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How To Guide

How to sign a Deed

PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY BEFORE PUTTING PEN TO PAPER

How to sign a Deed 1

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).

Please return the Deed to Roche Legal 4 Westfield House, Millfield Lane, York YO26 6GA by secure post. 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.

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