Name Change Deed Poll

 

 

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Welcome

 
Every day people visit Halliwell, McGregor & Docherty (HMD) to use our secure, online Deed Poll Service, knowing, they are in trusted hands. We also understand very well of the complexities involved in changing a name, whether that be after a marriage, separation or changing a child's name.  We deliver a proven and trusted service to make sure you or your child's Deed Poll is delivered legally and professionally on the day, saving you time and money. We have been drafting Deed Poll documents online since 2007,  and have issued Tens of Thousands Deed Poll documents to adults and their children worldwide. With HMD, a name change by Deed Poll will enable you to legally and confidently change your or your child's name.
 
Surprisingly, people still get confused as to what a Deed Poll is. Some people think it's a certificate, but other people think it's an official office when in fact it's neither. The Deed Polls we draft are classed as un-enrolled, so fewer legalities are necessary for the drafting process, thus saving you time and money and also allowing you to get on with updating all your official documents to show your new name. Please be assured that our business is run at the highest professional standards and we will continue to help you change a name legally and effectively by Deed Poll. (enrolling a name change)
 
HMD are also known to the DVLA, British Passport Service, Banking, Interpol etc. for issuing Deed Polls on a regular basis. So we can guarantee you that, if we prepare a Deed Poll for you or your family, it will always be accepted. (We do offer a full money back guarantee.) All our Deeds are prepared individually, then given a unique barcode which will give us and you immediate access to your Deed Poll in the future, should that be necessary. We also give you the option to permanently erase your Deed Poll from our system, which will prevent future searches, and would mean the re-submitting of a new application. (This is known as a Replacement Deed Poll.)

What exactly is a Deed Poll?

 
A Deed Poll is a legal document, not a certificate. It binds the person who signs it to a particular course of action, as detailed on the Deed Poll document, such as a change of name. The modern term for this document is a Deed of Change of Name. By executing the Deed Poll (signing, dating and having it witnessed) you are committing yourself to:


i. Abandoning the use of your former name

ii. Using your new name at all times

iii. Requiring all persons to address you by your new name

 

HMD-Adult-Deed-PollA Deed Poll therefore provides documentary evidence that you have changed your name and that you are legally binding yourself to using your new name. A Deed Poll is an English legal document, and is recognised by all UK Government Departments and UK companies and organisations.

 

What is the purpose of a Deed Poll?

If you want to get all of your documents and records changed to show a new name e.g. your medical records, bank account, credit cards, passport, driving licence etc, you will be asked to produce documentary evidence of your change of name. A Deed Poll is a formal statement to prove that you have changed your name and it provides you with the necessary evidence of the name by which you wish to be known.

 

With a Deed Poll

You can change your forename(s) or surname, add or remove names, or rearrange your existing names. You can change your name at any time and for any reason provided. However these reason(s) should not be to deceive, defraud or avoid obligation. A Deed Poll can be drafted by any British Citizen aged 18 years and over, living anywhere in the world, or by anyone of any nationality, living in the United Kingdom. (Parents can apply on behalf of their children.) It should also be noted that a Deed Poll is only recognised by United Kingdom Government Departments and UK companies and organisations.

 

Who can apply for a Deed Poll ?

You can apply for a Deed Poll if you are:

A British Citizen living in the United Kingdom or anywhere in the world. If you are a foreign national living in the UK, we advise you to check with your country’s Embassy in London to see if a Deed Poll issued in the UK will be accepted as documentary evidence to get your Passport and other legal documents changed to show your new name. Countries that have a legal system based on the British legal system will usually accept a Deed Poll issued in the UK. However, other countries may ask you to get your deed poll legalised.

 

We will not prepare a Deed Poll for a name that:

Is impossible to pronounce, includes numbers, symbols or punctuation marks. (Although you can have a hyphen to link forenames or surnames e.g. a double-barrelled surname and an apostrophe in the case of surnames like "O’Riley.") 

 

Names considered vulgar or offensive:

Names containing vulgar language or offensive terms will NOT be accepted for drafting at HMD. This refers to profanities, hate speech, blasphemy etc. Within these restrictions also lie false titles of honour, rank or status e.g. changing a forename to General or Sir/Ma'am. 

 

Copyright (©) and Trademarks (™) protection of names.

There is no copyright or trademark protection for people’s names. For example, if you wanted to change your name to Elton John, you can. However, you cannot use your new name if it is intended for impersonation or deception e.g. if you changed your name to Elton John and you published music and/or lyrics in that name, you could face prosecution for plagiarism. 

 

Who do I advise when I change my name?

After changing your name by Deed Poll, you MUST notify everyone that has your legal records (Passport Office, DVLA, Inland Revenue etc.) to let them know you have changed your name. All of these Government Departments and agencies will need to see your original Deed Poll document (or certified copy) as well as your bank, building society or credit card company. Most other companies and organisations will accept our eCopy. If you have changed the name of your child, you will also be required to provide the letter of consent, which we return when we send you your Deed Poll by post. Templates can easily be found on the Internet.

 

Can I draft my own deed poll?

Yes. If you have access to a printer, simply print out a template and draft correctly, making sure there are NO errors in spelling, as this may affect the outcome of your document. 

  Adult Deed Poll Form

 Adult Deed Poll

 
Secure UK Adult Deed Poll and Replacement Deed Poll Service.
 

Legally, you are permitted to change any part of your name e.g. forename, middle name, surname, or your entire name. This includes making an alteration in spelling, or re-arranging existing names. Our fees start from £7.99 (First Class postage is included.) Your Deed Poll will be professionally presented, drafted and printed on high quality 100gsm paper. Your document will be sent in a plain window envelope for confidentiality. Extra copies are £1.00. Apply online before 4.00 pm weekdays for same day processing.

 

Once you have completed the form, you will then receive a Free ePDFDeedPoll™ manually drafted, checked and sent the same day by: admin@hmdeedpoll.org.uk for you to view and print - use same day if need be. This is a legal, verifiable document and once printed and executed.

 

We will deliver the following to your chosen delivery address within 1-3 working days:


• Your UK Deed Poll Document (By Freepost)
• Your additional certified copies, should you require any.
• A list of the top ten record holders who you will need to inform of your name change.
• Written instructions explaining how to sign your Deed Poll with your witness.
• A covering letter to send to organisations instructing them to change their records to show your new name.

    Child Deed Poll Form

Child Deed Poll

 

You can easily change your child’s name by UK Deed Poll providing those with Parental Responsibility consent to the name change. If your child is 16 or over, they must draft their own Deed Poll. If you have sole Parental Responsibility and the father has regular contact with your child you should still obtain the father’s consent to the change of name. If a parent with or without Parental Responsibility refuses consent to the change of a child’s name, then a Court Order permitting the change should be obtained first.

 

Our fees start from £13.99 per Deed Poll (First Class postage is included.) Your Deed Poll will be professionally presented, drafted and printed on high quality 100gsm paper. Your document will be sent in a plain brown window envelope for confidentiality. Extra copies are £1.00. Apply online before 4.00 pm weekdays for same day processing.

 

Once you have completed the above form you will then receive a Free ePDFDeedPoll™ manually drafted, checked and sent by: admin@hmdeedpoll.org.uk for you to view and print – use same day if need be. This is a legal, verifiable document and once printed and executed.

 

We then will deliver the following to your chosen delivery address within 1-3 working days:

 

• Your Child UK Deed Poll Document – Free-post
• Your additional certified copies, should you require any.
• A list of the top five record holders who you will need to inform of your child’s name change.
• Written instructions explaining how to sign your Deed Poll with your witness.

How our Service works online:

 

Step 1: Complete the appropriate questionnaire (either the UK Adult Deed Poll or UK Child Deed Poll.)  You can call us weekdays 10am — 5pm for guidance.

Step 2: When you have completed the questionnaire, admin@hmdeedpoll.org.uk will manually draft your eCopy Deed Poll and send it to your given email address same day formatted in a unlimited print PDF Document.

Step 3: Once you receive your email from admin, you will then need to open and read your eCopy Deed Poll. You can also print and use your eCopy same day should that be required. It must be executed (Signed & Witnessed) before it becomes a legal document. Please DO NOT photocopy once executed, as many record holders may refuse it.

Step 4: You will then need to wait for your certified copy/copies to be delivered, but we will ask you how you would prefer your Deed Poll to be delivered. (Royal Mail Standard postage is included in our fee - within 1-3 working days.)

Step 5: Royal Mail will then deliver your Hard-copy Deed Poll, which by this point you can then begin to distribute your Deed Poll(s) and notify all your legal record holders of your change of name. (We will also send you a list of the Top 10 UK legal record holders, as this may be of some guidance in the process.) A good place to start would be with your bank, and we will even include a customised covering letter to make things even easier for you.

Helpline: 0161 8500917 | 10am — 5pm Weekdays