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Document Certification

As fully regulated and authorised solicitors, we have powers to administer oaths, take affidavits and statutory declarations. We can also assist in the creation, certification and attestation of certain documents to give them legal effect. 

 

The services we offer includes:

1. Certifying documents (providing true copies)

We can provide certified true copies of documents by verifying a photocopy of an original document is a true copy of the original. We charge a fixed fee of £10 plus VAT for certifying each document (up to 3 pages). You need to bring the original of the documents to us for this service. For more complex or larger volume of documents, please get in touch. 

2. Apostille / Legalisation of documents

An apostille is a certificate which confirms the signature, seal or stamp on a UK document to be authentic so that it will be accepted and recognised when presented in another country outside of the UK which is a  signatories to the 1961 Hague Convention

We are registered with the Legalisation Office of the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and hold a business account with them. We can apply for a same day apostille service if your matter is urgent. Please get in touch for enquiry.

3. Witnessing statutory declarations, affirmations, affidavits or oaths

Statutory declarations, affirmations, affidavits or oaths should be signed in the presence of a solicitor (or Commissioner for Oaths or notary public) to give their legal effects. 

4. Preparing statutory declarations 

Statutory declarations might sometimes be needed for certain instances, for example, to declare one’s identity, nationality or marital status in the absence, for example, of a birth or marriage certificate.  We are able to draft a tailor made statutory declaration for you that suits your need. Our charge starting from £180 plus VAT and charge may vary depending on complexity of the matter. Please get in touch for a quote.

5. Power of Attorney and Lasting Power of Attorney

A power of attorney is a legal document that allows you (as a "donor") to appoint someone (an "attorney") to make decisions for you or act on your behalf. There are different types of Power of Attorney:

 

I) An ordinary Power of Attorney allows someone to make decisions for you, e.g. on financial matters for a limited period of time. It ceases to be valid if the donor lose his mental capacity.

II) A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) allows someone to make decisions for you in future if you lose mental capacity or develop, or think you may develop, an illness that may stop you making decisions for yourself. You must have mental capacity when you make the LPA. There are two types of LPA:

  • property and financial affairs

  • health and welfare

In England, a LPA must be registered with the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) before it can be used. 

 

Our charge for drawing up a Power of Attorney or LPA starting from £180 plus VAT and charge may vary depending on complexity of the matter. Please get in touch for a quote.

6. Change of name deed polls

If you want to change your name, we can create a Change of Name Deed for you. 

7. Verifying ID1 form for property transaction

Form ID1 is a form used by the HM Land Registry to verify the identify of an individual who is a party of a conveyancing transaction but does not have a legal representation. We charge a fix fee of £125 plus VAT for this service. 

For any other document certification services, please contact us