Apostille for Criminal Record Checks

We have seen an increase in the number of criminal record checks legalised over recent years. The document can be required for many different reasons. Some of the common reasons our clients require legalisation for criminal record checks is for relocating overseas or applying for jobs in foreign countries. Future employers or government offices request the criminal record check as part of the verification process.

The documents can be issued by a number of different organisations in many different formats. Some of the common certificates we process are:

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Changes to the UK Passport Design

We have received notification from the UK Passport Office and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office regarding the change of design and layout of the UK passport. If you have recently obtained a new passport you will notice they now need to be signed in pen. Passport designs are updated from time to time, so why is this change important?

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What is a Statutory Declaration?

A Statutory Declaration is a statement or fact that is created and signed in the presence of a UK solicitor, Notary Public or anyone who is authorised by law to hear it. Statutory Declarations are signed in the presence of a UK official to ensure that the written statement does not contain any false information or material. The person making the declaration is made aware of their responsibilities. To knowingly make a false declaration could result in legal proceedings being taken against that person.

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Christmas and New Year Processing Times

Christmas is approaching and another year is coming to a close. For many, this time is a period of relaxation but this can be a busy time of year for some as preparations for the New Year are undertaken. Each year we often find some of the most urgent orders are received during this period and we strive to maintain our efficient service wherever possible.

Below you will find everything you need to know about our processing times over the festive period.

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Apostille for Passport

Legalising a passport for use in another country need not be expensive or time consuming. Whilst it is predominately a travel document, the passport is also used as proof of identification or citizenship. In various circumstances you may be asked to provide a copy of your passport to an overseas authority, for example when opening an international bank account, and in such situations the Apostille may be required.

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Managing the Estate of the Deceased when Assets are held in Spain

Managing the estate of a deceased person can be a difficult process and this can be exacerbated by the circumstances. When the deceased held assets overseas there are many legal barriers to overcome.

Expatriation to Spain is becoming more and more commonplace for UK citizens. Furthermore, many people choose to invest their money overseas to diversify their interests and provide financial security in the long term. Following the death of an individual there are several documents that may require legalisation when managing the property of the deceased.

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What is a Notary Public and Do You Need One?

When researching how to get your documents prepared for overseas use, you will come across many words and phrases that are often used to describe services offered. These are often interchangeable, occasionally misused and sometimes confusing. You will read about apostilles, legalisation, certification, attestation and also notarisation.

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