Bernie Madoff's daughter-in-law wants out.
Out of the Madoff name, that is. Stephanie Madoff wants her name, and the name of her two children, changed. On Wednesday, the wife of Bernie Madoff's son, Mark Madoff, filed a petition for name change in a New York court.
She is asking that she and her two children change their names from "Madoff" to "Morgan."
In many states, a name change petition is not necessary. Simple usage of a name can be enough for a name to be legally changed. In light of privacy issues and the desire to protect people from becoming identity theft victims, banks and certain agencies are now becoming more stringent on proof of legal name requirements, sometimes insisting that they be provided with legal documents showing the name.