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I have been divorced for 12 years and I would like to change
my name back to my maiden name. If I legally change my name
do I need to change it on all of my stocks, bank accounts,
trust, will etc? ahhh that would be so much trouble thanks.
Asked on October 9, 2018 under Family Law, Missouri
M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney
Answered 3 years ago | Contributor
First, make sure that the divorce decree states you may change it back. In some it is standard; in others not. If it states so then yes, you should legally change your other documents. Otherwise an affidavit will likely be required at probate to show sho you are: Jane Doe a/k/a Jane Smith kind of thing. Think of it this way: suppose something happens with one of the accounts and you need access and the people at the branch don't know you. How are you going to prove that you are you? Identity theft is rampant so just giving your pedigree info may not be enough. Good luck.
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