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Having lived with my partner for more than 20 years I want to make a will. But should I use my partner’s surname (as I do in everyday life), my surname from my previous marriage (which is on my bank accounts) or do I refer back to my maiden name?

The purpose of the name on your will is to make it identifiable as yours and yours alone. I suggest you use the name you use in everyday life and include your maiden name in brackets afterwards. It might be an idea to change the name on your bank accounts if you were divorced 20 years ago; you can change them back to your maiden name if you produce your divorce certificate, or to the name you’re using now if you have a change of name deed drawn up.

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