free name change template deed - How to change your name
What do you want to be called?
In this Hub i will tell you exactlly what you have to do to change your name for free. It is perfectly legal and very simple to do. I have provided a template of a name change deed below.
Lawyers charge people to change their name at a ridiculous rate. They fool us into thinking that it must be done through a Lawyer, and then they attach a fee that we feel we HAVE to pay.
It is a well kept secret, that ANYBODY, can in fact, change their name at any time they wish and not have to pay huge fee’s for the privilege. All it will cost you is the price of a few stamps.
People use Lawyer’s to change names for any number of reasons, they could be getting married or divorced, adopting a child, Changing religion or even just because they don’t like their current name. But my point is, 99.9% of people do this via a solicitors firm.
In this Hub I am going to tell you exactly what you have to do to change your name yourself. Don’t worry, it is actually really easy and can be done in no time at all.
When someone is born, the parents have to go and register the birth into the public records. When this is done, the registrar issues a birth certificate which is a document that proves the day you were born, the name (title) you have been given, the location of the birth and the names, address and employment details of the parents. It is against the law not to register a child. The name on that birth certificate is your title; it is what people will call you by. We are allowed to change our names but this must be done in the right way. When somebody changes their name, they have to sign a deed that declares they will be abandoning their old name and adopting a new one. The person changing their name is swearing an oath that from the day forward of signing the deed, they will longer respond or declare themselves by their previous name.
All that is involved in changing your name correctly and legally is to follow the rules of a deed i.e it must be signed by the person changing their name and by a witness that is not related to the person.
The reason name changes are usually done through Lawyers is because a deed is considered a legal document. It is also a legal document that must be worded correctly for it to be valid.
After the deed has been written and signed, the new name is now your name by Law. Now you have to abide by the deed and as you declared you will no longer be known by your previous name, you have to inform everyone in your dealings of your new name. You will have to tell your bank, your tax office, your employer and anybody else you have some sort of relationship or contact with. This is quite easy to do. You simply write a cover letter and send it to everyone along with a copy of the deed. Because the deed is a legally binding document, everybody you inform about your new name has to accept it. You will get new bank cards through with your new name, a new driving licence, the names on your household bills will need to be changed. This process may take some time but eventually, all correspondence you receive will have your new name on it.
So back to the deed. How do you write a legally binding deed by yourself? This is the easy part. All you do is use a template. Any deed for a name change that has been written before will be worded in the same way. You just change the names in the deed to your old and new names and that is really it. So long as you were witnessed by an unrelated person signing the deed it is a legally binding document.
Steps to take:
- Choose your new name
- Plan the day you want to change it
- (this could be quite important because as an example, you don’t want your passport to have a different name to the tickets for your vacation, this could cause problems)
- Arrange for a non-relation to witness you signing the deed.
- The witness signs and dates the deed
- You have your new name so now you have to tell everyone you have any dealings with.
Here is an example of a deed. You can use the words in this template to change your name. So long as you follow the steps above, you have legally changed your name for free.
The choice is all yours
Name change deed Template
You have to follow the wording in this template word for word because any mistakes could render this document void.
####### START OF DEED TEMPLATE ########
CHANGE OF NAME DEED
BY THIS DEED I the undersigned NEW NAME now lately called OLD NAME do hereby:-
1. For and on behalf of myself wholly renounce relinquish and abandon the use of my former name OLD NAME and in place thereof do assume from the date hereof the name of NEW NAME and so that i may hereafter be called, known and distinguished not by my former name of OLD NAME but by my assumed name of NEW NAME.
2. For the purpose of evidence such my determination declare that I shall at all times hereafter in all records, deeds and writings and in all proceedings and transactions as well as private and public and upon all occasions whatsoever use and sign the name of NEW NAME as my name in place of and in substitution of my former name of OLD NAME.
3. I expressly authorise and request all persons at all times hereafter to designate and address me by such assumed name of NEW NAME.
IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto subscribed my former and adopted names of OLD NAME and NEW NAME THIS Tenth day of July One Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety Eight.
SIGNED AS DEED BY
Formerly known as
In the presence and witnessed by:
######## END OF DEED TEMPLATE ######
Simply fill in your new name in the ‘NEW NAME’ space and your old name in the ‘OLD NAME’ space.
NOTE: Although its not absolutely necessary, I would advise you to format this template yourself using a tool such as Microsoft Word. This template only gives the correct wording to use for your deed but with a few styling tweaks here and there, you could easily make this deed look very professional. But as I said, its not absolutely necessary because even if you just copy and paste the template and keep it looking exactly the same, nobody is going to question it's authenticity.
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