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The Weekly Scenario: Name on Birth Certificate Versus Name in a Will

Question:  If an individual’s name appears differently in the Will as the person’s birth certificate, is the Will still valid? Will this affect the ability of the Will to be properly probated? Answer:  If the individual is commonly known by the name used in the Will, then you should not have any difficulties. It is highly unlikely that anyone would come forward and challenge the name being different so long as the person can be identified If you have any questions or would like more information please contact Steve Shane at: | 301.575.0313.


Steve Shane Head Shot for webSteve Shane provides strategic counseling to clients in need of estate administration, charitable giving and business continuity planning while minimizing estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer tax exposure. He offers legal guidance to clients on asset protection and the proper disposition of assets in accordance with the client’s objectives, while employing tax planning techniques such as the use of irrevocable trusts, life insurance planning, lifetime gifts and charitable trust. He is also experienced with drafting documents for business planning, the incorporation and application for exemption for Private Foundations and the administration of decedents’ estates. You can also connect with Offit Kurman via FacebookTwitterGoogle+YouTube, and LinkedIn. WASHINGTON | BALTIMORE | FREDERICK | PHILADELPHIA | WILMINGTON | VIRGINIA