Is It Legal?
Yes, your Title will be legally yours and last all your life. The professional and legal service Elite Titles provides is possible by using a legally recognised "Deed" (written in English). Under International and English Law: "You have the right to call yourself, and be known as anything you like" provided there is no fraudulent intention in the process of any such changes to a person's identity.
In addition, before offering the Seated Title service the whole process was scrutinised by lawyers specialising in English Common Law relating to names, Titles and Copyright as well as all aspects of Real Estate and Land Law. Please remember, we deal with an official Government agency in these matters and clearly, they (HM Land Registry) would not be party to anything illegal.
Can I add the Title to my documents?
Yes, you can change your driving licence, passport, credit cards and bank accounts to show your new effective Title. (We show you the simplest way to do this when you receive the documents).
How old do I have to be to buy a Title?
Seated Title & Lord of the Manor Title - 18 years old.
Elite Title - 16 years old. However if you are under 16 years old you can still have an Elite Title but we will need both your parents' details as they need to consent to you having the Title. Please contact us if you are under 16 years old BEFORE purchasing.
Do you sell the title of Laird?
No we do not - for the simple reason 'Laird' itself is not a title but rather a descriptive word that simply means 'landlord'. Given, for example, that a land owner in Scotland sublet his land to a tenant then that land owner would clearly become the tenant's 'landlord' - or 'laird' as a landlord is called in Scotland. A different descriptive name but with both 'laird' and 'landlord' meaning exactly the same thing. Simply owning land in Scotland does not make the owner of that land a landlord/laird as this land is not sublet to a tenant. Anyone who may purchase a souvenir land plot in Scotland does not automatically become a 'landlord' and so clearly, cannot style himself as a 'laird' - irrespective as to what the vendors of such bogus 'titles' may claim.
Do I have to live in the UK?
No, you don't have to live in the UK or be a British citizen. We supply Titles to clients all around the World.
What's the difference between an Elite and a Seated Title or Lord of the Manor Title?
Elite Title: Just the Title (Lord, Lady, etc) before your name. EG. Lord John Smith. When you die so does the Title.
Seated Title: Title (Lord, Lady, etc) before your name and "of somewhere" after it. EG. Lord John Smith of Westminster. On death you can leave the land (bequeathed in your Will) to a beneficiary who can take on the Title if they wish.
Lord of the Manor Title: Title (Lord, Lady, etc) before your name and "of the Manor of somewhere" after it. EG. Lord John Smith of the Manor of Westminster. On death you can leave the land (bequeathed in your Will) to a beneficiary who can take on the Title if they wish.
What is the difference between a Seated Title and a Lord of the Manor Title?
Clearly, both are titles but, and just as clearly, they are both different titles. With a Seated Title the title of Duke, for example, is very different from that say of Earl, Baron or Lord and whilst all are titles, they are all different titles - with which one being chosen at the discretion of the individual. Likewise, both Seated Titles and Lord of the Manor Titles are simply different titles and, once again, which one might be chosen is at the discretion of the individual.
Can I "upgrade" my Elite Title to a Seated Title or Lord of the Manor Title?
Yes you can. We will allow a full credit for the fee you paid for the Elite Title(s). Please contact us for a quote.
What are the Limitations?
1. If you wanted your wife or children to have a Title like yourself, you would need their consent; unless in the case of children under 16 years old, where you act as the parental guardian and sign on their behalf.
The parcel of land with the "Seated" Titles and Lord of the Manor Title is inheritable and forms part of your estate. Your children (over 18) may bear the Titles after you have died.
2. These Titles are not to be used to commit Fraud or Mislead with intent to commit any offence, or obtain money by deception. They are for show purposes only; just like you can put personalised number plates on your car legally for show purposes.
How big is the land plot ("Seat") with the Seated Title & Lord of the Manor Title?
The land plot is just 20cm x 20cm (approx 8 inches x 8 inches).
Are there any ongoing/annual fees, taxes, etc due with a Seated Title or Lord of the Manor Title?
No, the land plot is too small!
How much do the Titles cost?
Elite Titles: The cost is just £195 and £299 where a couple wish to purchase joint Titles. Postage; £4.99 UK and £9.99 outside UK.
Seated Titles: £995 includes 1 or 2 applicants and delivery.
Lord of the Manor Titles: £1495 includes 1 or 2 applicants and delivery.
For up to date exchange rates see: www.XE.com
What Guarantee is there?
Can I sell the Title?
1. Elite Title - No, it is yours for life and die with you.
2. Seated Title - Yes. However due to the rather complicated legal procedure you may find this difficult if you attempted to do it without legal advice. However we would be happy to represent you in the sale - our current fee being £700 including disbursements.
3. Lord of the Manor Titles - Yes, these can be sold by way of conveyance but, once again, due to the complicated legal nature of the sale you are advised to take legal advice. We would be happy to represent you in the sale with our fee being £700. I would remind you that the value of your Manor Title may greatly increase in value after the 15 year waiting period mentioned in the sales particulars.
Can the Title/Land be inherited?
1. Elite Title - No.
2. Seated Title - Yes, the land is "Real Property" and so can be bequeathed as with any other property.
3. Lord of the Manor Title - Yes, the land is “real property” and can be bequeathed as with any other property – with the Land Registry Title Information Document being proof of ownership. The Lord/Lady of the Manor Titles can also be bequeathed – with the Deed of Conveyance being the proof of ownership.
What If I Want To Buy A Title As A Gift?
Just indicate on the application form (or separate email) that is a gift, the Title you require along with the name and address of the recipient and the documents will be sent to you. (Complete as much information as possible!) Don't forget to include YOUR email address, payment details and address!
How long does the process take?
Elite Effective Titles - It takes 5 working days to process, prepare the legal documents and dispatch to you. You also receive a certificate of Title suitable for framing. For an additional fee (£50) we can expedite your documents in 3 working days.
Seated Titles & Lord of the Manor Titles - It takes about 4 to 6 weeks to complete the process due to the additional land registry procedures, however for an additional fee (£100) we can expedite your Title documents within 2 to 3 weeks. You also receive a certificate of Title suitable for framing.
Can I purchase the Seated Titles "Count and Countess of... place name"?
I am single, can I just purchase "Lord of my town" as a Seated Title?
Yes, whether male or female you can purchase a single Seated Title (the price is the same).
What if my partner has a different surname?
If you are "Partnered" and do not share the same surname, that is alright too, just make your surnames clear on the application form.
What if the second applicant is the same sex?
No problem, the second applicant can be the same sex, although it is not custom and practice to have two Lords (or Ladies) of the Manor.
How Do I Pay?
Please make cheques payable to - MBC.
For your convenience we welcome PayPal and the following major credit cards: VISA / MASTERCARD / AMEX / JCB / MAESTRO and DELTA as this simplifies your purchase (Charged in £stg). Your order will be acknowledged on receipt.
Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask.