ATTESTATION (Lat. adtestare, attestare, to bear witness, testis,
a witness), the verification of a deed, will or other instrument
by the signature to it of a witness or witnesses, who endorse or
subscribe their names under a memorandum, to the effect that
it was signed or executed in their presence. The essence of
attestation is to show that at the execution of the document
there was present some disinterested person capable of giving
evidence as to what took place. The clause at the end of the
instrument, immediately preceding the signatures of the witnesses
to the execution, and stating that they have witnessed
it, is known as the attestation clause. In Scots law, the corresponding
clause is called the testing-clause (see Deed; Will
or Testament; Witness).
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