Can I administer a joint statutory declaration?

I’ve been asked to administer a joint statutory declaration by a husband and wife in respect of lost deeds to their jointly owned, unregistered property. Is a joint declaration permitted and, if so, should I charge one or two administration fees?

It’s possible for two declarants to make one statutory declaration, provided it’s drafted appropriately to reflect this and both individuals will need to sign in the spaces provided on the signature block.

Under the Commissioners for Oaths (Fees) Order 1993, SI 1993/2297, as regards your fee for taking the statutory declaration, you must charge:

  • £5 for each person making the same
  • £2 for each exhibit referred to

For more information, see our guide to the Execution of Documents (3rd edition).

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