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    • aran13
    • By aran13 15th Sep 17, 5:29 PM
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    Deed poll not 'official' enough - help?
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    • 15th Sep 17, 5:29 PM
    Deed poll not 'official' enough - help? 15th Sep 17 at 5:29 PM
    Hey! I'm totally new to this forum but you guys seem like the ones to talk to about this so here goes. I legally changed my first and middle name about 4 months ago using a free deed poll I wrote up myself. It's signed by me, witnessed by someone I know and the bank has accepted it so I know I wrote it up right. Except my GP refuses to accept it.

    Apparently because 'anyone could type it up' (which is kinda the whole point of a free deed poll right?) it isn't official enough for them to accept it and change my name on their records. I really don't want to spend money on a fancier one just in case they reject that too and I'm sure that my current deed poll is already valid in the eyes of the law, so I don't know what to do.

    Should I find a solicitor and pay for them to certify it? Or just pay for a cheap deed poll online that will look more official than my signed print out?
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    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 15th Sep 17, 6:03 PM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 6:03 PM
    Use your original name with them?
    • GlasweJen
    • By GlasweJen 15th Sep 17, 6:09 PM
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    • 15th Sep 17, 6:09 PM
    Hey! I'm totally new to this forum but you guys seem like the ones to talk to about this so here goes. I legally changed my first and middle name about 4 months ago using a free deed poll I wrote up myself. It's signed by me, witnessed by someone I know and the bank has accepted it so I know I wrote it up right. Except my GP refuses to accept it.

    Apparently because 'anyone could type it up' (which is kinda the whole point of a free deed poll right?) it isn't official enough for them to accept it and change my name on their records. I really don't want to spend money on a fancier one just in case they reject that too and I'm sure that my current deed poll is already valid in the eyes of the law, so I don't know what to do.

    Should I find a solicitor and pay for them to certify it? Or just pay for a cheap deed poll online that will look more official than my signed print out?
    Originally posted by aran13
    If you're not in Scotland (deed polls don't exist in Scotland) just write your GP a letter explaining that you've changed your name from X to Y and enclose a copy of your deed poll and a bank statement.
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    • peachyprice
    • By peachyprice 16th Sep 17, 9:46 AM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 9:46 AM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 9:46 AM
    You're quite right, what you have is adequate in the eye of the law, there is absolutely no need to pay for a 'fancy' deed poll.

    Could you wait until you have told HMRC or have your passport or driving licence in your new name then use that for the GP?
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    • SnowTiger
    • By SnowTiger 16th Sep 17, 12:33 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 12:33 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 12:33 PM
    https://www.gov.uk/change-name-deed-poll/enrol-a-deed-poll-with-the-courts

    It seems odd that you can change your name on government issued documentation, such as a passport or driving licence, using a deed poll you've made yourself; yet other organisations will only accept an enrolled deed poll.
    • Gers
    • By Gers 16th Sep 17, 12:48 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 12:48 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 12:48 PM
    AFAIK and understand you can call yourself anything without the need of a deed poll ( as long as it's not to commit fraud).

    My first forename has never been used and I'm not known by it anywhere. All official and other documentation has my preferred second forename showing, the other doesn't even get a mention.
    • wacko911
    • By wacko911 16th Sep 17, 2:15 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 2:15 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 2:15 PM
    Just print it on fancy yellow parchment paper. Looks like a certificate then. Even the 'wax' stamp on mine looks genuine when printed on fancy paper.
    • sheramber
    • By sheramber 16th Sep 17, 3:20 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 3:20 PM
    Did you speak to the practice manger?
    • lincroft1710
    • By lincroft1710 16th Sep 17, 3:42 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 3:42 PM
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    • 16th Sep 17, 3:42 PM
    My maternal grandfather was always known by his second forename, his death certificate even showed "B A Smith" instead of "A B Smith". So much for official documentation!
    • KILL BILL
    • By KILL BILL 17th Sep 17, 7:59 PM
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    You have been given incorrect details by the doctors surgery.

    Speak to the practice manager rather than the receiptionist as they dont have clue

    Last year changed names and the only problem I had was with barclaycard who said deep poll had to be notarised - i complained and they conceded that their member of staff was wrong and paid compensation for the hassle
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