Maiden/ married name and proof of relationship

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Maiden/ married name and proof of relationship

Postby Jaboney » Tue May 08, 2018 01:01

Recently, my mother passed away back home in Canada.
I missed a fair amount of work, and we spent a lot on plane fares as her illness progressed, bouncing back and forth, saying farewells and caring for her.
Helpfully, the school where I work forwarded information regarding a bereavement benefit for which I qualify.
Unhelpfully, there are discrepancies in the required paperwork.

Specifically, my birth certificate lists my mother's maiden name (Maiden Surname, Given name, Middle name);
her death certificate lists my mother's married name (Given name, Middle name, Married Surname).
These documents were authenticated by the Taiwanese rep office in Vancouver.
The local bureaucrats are displeased that the surnames do not match, and that the order is inconsistent.

I'm having my sister order a certified copy of our parents' marriage certificate, which will again list Mom's maiden name, and Dad's surname, but not Mom's married surname, and I'm sure there will be more difficulties.

Any guidance on navigating this issue would be greatly appreciated. The benefit is enough to make things a little easier at a difficult time. I'd like to get it done.

Many thanks.
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Re: Maiden/ married name and proof of relationship

Postby cranky laowai » Tue May 08, 2018 11:56

I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

Have you been using your parents as tax deductions? If not, you most certainly should. This can even be claimed retroactively for, I think, seven years; so there would be some money coming to you for that.

If you have been getting the deduction, perhaps you already have paperwork that will make the gummit people happy (e.g., official-looking correspondence (e.g., Medicaid or insurance statement) addressed to your parents, with both of them at the same address). So much depends upon the person behind the desk that day, though.

Good luck.
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Re: Maiden/ married name and proof of relationship

Postby Jaboney » Tue May 08, 2018 17:55

Thank you.

No, I have not so claimed.
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Re: Maiden/ married name and proof of relationship

Postby Just Jennifer » Wed May 09, 2018 00:28

Jaboney, condolences on your mom's passing. I am sorry that I can't offer any help.


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