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Why is it called a Deed Poll?

 
 

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A ‘deed’ is a signed and sealed legal agreement in writing, which enforces a right or entitlement. 

The word ‘Poll’ is an Archaic legal word used to refer to documents which had straight edges (polled).  This method made it possible to distinguish between a deed which affected one person from a deed concerning more than one person.  In the past, a Deed was written out more than once on a piece of paper and then unevenly torn or ‘indented’ down the middle so each person concerned had a deed with corresponding tears, thus preventing forgery.

A Deed Poll is a legal document binding only a single person or several people acting together to express an interest or intention, rather than a promise. Therefore, the Deed only concerned one person and had straight edges, said to have been polled, which explains why the term ‘Deed Poll’ is now used.

 
 

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