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A year ago I went to my solicitors to have a paper signed. The solicitor I was directed to asked me to stand up and take the book in my hand and duly signed the document, but she said she wasn’t sure whether she was the right person to do it. I wonder whether she was, and whether the document is legal?

You don’t say what the paper was, but certain formal documents such as affidavits and statutory declarations have to be witnessed by a Commissioner for Oaths or a person with similar powers. Any solicitor with a practising certificate can carry out this function. However a solicitor should not take oaths for documents prepared by his or her own firm. You should check the legality of the document with your solicitors.

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