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What's in a name?

Newly married Kate Johnson discovers first-hand the practical and legal issues that can arise with a name change

12 May 2015

It is me. But, yes, I have changed my name since my last appearance in Solicitors Journal. And not because I had had enough after 30 years of being asked ‘Is that “Davies” spelt with an “e” or without
an “e”?’ It was simply because
I got married.

Except it is not that simple.

Practical problems

Putting aside the many and varied arguments over whether a married woman should change her name, it is the practicalities that have caused me trouble.

For starters, how should I answer the phone – something that I do many times each working day? It is almost impossible to know who is calling before I have picked up the ringing handset, and therefore whether they know me as Kate Davies, Kate Johnson, or both. So I currently plump for the accurate, if a bit short and informal, ‘Kate’. Need...

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