You may require the need of an independent solicitor to witness your signature to an oath or a declaration or to certify a photocopy. We are able to assist you with this.

Swears and Affirmations

Swears and affirmations are when an individual signs a document in the presence of a Solicitor and “swears” or “affirms” that the contents of that document are true.

Examples of documents that need to be sworn or affirmed include statutory declarations and oaths for executors or administrators as part of the probate process.

The cost of a swear is £5 for the document to be sworn and an additional £2 for each attachment known as an “exhibit”.

Certifying

Occasionally, you may be asked to provide documents that need to be certified as true copies of the original. Document certification can be required for a number of different reasons. You can often be asked to supply these documents for certain official applications including, but not limited to, mortgage applications and new bank or building society account applications. As photocopies of original documents are usually requested there has to be a way confirming that the photocopied documents are a true and exact likeness of the original and to prove there has been no editing or alterations made to the copies. By using a professional document certification service, you can have your documents legally checked and certified in a quick and easy manner.

Sometimes you may wish to submit a certified copy of an important document rather than the original.

You will need to bring the original document to a solicitor who will sign and date a photocopy to confirm it is a true and exact copy of the original.

Examples of types of documents we can certify:
  • Passports
  • Driving licences
  • Birth, death or marriage certificate
  • Letters from government departments or hospitals
  • Bank or building society statements
  • Utility bill
  • ID1 and ID1 forms

Please note that we cannot certify documents that need to be certified by a Notary Public however we can refer you to the appropriate professionals.

Witnessing

Document witnessing is also available. A legal document may need to be witnessed in the presence of a solicitor.

Document witnessing is not Independent Legal Advice.

If you require initial legal advice in connection with a matter, then we are happy to have an initial, no-obligation chat over the telephone.