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Dear Customer, a person can keep only 1 "full legal name". This name includes the person's First Name, Middle Name(s), and Last Name. If you have multiple middle names, you must include each. The only way to change your legal name is XXXXX XXXXX or through a court petition. In both instances, you must provide the entire legal name you are changing from, and the one you are changing to. You cannot retain 2 "full legal names."
In your example, Jane Ann Doe may only go by her new "full legal name", Jane Ann Doe Smith when signing legal documents.
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