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  •  Court order required to settle my mother's estate (5+ / 0-)

    She was rather casual about her name so we had to get a court order after she died to prove she was one and the same person, which cost several hundred dollars.

    Mom used a myriad of combinations: birth name, middle name, maiden name, nickname #1, nickname #2, dropped middle name, added married name #1, tagged on married name #2 then dropped #2 and went back to married name #1. By the time she died at 81 it had gotten so ridiculous that she couldn't remember which name to use!

    Naming customs for women in the USA need to change.

    "Let us not look back to the past with anger, nor towards the future with fear, but look around with awareness." James Thurber

    by annan on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 07:27:02 PM PST

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