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Can you witness and sign a NSW statutory declaration?

Yes. A notary public is a qualified witness who can sign a statutory declaration in New South Wales. However, if you are intending to use that statutory declaration in New South Wales then you can also sign it in front of a lawyer or a justice of the peace. Unlike a notary public or a lawyer, the services of a justice of the peace are free.

If you are signing a NSW statutory declaration, it is unnecessary to engage the services of a notary public or a lawyer unless you are unable to find a justice of the peace.

If you are signing a statutory declaration for another state or a different country (other than Australia) be aware that different states and countries may use different documents (and wordings), so you should check with your lawyer in the relevant state or country for their specific templates.

You may find that there are many forms of templates for different documents available on the internet, and even though many clients use these forms successfully, the internet can often be an unreliable source of information.

Where can I find templates for a statutory declaration?

If you are looking for the NSW statutory declaration template, you can find them at the following links.

If you are looking for templates for other states or countries, the standing advice is to have your documents prepared by your lawyer in the intended destination state or country. This will ensure that your statutory declaration will be legally valid and acceptable according to their laws to avoid any hassle, delay or additional unnecessary cost. Otherwise, you may be able to find templates from the relevant foreign office or government departments or failing all of that you may be able to find templates on the internet.

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Notary Public

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Ern Phang is a director of Phang Legal and a notary public (since 2005). Ern regularly writes about his experiences as a notary public and the issues faced by his clients in sending documents to other countries.

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