Christmas Opening Times 2011

We will be closed for business on the 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th and 31st of December, and the 1st and 2nd of January.

During that time you will still be able to place an order via our website, however, your order will not be dispatched until we are back in the office.

Please also note that in the next few weeks orders may be slightly delayed due to the Christmas post.

We wish all of our clients, both old and new, a very happy Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

 

Good to Know

We previously looked into ways you can stay safe when shopping online by avoiding fake or bogus websites in our post entitled ‘Safe Internet Shopping’.

Google and the Citizens Advice Bureau have now teamed up to create a campaign which offers hints and tips for staying safe online and protecting your personal information.

Please see www.google.co.uk/goodtoknow for more information.

Contact List

A handy list of common places most people will need to contact has always been available via the Knowledge Base section of our website and as part of our free downloadable guide booklet.

However, to make things even easier we now include a printed copy of this list with all orders.

Halloween 2011

The leaves are starting to turn, the clocks have gone back and Halloween is upon us once again. But have you ever wondered what your monster name might be? Well now you can find out with this light-hearted monster name generator: http://www.quizopolis.com/halloween_monster_name.php

Today only you can save 10% on the cost of your name change Deed Poll documentation by entering code HALLO11 into the ‘Enter Discount Coupon Code’ box on the checkout screen. This offer is valid until midnight 31st October 2001.

Learn more about Halloween by going to: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/6468637/Halloween-a-history-of-All-Hallows-Eve-from-Samhain-to-trick-or-treat.html

N.B. links to external sites are not endorsed by The UK Deed Poll Office (London) Ltd and no responsibility can be taken for pages maintained by external providers.

Record Numbers of Name Changes

Before the advent of Internet based deed poll companies such as ourselves, you would have needed to visit a local Solicitor to obtain the required documentation to legally change your name. Which would have generally involved a relatively substantial outlay in terms of time and money.

Thankfully, these days it can all be sorted out from the comfort of your home and for a small amount of cash. It’s no surprise then, that these days record numbers of people are choosing to change their names.

The BBC recently published an interesting article about this growing trend on the their website, in which our company is mentioned (see articles ‘What is a deed poll?’ side feature) link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15333140

Updated Instructions

Today (13th October) we have updated the instruction sheet which is supplied with all orders. The instructions have been completely rewritten in response to client feedback to ensure that they are as easy to follow as possible.

Document Format

Today (10th October) we have introduced some minor changes to the presentation of our documents. We’re still using the same high quality 100gsm paper to print our legal deed poll documents, but they are now presented in what we believe to be a more attractive format.

Safe Internet Shopping

With more and more people shopping online, knowing how to avoid rogue websites has never been more important. Thankfully, the vast majority of companies that do business on the Internet do so lawfully.

But unfortunately when searching for a product or service you may stumble across a bogus website. Such websites generally operate by taking money for a product or service that they have no intention of delivering. So how can you avoid this happening to you? Below we have created a list of the things that we would check before interacting with any business online that we had not used before:

  1. Who are they? If they’re a UK limited company then their registration number and registered office address should be clearly displayed on their website. If it’s unclear who operates the site then you may have cause for concern.
  2. Can you speak to them on the phone? It may not be possible for a small business to answer the phone everytime, so an answer message shouldn’t put you off. But if nobody calls back within a reasonable time, or the phone is never answered, then that could indicate a problem.
  3. Do they have any reviews from past customers? Most genuine websites will be proud of their reputation and publish feedback they have received.
  4. Are they part of any accreditation or approval schemes? ISIS, SafeBuy and VeriSign are leading examples of such schemes. Business must apply to join them and will only be allowed to do so if they meet the schemes eligibility requirements.
  5. Who is processing their payments? Industry leaders include PayPoint.net, PayPal, SagePay, Nochex, and WorldPay.

This list is not exhaustive, but by checking a website against these points you should gain a better understanding of what that site is about, and hopefully avoid rogue operators.

Name Change Myths

There is a lot of misinformaton on the Internet regarding changing ones name by ‘Deed Poll’. Many people for example believe that there is a Government Department for obtaining a Deed Poll document, or that the document itself is some form of ‘official certificate’. But both of these things are actually incorrect.

You can learn more about the top five most common myths in order to discover the true facts by reading this page of our website: http://theukdeedpolloffice.co.uk/knowledge-base/top-five-name-change-myths.html

If you have any questions then please feel free to contact us.