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Document Certification by video now possible
Document Certification by video now possible

Up until now, it has not been possible to have documents certified during the coronavirus lockdown. The reason for this is that both the client and the person administering the oath or affirmation needed to be in the same location.

However, as a result of the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No 2) Act 2020, it is now possible to certify documents over a video link.

During the course of the pandemic lockdown, we’ve seen a number of innovative practices introduced through the use of technology.

Wills and Powers of Attorney can now been signed and completed over a video link and we’ve seen virtual court hearing introduced. The Registers of Scotland has also begun accepting digital submissions because it’s closed its offices and not dealing with postal deliveries.

One of the final elements in the day to day business of being solicitors is being able to certify documents for clients. These are usually dealt with by a Notary Public in Scotland (most solicitors are also notaries public) and the certification can now range from something as straight forward as certifying someone’s identity to administering an oath or affirmation on an Affidavit required in a family law court action.

In normal circumstances, the solicitor and client will be in the same room when this is done. However, due to social distancing rules currently in place, this isn’t possible at the moment. So, for the foreseeable future, the notarisation or certification of the documents can now take place over a video link.

If you have documents that require to be certified, please contact us and we’ll be pleased to deal with this for you.