Statutory Declarations and Affidavits

Statutory Declaration, like an affidavit, is a written statement of facts. The statement is prepared and then verified by a declaration made by the person concerned. The form of the statement is stated clearly in the Canada Evidence Act and also the British Columbia Act. It states-

“I (name of the person concerned), solemnly declare that (clear mention of the facts to be declared). And I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing it to be true and knowing that it is of the same legal force and effect as if made under oath.” Continue reading

Reasons To Be A Notary Public

The services of a notary are highly prestigious as well as a high yielding job. It is an official service to the state that you reside in. The reason more and more people are opting to serve as a notaries vary, but it can surely add on to your credentials and help you to increase your income. Continue reading

Commissioner of Oaths

A Commissioner of Oaths is a person who has the authority to administer and witness oaths and other legal documents in writing. A lawyer or an advocate holding a current practising certificate or a licensed paralegal, and qualified to administer oaths can use the title of Commissioner of Oaths.

A Commissioner of Oath need not be a notary always. A notary public on the one hand can serve as a Commissioner of Oaths, but a Commissioner of Oaths cannot serve the duties of a notary unless he is qualified for it. A notary has more powers than a Commissioner of Oaths. The duty of a Commissioner is to verify that the process of authentication of a document has been followed properly, but he cannot authenticate any document. Whereas the duties of a notary is to verify that a document is valid, has the authority to seal it and can also draw up documents such as contracts, deeds etc. Continue reading

Apostille, Authentication and Legalisation

What is an Apostille?


An Apostille is a legal document issued by Secretary of State in the United States. It is needed for anybody to wish to travel and stay in a country that has participated in the Hague Convention 1961. There are sites on the internet that will give you a clear idea about the list of countries and their travelling and legal requirement. An Apostille certifies the documents that are to be used in the foreign country and authenticates the user. Continue reading