Document certification is available. Document certification may be needed for many reasons. Common examples are certifying original Passports and Utility Bills to prove your identity to third parties, such as other Solicitors, or Government Departments.
The certification process is when a solicitor makes a copy of an original document and then signs it to certify that it is a true and accurate copy of the original. The solicitor may also be required to certify the likeness of the applicant of photographic identification. For certification, we will need to see the original document.
Document witnessing is also available. A legal document may need to be witnessed in the presence of a solicitor. Our charges for document witnessing are £50 plus VAT for the first signature and then £10 plus VAT per additional signature.
Payment cannot be made in cash and must be made either in advance via our payment link below or by card payment before the appointment.
Document witnessing is not Independent Legal Advice (ILA).
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’.
Please bring cash with you, as unfortunately, we don’t take card payments for these services. These services are undertaken by an individual lawyer and are therefore not subject to VAT.
On the point of undue influence raised by the guarantors, the court found that the letter the guarantors signed waiving their right to seek independent legal advice was not given under the undue influence of the lender. It rejected the argument that by including the consent to variation clause in the guarantee the lender had created a relationship of trust and confidence between the lender and the guarantors. The guarantors were held to be men of business who understood the risks of giving the guarantee. The doctrine of undue influence was, therefore, not relevant in this case.
(Maxted and another v Investec Bank Plc  EWHC 1997 (Ch))
If you need independent legal advice in connection with a personal guarantee then please contact Nick Attwell on 0207 722 9898.