Have you recently suffered from a bad divorce or just simply hate the name your parents gave you? Well, the good news is, you can change your name by a legal process which can be overwhelming for first timers. Today, we're going to focus on how to change your name legally.
Any name is good except for some.
You can legally change your name to whatever you want as long as it's not a celebrity's name, not a trademarked name, not a numeral, not a punctuation mark or not anything offensive. You can't also change your name to commit crimes such as fraud, or avoid outstanding debts.
Marriage and divorce can make it simple.
In a majority of states, men and women can easily change their last name to their spouse's surname, hyphenate their surnames or create an amalgamation. You don't need a court order to get this done. If you're getting a divorced, a judge will take care of that during the divorce proceedings.
NO lawyer required.
It might be overwhelming to fill out the legal documents but filing a Petition For Name Change is pretty simple. However, if you feel that the whole process is something you can't survive on your own, you can seek the help of a lawyer.
Be ready to pay a fee.
In a large number of states, you usually have to pay a fee to file your petition for a name change. In addition, you may need to pay to notarize your forms.
Okay, you need to let government agencies know about your new name. You can wait until you get your official document before you go around changing your details.
Laws are different in different states.
State laws vary so, you need to a lot of research about what is required in your state. Some states require you to advertise your new name on the local newspaper. Do some deep research before you try to do the process.