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What is a deed poll – the legal term?

Whilst we make every effort to make changing your name a simple process we do feel that we should offer a brief explanation of how the term ‘deed poll’ has come into every day use. So here comes a little bit of history and legal jargon.

So, what is a deed poll? In simple terms it is a deed that is carried out by one person. So in the case of a name change deed it refers to the act of one person changing their name. Want a bit more information? The following definitions are provided for further explanation.

The term ‘deed poll’ refers to a document that is binding to a single person only or to several persons acting jointly (as one) to express an act. In the case of a name change deed poll it is a binding document that one person creates to express the act of changing their name.

The word ‘deed’ refers to the action of doing something. In creating a deed there is an intention to act. It is a written document that is properly signed and delivered. These documents are often sealed as well, which leads to the term ‘signed, sealed and delivered’.

The word ‘poll’ is an ancient term that refers to the edge of the paper being cut evenly, or ‘polled’. This means that the document applies to one person as opposed to an indenture which affects more than one person.

We hope that this has offered a simple explanation and not ‘muddied the water’. The important fact remains that our name change deed polls are a simple to use document if you need to change your name.