This is doing my head in.
The wording on a deed poll is a little akin to a sort of Masonic oath…you know: the bit about never divulging secrets, under penalty of having your throat slit and being disemboweled…only in the case of the deed poll, you do not so much keep a secret, as call on all and sundry to recognise that you have foresworn your previous name, and require them to call you by your new name. Or else.
Or else what?
This is the bit that has me puzzled,and here therefore are a few questions I would be grateful for answers to (with references where poss) from people of a legal mind.
You do the deed poll (or stat dec).
Are these documents registered anywhere? Compulsorily? Voluntarily?
Is there somewhere I can go view a load of deed polls?
Next up: would I be allowed to use my old name after I’d done a poll?
Or any other name?
And if I did, what would be the penalty for me doing so?
Last but by no means least, what are the penalties if someone else does so?