This Notification of Name Change Letter is used to inform both business and personal contacts that the sender has changed their legal name. People change their legal name for a number of reasons including marriage, divorce, adoption, or transition. By using this letter, a person can update all of their contacts at once to make a seamless transition in areas such as work, medical providers, credit card companies, and banks.
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This letter includes the sender's former name, their new legal name, and, if necessary, an opportunity to correct their mailing address as well. Some of the organisations and companies who should be informed of a legal name change using this letter include the following:
Once this letter is completed, if it is being sent to a business contact, it should be sent to the recipient along with some form of proof of the legal name change. Common forms of proof include copies of a court order, marriage certificate, or updated driver's licence.
There are no particular laws that relate directly to this Notification of Name Change Letter. However, the collection of personal information by companies and other organisations may be affected by various elements of Australian privacy law.
In addition, this letter should only be used in the case of a legitimate change of name. If this letter is used in order to impersonate another person, or to commit some other fraudulent activity, then the behaviour may be affected by Australian criminal law.
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