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How to Sign a Deed

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1. Find a witness

  • The witness should be at least 18 years old and entirely independent – i.e. not a family member or anyone mentioned in the deed. A neighbour or work colleague is usually ideal, so long as they are not themselves mentioned in the deed.
  • You and the witness must stay together for the remaining steps.
  • Please write using ink or ballpoint (a biro is fine), but not pencil.

2. Check the Deed

  • Read the deed through and check that it fully reflects your intentions.
  • Make sure that you understand the deed and the effect it will have.
  • If you are not sure, you must contact Roche Legal or your own solicitor (if we are not acting for you) before you sign anything.
  • By returning the signed deed to us, you are confirming that you have read, understood and approved the terms of the deed.

3. You sign the deed

  • Sign the deed where indicated.
  • You must sign the deed before your witness signs it.

4. The witness signs the deed

  • The witness signs the deed where indicated filling in their full name (in capital letters), address and occupation where shown.

Do Not

  • Date the deed unless otherwise advised by us. This will usually be done by us once all parties have signed.
  • Attach anything to the deed (e.g. do not attach any covering letter returning the deed to us with a paperclip or staple).
  • Damage the deed in any way or take it apart (e.g. by tearing, writing on it or taking the staple out).

Returning the deed via post

Please return the deed by secure post to:

Roche Legal
4 Westfield House,
Millfield Lane,
YO26 6GA

We will then store the original Deed free of charge. We will provide our client with a copy of the Deed once everyone has signed it.

Need further assistance?

Our reassuring experts are always on hand to discuss any problems your may have signing your deed.

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