Question of the Week

Is It Confusing When Lawyers Change Their Names After Marriage? Did You Change Your Name?


Last week, we noted in a post that fewer married women—lawyers included—are keeping their maiden names. In the 1990s, 23 percent of women kept their names; in the last decade, only 18 percent did.

Of course, it’s not always that cut and dried. Some women change their name personally but keep it professionally; some women add their husband’s name as a hyphenate; and even some men add their wife’s name as a hyphenate, such as the husband of Harvard Law School lecturer Cora True-Frost (née Frost), actor Jim True-Frost.

So this week, we’d like to continue the discussion of that post (which generated around 100 comments) and ask: Does it cause confusion when lawyers change their names after marriage? Did you change your name? Why or why not?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: What Legal Issues Have Your Clients—Or You and Fellow Troops—Encountered as Soldiers or Veterans?

Featured answer:

Posted by ECS: “I have spoken to combat veterans who come back with PTSD and cannot get housing anywhere that will not treat them as addicts—even if they are not—and heard and seen how hostile the health care providers are to these folks. A young man I know personally need up being convicted and jailed jailed for making a “terrorist threat” when the hospital he sought help at refused him and he expressed an opinion that it would be better if the president (Bush) was dead. Mens rea? Ha. First Amendment? Ha. HIPAA? Ha. Now he is a vet who will never be employable—because of what WE did to him.”

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