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Providing a complete apostille service includes the certification of documents by one of our solicitors. We offer a total legalisation service to save you both time and money. UK documents signed by our solicitor are guaranteed to be issued with a UK apostille.
When a document is legalised with the apostille it must have the stamp of a recognised body or the signature of a public official or solicitor. Without the correct certification a document cannot be legalised.
Many documents have the required signature or stamp and do not need further certification. For example birth certificates, marriage certificates, court documents and HMRC letters normally do not need to be signed by a solicitor.
Other documents do need checking and certifying by a solicitor. Common examples are company documents, personal papers and academic or qualification certificates. These are not typically signed by a recognised public official.
In simple terms a solicitor will check a document and then add a statement why they are certifying the document and then add their signature.
The type of certification added to a document will depend on what the document is and why it is being certified. In many circumstances a document may simply be certified as a copy, or as an original. If you are having your signature witnessed then the solicitor will add ‘signed in my presence’ or ‘witnessed by’ to confirm they saw the document being signed.
Certification on documents needs to be done correctly. It is important that documents contain the correct statement, are signed in a solicitor’s name and not the firm’s and that it is clear what date the document was signed.
In practice nearly all documents can be certified by a solicitor. However, not all documents should be as it serves no purpose when legalising documents. We will let you know if your document needs to be signed by our solicitor and will never charge you for services you do not need.
Using our solicitor certification service means that documents are quickly checked and correctly certified by one of our solicitors. This prevents delays with the legalisation as we ensure all documents are prepared by one our of team
Our dedicated legalisation team work with a wide range of documents every day. Your order will be handled by a trained member of the team who will prepare the documents as required.
If you need advice on getting your documents correctly certified please get in touch. We can offer you the best advice on contacting a solicitor or using our fully inclusive service.