Legal Ownership

Members are advised, for their own protection, to take notice of Article 4 of the ABA Code of Good Practice (Stolen Property) as well as the CoPAT Code of Due Diligence and to record details of any transaction, using the ABA form or company stationery based on the ABA template. The name of the firm making the purchase, amount and method of payment (together with cheque number where applicable) and date of purchase may be recorded under "Notes" at the end of the form. Members are also advised to use this section of the form to record additional proof of identity and address of the seller (e.g. passport or driving licence number). The ABA already recommends that members make payments by cheque whenever possible but supporting information, showing that due diligence has been exercised, may well be of benefit to the bookseller if a dispute over title arises.

A certificate is available below for you to print on your own headed paper or can be obtained on application to the ABA office.


ANTIQUARIAN BOOKSELLERS ASSOCIATION

CERTIFICATE OF LEGAL OWNERSHIP


 

I, .............................................................................................................................

 

of, ............................................................................................................................

 

................................................................................(Name of Firm, if appropriate, and address)

confirm that I own the following property free of any encumbrances, and that I have the authority to sell the item(s):

(Description of property)...................................................................................………….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furthermore, to the best of my knowledge, the property has not been stolen or illegally exported or imported.

 

...............................................................................................………………......(Signed)

 

.................................................................................................……………….......(Date)

 

Notes: