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The Legal Stamp: Understanding Why Solicitors Sign Degree Certificates for Apostilles

In the world of international document validation, solicitors play a pivotal role in ensuring the authenticity of academic documents like degree certificates. This article explores the reasons why solicitors are frequently required to sign degree certificates for apostilles, shedding light on the legal complexities that govern this process.

The Legal Stamp - Apostille Argentum UK

Understanding the importance of Apostilles

Apostilles are crucial for validating the authenticity of documents for use in countries that are part of the Hague Apostille Convention. They certify that a document, such as a degree certificate, is genuine and can be accepted by authorities in another member country without further verification.

Why Solicitors?

Solicitor Certification & legalisation:

Solicitors provide a crucial layer of legal authentication. Their primary responsibility is to certify the document’s authenticity. This certification confirms that the document is either an original or a true copy of the original, a crucial step that sets the foundation for further legalisation by the FCDO.

Verification of Accuracy:

Solicitors verify that the information on the degree certificate is accurate and matches the details provided by the issuing institution. This helps prevent fraudulent use of documents.

Compliance with Legal Requirements:

Many countries require documents to be signed by a solicitor or notary public to be considered legally valid. Solicitors ensure that the degree certificate meets these requirements.

Protection Against Fraud:

Solicitors are trained to detect fraudulent documents. By signing the degree certificate, they certify its authenticity, providing an additional layer of protection against fraud.

How Apostille Argentum Can Help

Apostille Argentum specialises in providing apostille services for academic documents, including degree certificates. Our team of experts can assist you in navigating the complex process of legal validation, ensuring that your documents meet the requirements of the destination country. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you authenticate your academic documents for international use.