Attestation

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Definition: Attestation


Quick Summary of Attestation


The act of watching someone sign a legal document, such as a will or power of attorney, and then signing your own name as a witness. When you witness a document in this way, you are attesting — that is, stating and confirming — that the person whom you watched sign the document, in fact, did so. Attesting to a document does not mean that you are vouching for its accuracy or truthfulness. You are only acknowledging that you watched it being signed by the person whose name is on the signature line.



What is the dictionary definition of Attestation?

Dictionary Definition


  1. A thing that serves to bear witness, confirm, authenticate, validation, verification, documentation.
  2. A confirmation or authentication.
  3. The process, performed by accountants or auditors, of providing independent opinion on published financial and other business information of a business, public agency, or other organization.
  4. An appearance in print or otherwise recorded on a permanent medium.

n. the act of witnessing a signature for the purpose of declaring that a document (like a will) was properly signed and declared by the signer to be his or her signature.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Attestation are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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