Document certification, particularly when done by a UK solicitor, serves several critical purposes in the context of legalising documents with a UK Apostille certificate:
Validity and authenticity: Certifying a document verifies its authenticity, ensuring that the document in question is not a forgery and was indeed issued by the claimed source. This is particularly important in legal and financial matters where the authenticity of documents can have significant implications.
Prevent fraud and misuse: Certified documents can help prevent fraud and misuse by ensuring that only valid and authentic documents are used in legal proceedings, financial transactions, and other important matters.
Legal requirement: In the context of the UK, it’s a legal requirement for certain types of documents to be certified by a solicitor before they can be legalised with an Apostille.
International recognition: An Apostille certificate is used to legalise a document for international use under the terms of the 1961 Hague Convention. Once a document is legalised with an Apostille, it’s officially recognised in all countries that are part of the Hague Convention. The certification of the document is often the first step in this legalisation process.