HELP! Solicitor or Notary? Stat declaration Italy wedding

Hi everyone,

I’m getting conflicting information from different solicitors so hoping anyone who is getting married or got married in Italy can help!

Can a solicitor witness and stamp our statutory declaration or does it have to be a notary?

Our wedding planner (and the UK Gov website) says solicitor or notary but I’ve been told by a couple of firms it must be a notary (which takes cost up from £5 to £100!).

Any advice much appreciated

Thanks

Jess xxx

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  • MrsCToBeeMrsCToBee Posts: 2,949 New bride

    The confusion is probably because many solicitors are also notaries.

    We needed some documents certified for our mortgage and used a notary at a local solicitor's firm - took 5 minutes and think he charged us about £20.

    Just google "notary *your town name*" to find one.

  • Thank you. I’ve done that and shopped around and the fee ranges from £100+ so don’t want to go to a notary if a solicitor can just witness it for £5.

    If anyone is going through the process of an Italian wedding, please help! X

  • GinAndBlingGinAndBling Posts: 1,311 New bride

    Is it this stat dec?

    If so I’ve sworn them as a solicitor. Notary publics are a different thing, but yes some notary are also soliciors. All solicitors are commissioners of oaths (Confused yet) and the maximum we can charge is £5 per declaration plus £2 for any exhibit. 

    Usually if a notary is needed it will say it on the jurat at the bottom (before me...., Notary Public). 

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  • Ashley72Ashley72 Posts: 1,136 New bride

    We get married in Italy too and I was under the impression it was a notary needed as they require an Apostille.

  • GinAndBlingGinAndBling Posts: 1,311 New bride

    If having documents legalised they can be done by notaries or solicitors: https://www.gov.uk/get-document-legalised

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  • MrsT2017MrsT2017 Posts: 224 New bride

    We got married in Lake Como and ours was done by a solicitor for a fee of £10 don’t go paying over the odds!! Ours was absolutely fine and we are now legally married!! 😃

  • Thanks so much for your responses everyone!! So helpful! Going to see our solicitor today.

  • I just wanted to post a response in case any one else finds themselves in the situation I was in! I took advice from this thread and didn't use a notary, we went to our local solicitor and paid £10 (£5 each). 

    We're now married and had no problems with our documents 

  • Lisa226Lisa226 Posts: 127

    Ours was done by a solicitor who didn’t charge! The stamp will be put on when you send it off.  Also, when you get married in Italy, ask if they can provide you with a translated copy of your marriage certificate, may save you doing it here.  x 

  • Hi all, I know this thread hasn’t been written on for a while, but I am getting proper stressed with this paperwork. We have our solicitor appointment tomorrow.

    im just wondering what is written at the bottom of the declaration where it states 

    This.......day of......20........ at.............

    also I know the solicitor has to sign but do they also have to put put their stamp if they have one? 

    Thank you in advance, 
    Lauren
  • Hi Lauren, 

    We have recently done this. I too was worrying about this but it is literally the date day/month/year/time. I did not fill that part out the solicitor did that for us. They have done lots of these forms before so they know what to write. 


    I hope this is reasurring for you! x
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