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How to Use Your Preferred Name When Signing Legal Documents | Signature Name Affidavit

Updated: May 16, 2022

Do you have a name that you use more often than your legal name? If so, then it is important to know how to use this preferred name when signing legal documents. Signature Name Affidavits are used for many reasons including changing your name or submitting legal documents. When using this document, the person/organization has an understanding of who you are and what names they can call you by. Signature Name Affidavits act as proof that someone knows about the other names their client may go by and gives them permission to address them in these ways. This document is also used as a sworn statement, meaning that the person signing it is swearing to its contents. If you need to sign an affidavit, be sure to speak with a Notary Public so they can help you through the process!

Some examples of A.K.A.'s (Also Known As); you may also see F.K.A. (Formerly Known As) which will allow you to list all of the names that you have used for credit cards, loans, or any other legal situation. If you are recently married and have changed your name you will want to list your maiden name. You may also list the name if you use your middle initial or shorten your name i.e. James and Jim.

With that, if you have a name on this form that you have never used; then print "never known as" and place your initials next to the statement. This will let the agency understand that you have never been known by that name.

Signed affidavits are important documents when working with legal entities. If you have any questions about using your preferred name or need help getting your affidavit notarized, be sure to reach out to us! We are happy to assist you.

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