A deed poll is a sworn statement of name change taken before a witness. Technically, it’s a legally binding agreement you personally undertake where you agree to only be known by a certain name going forward. Anyone can draft the deed, even yourself. However, it’s popular to use a deed prepared by a solicitor because you can be sure it has been professionally drafted and conforms with the correct language.
No matter if you use a solicitor or an online deed poll service, chances are you’re receiving a deed poll which has exactly the same effect. The benefit of using an online deed poll service is that you’ll save up to £120. Deed Poll services have a number of compliant templates that have been drafted by a solicitor. They can help you determine which template suits your needs. An online service can use one template over again, meaning you can get a compliant document at one low fixed fee.
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Solicitors who specialise in deed polls may have a set fee structure and may charge anywhere from £25 to £150, as the fee is one set price you won’t have any surprises when it comes time to pay the bill. If you already see a solicitor for other matters you may be able to add this in with other work you are doing, as notarising and certifying the deed itself may only take a few minutes, but check prices ahead of time to avoid expensive surprises. (cont…)
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If you use a solicitor who doesn’t specialise in deed polls you may find it more expensive, especially as solicitors may have a billing time at around £150/hour. The solicitor will need to draft the deed poll for your exclusive use. If you ever need a replacement deed poll certificate it could be expensive and time-consuming to have it replacement.
If you decide to use a solicitor, choose one where you have an existing relationship or a solicitor who specialises in deed polls. The more affordable and common approach is to use a dedicated deed poll organisation.