You might need to change your legal name for a variety of reasons. In most cases, the process for making a name change is straight-forward. I can guide you through each step of the process in the most efficient and cost-effective way possible.
What Are the Requirements for a Name Change?
- File a petition with the court;
- Disclose any felony convictions to the court;
- Publish a notice of the proposed name change for 3 weeks in a newspaper in the county where you live
If the person is a child:
- A parent or guardian must apply for the name change;
- The child must consent to the change if he or she is age 14 or older;
- Both parents must consent to the change, unless special circumstances exist
- A parent who does not consent to the name change has a right to object to it
How Much Does a Name Change Cost?
You must pay a filing fee of $270 to the court as well as publication fees to a newspaper. If you hire an attorney to assist you, then you will need to pay attorney fees. The total cost will depend on which newspaper you use and which attorney you hire. My fees depend on which type of name change you need and how complex the process will be. Contact me for a quote.
How Long Does Name Change Take?
For adults, the name-change process can take as little as 2 months. For children, the process typically takes longer, depending on the complexities involved.
What Do I Do After My Name Change?
After your name change, you will need to change your name with government agencies, such as the DMV, Social Security Administration, and professional licensing boards. You will also want to change your name on your passport and birth certificate.
Contact me today if you need to change your name.