Post # 1
I have decided I am most likely going to hyphenate my last name. Can anyone tell me any issues they have had with this? For instance, if you legally hyphenate do you always sign both last names? Obviously, both last names would show up on legal documents. But my mom and FI thought for my own signature I could choose which part of the hyphen to use- so if my full name was Mary Leigh Miller-Smith, I could sign a receipt with Mary Smith and that would be fine since you pick your signature. Is this correct to anyone’s knowledge? I feel like an idiot, but every single one of my friends has just done a full name change so I don’t know how it would work. I decided to do the hyphen since I wanted to feel closer to my spouse but still legally retain my old identity as part of my surname. Also with a hyphen- do you still go through the same list of documents to change? I appreciate the help!
This topic was modified 2 years, 5 months ago by daisy92.
Post # 2
I’m hyphenated and to answer your second question, yes same documents.
Post # 3
Mine is hyphenated and I sign Name X or Name Y unless it’s a legal document. It’s never been an issue on credit cards, etc. Things like tax returns get signed with both names.
Post # 4
Don’t give the hyphenated name to your kids. The rest is just your preference for signature etc.
Post # 5
My advice is it’s a pain in the ass! My mother has had it hypenated for 30 years and my last name was hypenated for 28 years. I couldn’t get rid of it fast enough! It’s a pain everywhere – never enough room on forms – confuses people – filing at places becomes a hassle.
I signed both together and someone just the last name at the end.
Post # 6
I hyphenate but I usually just sign any documents, checks, etc with my maiden name. I’ve never had a problem either way.
Post # 7
thanks everyone! I really was worried about being able to just sign name for everyday stuff- that is a relief to hear. I definitely am not giving my kids the hyphen- I know it would be a huge hassle for them.