Our Ipswich, Colchester and North London Offices are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5.30pm for you to drop in for swears, affirmations or document certification.
What is 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 cash for the document to be sworn and an additional £2 for each attachment known as an “exhibit”.
Document certification is also available without an appointment. 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 as Government departments.
The certification process is when a Solicitor makes a copy of an original document and then counter-signs to certify that this is a true and accurate copy.
Our charges for document certification are as follows:
- Simple certification: £5.00 per copy certified
- Land Registry Form ID1: £20 per form
- Land Registry Form ID2: £25 per form
For a swear, affirmation or certification you will also need to ensure that you bring with you some photographic identification in the form of a passport or photo driving licence so that you can be identified for the “swear”, “affirmation” or document certification by our Solicitor. For certified ID, you must attend in person as the solicitor will need to certify that the document bears a true likeness to the individual.
We have a number of qualified Solicitors at our Ipswich and North London offices that are “Commissioners for Oaths” so if you need a document to be sworn, affirmed or certified we can help you.
Attwells Solicitors is not a notary public and therefore if you require a document to be notarised then we will not be able to help with this process but can put you in touch with a local firm who will be able to help.
When undertaking a swear, affirmation or certification a Solicitor is not providing legal advice as to the contents or enforceability of the document that you are signing but instead is verifying that you have carried out the swear or affirmation correctly or that the document is an identical copy of the original.
If you require initial legal advice in connection with a matter then we are happy to have an initial chat over the telephone at no obligation.
For swears, affirmations or document certification then please call Attwells Ipswich on 01473 229200, Colchester on 01206 766333 or London on 0207 722 9898 or e-mail us and state your office of preference at firstname.lastname@example.org.