Certified True Copy Lawyers In Calgary

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Getting a certified true copy of documents.

Certified true copies of a document are exact copies that have been certified by an individual, such as a lawyer or notary public, to be exact copies. A certified true copy should stand in the place of an original in many situations. Sometimes this process is called document notarization or certified notarization. Occasionally it is referred to as document verification or document validation. This power comes from the Notaries and Commissioners Act in Alberta.

Why Do You Need A Certified True Copy?

Several reasons exist for requiring a verified copy of an original document. The most common reasons that you will need a certified true copy of a document is that you need to send a document to someone but need to keep the original. For instance, a government body or financial institution needs to confirm that you have a document, a degree or a will. Other times a certified copy is made so that the originals do not get lost. for example, in most circumstances, mailing an important document, such as a passport, includes too many risks.

Types Of Documents Lawyers Or Notaries Certify

Our office offers these services for all documents. Further, as the service is to verify a document only, there is no issue at all in the original document is in a foreign language. Often people hesitate to call as they have concerns over the language of the original. Essentially, this service exists for any original document, however we see some more than others. For example, we most frequently provide this service for:

Another similar but very different service to making a certified true copy is our Acceptance Agent service. We are also able to make legal copies of your identification (passport) for your W-7 application. This is a very separate function than the copies that a Notary makes. As an Acceptance Agent for the IRS, we have special authorization when you apply for your ITIN. For more information on ITIN identification certification see the IRS website.

The Process For Making A Certified Copy

Certified copy lawyers make an exact copy of the document requiring certification. Have a copy already, we just then compare the copy to the original. The process sounds complicated but is quick. Often, because you do not have to participate in the process, we accommodate your appointment without you even seeing a lawyer. This makes things faster for you. Step by step, expect the following protocol:

  • You attend at our office with the original document;
  • We make a copy of the original;
  • Alternatively, we compare a copy you bring in to the original to ensure it is an original;
  • We then apply a certified true copy stamp to the document;
  • In some instances, we attach a certifying certificate instead of stamping the document; and lastly
  • We then sign, stamp and seal the document as a notary public.

Do I Need An Original Document To Make A Copy?

Yes, you do.  You need an original of the document you need a certified copy of. We must see the original document when you come in. We can only make a certified copy of a document that we can examine the original of. For instance, if you bring in a photocopy of the document, we cannot make a certified true copy of it as an original. This includes other copies previously certified, as it is not an original document. In some instances, an ability exists to order new originals from the office, government or organization which issues it. those new originals work for the certification process.

How Fast Can A Lawyer Make A Certified Copy?

At Kahane Law Office, our lawyers can normally make a certified true copy within 10 minutes of your arrival. We encourage appointments but same day, walk-in and while-you-wait service is available. Generally this may mean that you have to wait 10-20 minutes for one of our lawyers to finish with a client and then they will be able to certify your copy. Lastly, as we are not downtown, are centrally located and have free parking, you are in and out in no time. We aim to make the whole process quick and easy for you.

Finding Certified True Copy Lawyer In Calgary

We provide the help you need when you need it. Reach out anytime. To schedule an appointment with one of our notaries or commissioners, please contact our experienced team at Kahane Law Office. We also offer walk-in or while-you-wait service. Making it easy for you is always our goal. We can be reached toll-free at 1-877-225-8817 (or 403-225-8810 locally in Calgary, Alberta), or email us directly here today.