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Ifsomeone just discovered that they have in all matters left

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ifsomeone just discovered that they have in all matters left the s off the name on their birth certificate, does this have any legal ramifications? We are talking 75 years.
Submitted: 8 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Attorney2 replied 8 months ago.

Welcome to JA and thank you for your question. I will be the Attorney that will be assisting you.

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
My question is written above.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Nothing to add . Just the question sbove
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
The mother and fathers name on the birth certificate is correct . Baby lady name spelled watt patents watts . The individual has signed his name as watts in all matters his whole life. Never noticed it . Was pointed out to him when he hd to use birth certificate for drivers license.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I am not getting a response
Expert:  Attorney2 replied 8 months ago.

I was on line November 8, 2016 and responded to you at 3:13 PM I received a response from you November 9, 2016 at 1:44 PM. Unfortunately I am unable to be online 24/7

What do you mean what are the ramifications? This was a clerical error, correct? Can you tell me the State where the birtth certificate was issued?

Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Birth certificate issued in georgia.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
I received no response until today nov 9 and I answered the questions . I will repeat. I do not know if this was a clerical error or the doctors error in writing the name. I do not think anyone could know that at this point. As for the question about what do I mean by the use of the word ramifications; ramifications means consequences of an action or event. The question ,put as simply as I can, is If this is the name on the birth certificate, does the fact that "Watts" instead of "Watt" has been used for 75 years as a legal signature cause any legal ramifications (consequences)?
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Please read the response I have given to lawyer 1 . Also please forward me the response he sent on nov 8 . I received no response except that he was the lawyer handling the question.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
Read all above. Lawyer 1 2 3 whatever.
Customer: replied 8 months ago.
State is Georgia
Expert:  David C. Garner replied 8 months ago.


There should be no ramification to this clerical error and there is a process to correct it. After 75 years I can think of no real way this could affect you.

I hope this helps.