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Certifying Documents2018-12-23T12:30:07+00:00

Certifying Documents

We offer a full range of legal document certification services. This can be helpful if you’re undergoing a legal application process, making a Lasting Power of Attorney, moving abroad or are required to submit a statuary declaration or affidavit.

Certified Copies

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

We are also able to certify photographs to confirm that they are a true likeness of the person pictured.

Financial and legal transactions can require the following documents:

  • Passports
  • Driving licences
  • Birth, death or marriage certificates
  • Letters from government departments or hospitals
  • Bank or building society statements
  • Utility bills

We offer a certified copy document service for a fixed fee.

Acting as a Certificate Provider for Lasting Powers of Attorney

In addition to providing a full range of services to help you make Power of Attorney documents, we are also available to act as Certificate Provider for the person making the Lasting Power.

When you make an LPA, you will be required to submit a certificate completed by an independent individual, often a professional such as a solicitor, registered healthcare professional or social worker. The Certificate Provider must confirm that you had full mental capacity at the time of making your LPA, that you fully understood the implications of making it, and that you weren’t being put under pressure to do so.

Certifying Lasting Powers of Attorney

If you have been named as an Attorney in a Lasting Power of Attorney and the time has come for you to act on behalf of the individual that named you, you will need to obtain at least one certified copy of the LPA. You will then be able to show this document to local authorities, hospital trusts, financial institutions and other bodies as evidence that you are legally entitled to act on behalf of the individual.

Only certain professionals are able to certify Lasting Powers of Attorney.

At Roche Legal we have the qualifications to do so and provide this service for a fixed fee. Please note that we will need to see the original LPA in order to do this.

Contact us for help

Our solicitors will always be happy to discuss your legal needs with you.

Statutory Declarations and Affidavits

In certain financial or legal circumstances, you may be required to provide a statutory declaration or affidavit.

This could be in order to:

  • Legally change your name
  • Access a bank account belonging to a person who has died without a Grant of Probate
  • Confirm nationality, residency or marital status when other documentary evidence is unavailable

We have been appointed by the Chief Justice as Commissioners for Oaths, which means that we are fully qualified to authenticate statutory declarations and affidavits.

Statutory declarations and affidavits are written statements of fact that are witnessed and signed by a solicitor or other qualified professional. In order to make one you’ll need to recite a declaration of truth then sign to confirm the statement you have made is correct. We will then sign, date and state our qualification to authenticate the document.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

If you need to use a document abroad, such as a birth, marriage, death certificate, or ACRO Police Certificate, we can arrange for these documents to be legalised with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO).

When a document is legalised, it confirms to officials in other countries that the document has been issued by a UK public official.

Need further assistance?

Our solicitors will always be happy to discuss your legal needs with you.

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