I changed my last name last year, but want to hyphenate my last name and use the old one for medical reasons.
You can legally use any name you wish to, absent intent to defraud. So, yes. You can do that.
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California is unique in that you can use your birth name or any other name you wish, without petitioning for a name change; provided you do not have numerous aliases with the intent to mislead or defraud.
However, that said why would you use a different name for medical reasons? That has a hint of trying to mislead in it. Other than that, Ms. Straus is correct.
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