Attestation

AAA

DEFINITION of 'Attestation'

The act of witnessing the signing of a document and then also signing it to verify that it was properly signed by those bound by its contents.

INVESTOPEDIA EXPLAINS 'Attestation'

Ideally the person acting as the witness to the signing of a document is an independent third party. Most often people will attest for a will or power of attorney.

RELATED TERMS
  1. Estate Planning

    The collection of preparation tasks that serve to manage an individual's ...
  2. Power Of Attorney

    A legal document giving one person (called an "agent" or "attorney-in-fact") ...
  3. Will

    A legally enforceable declaration of how a person wishes his ...
  4. Estate

    All of the valuable things an individual owns, such as real estate, ...
  5. Mandatory Binding Arbitration

    A contract provision that requires the parties to resolve contract ...
  6. Mail Or Telephone Order Merchandise ...

    A regulation that controls businesses that sell products over ...
RELATED FAQS
  1. How do I find a good personal bankruptcy lawyer?

    While it is not necessary to hire an attorney to file bankruptcy, the rules that govern bankruptcy can be extremely complex, ... Read Full Answer >>
  2. What are unregistered securities or stocks?

    Before securities, like stocks, bonds and notes, can be offered for sale to the public, they first must be registered with ... Read Full Answer >>
  3. How does FINRA differ from the SEC?

    With all the financial organizations out there, knowing what they all do can be as complicated as knowing where to invest. ... Read Full Answer >>
  4. Are there regulations against monopolies?

    A monopoly occurs when a single company or group owns all or nearly all of the market for a particular type of product or ... Read Full Answer >>
  5. What is the Dodd-Frank Act? How does it affect me?

    The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is a massive piece of financial reform legislation passed by ... Read Full Answer >>
  6. Can a company be state-run and publicly traded at the same time?

    A state-run company or enterprise cannot be publicly traded in the U.S. However, it is possible to purchase shares of state-run ... Read Full Answer >>
Related Articles
  1. Retirement

    Will Your Retirement Income Be Enough?

    Find out how to determine whether you're on the path to a comfortable retirement, or financial ruin.
  2. Retirement

    Why You Should Draft A Will

    Don't trust the courts to follow your wishes - plan the distribution of your own assets.
  3. Trading Strategies

    10 Tips For The Successful Long-Term Investor

    These guiding principles will help you avoid common folly during the decision-making process.
  4. Options & Futures

    Your Will: Why You Need A Power Of Attorney And Beneficiaries

    What would happen if you were suddenly unable to manage your financial affairs? Preparation is the best protection.
  5. Economics

    Explaining the Glass-Steagall Act

    An act the U.S. Congress passed in 1933 as the Banking Act, which prohibited commercial banks from participating in the investment banking business.
  6. Investing

    Who's Banning Facebook Now?

    Facebook may have over one billion monthly users, but there are many countries, including China, where the social media giant is banned.
  7. Investing

    Why Facebook is Banned in China

    Tight controls imposed by China have resulted in the ban of several foreign social media sites, like Facebook, but how did this come about?
  8. Investing

    REITs 101: How They're Regulated

    Here's everything you need to know about REITs in less than five minutes.
  9. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    How To Start a Hedge Fund In the United States

    A general overview of how to start a hedge fund firm in the United States, including complying with state and federal regulations.
  10. Mutual Funds & ETFs

    How To Start A Hedge Fund In The UK

    Starting a new hedge fund in the United Kingdom is more complex than in the United States. We discuss UK laws and regulations for starting a new hedge fund.

You May Also Like

Hot Definitions
  1. Yield Curve

    A line that plots the interest rates, at a set point in time, of bonds having equal credit quality, but differing maturity ...
  2. Productivity

    An economic measure of output per unit of input. Inputs include labor and capital, while output is typically measured in ...
  3. Variance

    The spread between numbers in a data set, measuring Variance is calculated by taking the differences between each number ...
  4. Terminal Value - TV

    The value of a bond at maturity, or of an asset at a specified, future valuation date, taking into account factors such as ...
  5. Rule Of 70

    A way to estimate the number of years it takes for a certain variable to double. The rule of 70 states that in order to estimate ...
  6. Risk Premium

    The return in excess of the risk-free rate of return that an investment is expected to yield. An asset's risk premium is ...
Trading Center