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  • Deposit Protection

    Solicitor charge for witnessing DPS form

    The DPS insist that they require a Solicitor to witness stamp their Statutory Declaration forms.

    Firstly I don't understand why they need this and secondly I believe they state that the solicitor will charge around £5 for this. I have found the fee to differ considerably between different solicitors. What are you paying?

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    Solicitors usually charge £5 to witness a signature but they charge more if they need to do anything more, i.e. verify information, provide advice.


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    When you make a statutory declaration you are formally confirming the accuracy and truth of the documents to which it relates and to be effective it has to be sworn in the presence of an authorised person, usually a solicitor, who then has to countersign the declaration to confirm that it has been properly executed, rather than witnessing your signature.

    It fulfils a similar purpose to the oath that you would swear before giving evidence in Court and the penalties for making a false statement are similar.

    The fee is normally £5 but some might charge extra for signing the accompanying documents.

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