A woman's name change rights upon being widowed

If a woman wishes to revert to her maiden name upon being widowed she can do so without the need for a Deed Poll.  This is because her husband's death certificate and her marriage certificate (which shows her maiden name) are usually accepted as documentary evidence that her name has changed. Government departments and most companies and organisations will change their records to show the new surname upon presentation of these certificates.

However, if the death certificates and marriage certificates are not accepted by everyone a Deed Poll will be required. This is guaranteed to be accepted by all organisations as documentary evidence of a change of name.

A Deed Poll must also be used if a widow wishes to be known by another surname, or wishes to change her forenames.

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What Our Clients Say...

The change over was smooth-ish! The various organisations I had to inform was time consuming but got there in the end. There were a few problems but it came down to basic communication or lack of it really. I still get the odd organisation referring to my old name, but once I've jogged their memory and they check their records we get back on track again.

In general though, I was very happy to use UK DEED POLL and would recommend this organisation to any one wishing to change their name. My mother is contemplating using you to revert back to her maiden name, so watch this space.

Once again, thank you.

Lexa F. Richards, Middlesex, London. May 2009

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Our Deed Polls are accepted by all UK government departments including UK Passport Service, DVLA and HM Revenue and Customs

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