I'm a freelance designer, sole proprietor. My legal last name is hyphenated (ex. John Smith-Doe). Can I request clients to pay me using only part of my last name (ex. John Smith)? Can I use this name for contracts as well? Are there any issues with running business this way?
I have done this in the past with no legal issues so far, but when clients find out they often ask to use my full hyphenated last name for contracts/payment.
1 Answer from Attorneys
Doing business that way is going to cause you headaches down the road. Can't predict exactly how, but it will. Consider setting up a legal business entity instead (John Smith Inc,), or changing your name. Neither is how you want to go forward, I know, but that's the best I can offer you as an answer.
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