sample and overview of DEED POLL

What is a Deed Poll?

It is a unilateral legal document used specifically for change of a person's name.


Why Change your name

On occasion, you may want to leave and abandon your former name and adopt a new name. 

This may be due to marriage (you wish to use your spouse name), Change of nationality, adoption, the inconsistency of names on your important certificates, and so on. In these or any other circumstances you must need a deed poll to make your new name legally accepted.



Qualities of Deed poll

The common traits of deed poll in common law countries are
·         It must be on a legal paper.
·         It must be attested by the commissioner for oaths.
·         It must be registered by the relevant authority to be effective.



Example of a Deed Poll



DEED POLL


This change of name deed made this……..day of ……………200…, by me, the undersigned……………………………………………………………………now, or lately called……………………………………………………………………, a Tanzanian citizen and it is hereby declared as follows: -  


1. I absolutely and entirely renounce, relinquish and abandon the use of my said former name of ………………………………………………………………………. and assume, adopt and determine to take and use from the date hereof, the name of……………………………………………………………………….in substitution for my former name of……………………………………………. 2. I shall at all times hereafter in all records, deeds, documents, and other writing and in all actions and proceedings as well as in all dealings and transactions and on all occasions whatsoever use and subscribe the said name of……………………………………………………………………..as my name in substitution for my former name of ……………………………………………………………………………so relinquished as aforesaid to the intent that I may hereafter be called and known or distinguished not by the former name of…………………………………………………………………………..but by the name of………………………………………………………………… 3. I authorize and require all persons at all times to designate, describe and address me by the adopted name of ……………………………………………………… 



In Witness Whereof I have hereunto subscribed my adopted and substituted names of ………………………………………………………………………………………… 


Signed and Delivered by the above named) this……….day of …………………………)  ___________________         (New Name)……………………… 20..              )  …………………………………….. Formerly known as……………… …………………………………… (OLD NAME)


BEFORE ME: 


___________________________ COMMISSIONER FOR OATHS 


Name…………………………… Designation:…………………….. Signature: ___________________ Date: _______________________

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