Thank you. There is nothing to stop you using another name. You do not have
to do execute is deed poll or statutory declaration. All they do is provide
evidence that you changed your name. We had a client once who looked like a
famous film star. Our client was a wrestler, and he billed himself using the
name of the film star. The film star threatened to injunctive for using his
My client changed his name by deed poll to that of the film star and the
action was dropped. If your family surname is XXXXX XXXXX your parents christen
you Walt, there is no legal action to be brought by Disney Enterprises.
So if you have a name like Zacharias Horacio Plunkett Smith and don't think
that is going to look very good on your paintings and you therefore decide you
want to sign your paintings, Fred Bloggs, there is nothing to stop you doing
that. You can change your name. If you wish to Fred Bloggs. If you are not
particularly partial to being called Zacharias Horacio Plunkett Smith. However,
if you were to sign your paintings, Rembrandt (if he were still alive) you
might have a problem as you would if you signed them David Hockney.
If it is just a random name from known one famous, but you just like the
sound of it, then you can do as you wish. If you change your name by deed poll
or statutory declaration you are faced with using that name for everything.
Even if you change your name by deed poll, there is no requirement to
register as anywhere, although it can be enrolled at the Royal Court of Justice,
but it is expensive and it is of no effect. So, it rarely happens.
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