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					This is a guide that explains the procedure for a person to legally changing his or her
name. This guide explains whether a lawyer is needed, how to find a reputable law firm,
eligibility, filing fees and deadlines, advantages and disadvantages of a name change,
and steps to changing a name after a divorce. This document should be used by
individuals who want to learn more information about how to legally change their name.
Table of Contents
How to use this guide: .................................................................................................................... 3
Do I need a lawyer for file for a name change? .............................................................................. 3
How do I find a reputable law firm? ............................................................................................... 3
General Frequently Asked Questions ............................................................................................. 4
Eligibility .......................................................................................................................................... 9
Filing Fees & Deadlines ................................................................................................................... 9
Steps to Changing your Name after a Divorce:............................................................................... 9
Special Notice for Convicted Felons ............................................................................................. 11
Advantages vs. Disadvantages of a Name Change ....................................................................... 11
Rules and Regulations in the United States regarding filing for a name change ......................... 11




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                                       How to use this guide:

People file for a name change for many reasons, often at the end of a divorce. Name changes are
fairly common, and easy to accomplish. Changing your name is a legal act that is recognized in
practically all legal systems to allow a person to adopt a name other than a name given at birth,
marriage or adoption. The procedures that govern this process are dependent on which
jurisdiction you live in. This guide is intended to guide the user through a name change filing,
and answer many of the frequently asked questions that might arise. This guide is for
informational purposes only, and should be considered as a replacement for legal advice.



                      Do I need a lawyer for file for a name change?

No, you do not need a lawyer to actually file the name change paperwork. Questions could arise,
however, that could require the advice of a lawyer. Should you have any questions it is always
best to consult a lawyer.



                             How do I find a reputable law firm?

If you have decided to retain a lawyer, you will want to find a firm and lawyer with plenty of
experience and a great track record. Make sure that you find a lawyer that specializes in divorce.
The legal field is vast, and a lawyer needs to be specialized in a particular field. Some lawyers
may take any type of case just to keep the money coming in, but they are not necessarily well
versed in one particular subject.


Check your phone book, the internet, your local bar association or word of mouth to get the
names of a few good lawyers. Most will meet for you the first time for free. Use this time to
interview them. What is their experience, how much do they charge, and what can you expect to
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Description: This is a guide that explains the procedure for a person to legally changing his or her name. This guide explains whether a lawyer is needed, how to find a reputable law firm, eligibility, filing fees and deadlines, advantages and disadvantages of a name change, and steps to changing a name after a divorce. This document should be used by individuals who want to learn more information about how to legally change their name.
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