Deciding on a surname can be a difficult choice on marriage, or where a surname was perhaps inherited that differs from the rest of the family due to re-marriage.
But, as Juliet famously pondered, what’s in a name? Contrary to her meandering view that a name is broadly irrelevant, most of us feel quite attached to our names. But what do you do if you need to change yours?
Changing your name is easier than most people realise, and we deal with all manner of circumstances in which this is required. To name but a few:
i) On marriage, a woman can take her husband’s surname automatically, but the other way around needs to be legally documented.
ii) To combine names into a double-barrelled surname.
iii) Where the spelling of a name is unusual and the person wishes to adopt a more standard spelling.
With the age of celebrity we are becoming used to combining names in the press (think of Brangelina), and this is starting to become an alternative for couples who may previously have considered adopting a double-barrelled surname, splicing the two together. There is a certain amount of flexibility with this approach that enables a name to be chosen that suits both individuals.
If you are looking to change your name, double-barrel or splice surnames, please contact Claire Brownon 0116 2665394 or Claire.firstname.lastname@example.org and she can talk you through the options. Change of Name Deeds start from just £80 plus VAT and can usually be dealt with within a week. So if your name doesn’t quite suit you or your circumstances, this can be resolved.
Leanne is a Chartered Tax Adviser, specializing in advising on UK tax matters but also including overseas tax as needed. Leanne is head of Taxation Services at EHL Solicitors in Leicester.Talk to our legal team
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