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is a Deed Poll?
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About Deed Polls
What is a Deed Poll?
Deed Poll is a legal document - not a certificate. It is a form of legal
contract but it differs from legal contracts between two or more parties in
that it only concerns one person (and it is only signed by that person in
the presence of a witness). A Deed Poll legally binds the person who signs
it to a particular course of action as detailed on the Deed Poll document.
Although Deed Poll documents are used for various
purposes relating to an individual or a company legally committing
themselves to doing something, they have one generally accepted meaning and
usage and that is for officially recognising a change of name. However, the
correct legal name for a deed that has been drawn up to change someone's
name is a Deed of Change of Name (but more commonly known as a Deed Poll).
A Deed Poll for a change of name contains three
declarations and by executing the Deed Poll (signing, dating and having your
signing witnessed) you are legally committing yourself to:
Importantly, our Deed Poll documents carry our
official seal, so there is no question about their authenticity.
- Abandoning the use of your former name;
- Using your new name only at all times;
- Requiring all persons to address you by your new name only.
In summary, a Deed Poll issued by us will provide you
with documentary evidence that you have changed your name, enabling you to
get all your official documents and records changed to your new name.
Although a Deed Poll is thought of as an English legal document, our Deed
Poll documents are recognised by all United Kingdom government departments,
companies and organisations and by all British Embassies and High
Commissions around the world.
Last updated: 12 August 2013
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