Some choose to change their name because they do not like their original name, while others do so for other reasons, including avoiding harassment or harm from others. Another reason can be a woman who is already divorced and did not change her name back to her maiden name in the divorce proceedings.
Name change for an adult required the filing of what is called a “Petition for a Change of Name”. Once all your documents have been drafted they will need to be file with the court. It can either be file in the central district court in your county or in the court within your jurisdiction. When your documents are file the court clerk will give you a court date. This court date will be your hearing before the judge where the judge will either grant or deny your request for name change. One of the requirements in California for a legal change of name is that the request for name change is published in a newspaper. It may seem to be an odd requirement but nonetheless is part of the law. This announcement gives the public or people who may want to object to your legal name change an opportunity to receive notice of your filing. The likelihood of any objection is very slim but it is still a legal requirement. We will handle all of the aspects of a legal name change including arranging the publication. This makes it very easy for you to accomplish your legal name change with no worry about legal news paper filings or timing. After four consecutive publications during four weeks the news paper will file the proof of publication with the court.
Restrictions for Changing Your Name There are several situations where you are not allowed to change your name. A name change cannot be done:
Do I Need an Attorney for my Name Change?
Consulting with an attorney regarding any significant legal matter such as a name change is always a wise thing to do. Because of the complexity of some name change documents, it may be prudent to confer with an attorney to explain the full effects of the name change. A lawyer can also help you through the legal process of changing a name.
How much does it cost?
A name change for an adult cost $1,000, this fee includes drafting your petition, filing with the court and the news paper publication.
Is the process different for a minor?
The process is a little different however both parents need to sign the minor’s petition. If one parent does not agree to the name change, you can still petition the court and the judge will decide if the name change is in the best interest of the minor.
How much does cost for a name change on a minor?
This varies on the specific situation. You can call us for a free telephone consultation or contact us via the contact form.
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