaration. A Commonwealth statutory declaration under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959 need to be witnessed by a person who is on the list of authorized witnesses, having a connection to Australia. A statutory declaration may be made before a person on the list of authorized witnesses in the Statutory Declarations Regulations 1993 (Cth). The witness must also confirm te identy of the signing party.
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