A common issue, that can easily become complicated if all the required steps are not followed
Performing a name change is more common that you would think. There are four primary reasons why a person often chooses to legally change their name:
- You have recently married and would like to take your spouse’s name.
- You went through a divorce and would like to use your maiden name.
- You recently adopted a child and would like them to have your same last name.
- You have been the victim of stalking or have a safety or security concern.
Once you have determined that you want to change your name, the process to do so is fairly straightforward – your attorney will have to submit a petition to the court with the new name you have selected and the reason that you have chosen to do so. The court may ask for additional information and conduct a background verification to ensure that you are not conducting a name change to escape prosecution or for fraudulent activities.
After you change your name you will receive a “Change of Name” certificate that you will need to present to obtain an updated identification, including:
- Driver’s License Agency
- Vehicle Registration
- Social Security
- Internal Revenue Service
Additionally the following areas will need to be updated, or presented to, with your new legal name:
- 401K Plan and/or any other retirement instrument
- Employer, Bank, Credit Card Companies, Health and Automobile Insurance Companies, and any other entity you are currently doing business with
- All Legal Documentation where you named including: wills, trusts, power of attorneys’, etc.
We can help you understand what your different requirements are and ensure that your petition is moved through the judicial process as quickly as possible.