Doing business with middle names
In more name legislature news, I hear from a friend who goes by his middle name (let's pretend his name is John William Smith, usually known as William) that he cannot legally go into business using just his middle name. His words:
"As my first name is John, Florida says I have to either do business as John [or] register 'William Smith' as a fictitious name simply because William is my (legal, mind you) middle name and not my legal first name. It essentially amounts to me paying $50 for the privilege to conduct business as William."
He is avoiding the fee by printing his full name on his business cards and preparing for conversations about why he goes by his middle name.
Have others heard of this? Is it common in the States? It seems a bit unfair, given that going by a middle name is not wildly unusual, although it's probably minor compared with some of the other legal issues that have been discussed here.
Sun, 02/17/2013 - 6:17pm