Step By Step Procedure on How to Legally Change Your Name

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Everyone has a right to change his or her name as long as the reason is not malicious. You may change to acquire a more pleasant sounding one, after marriage, after getting a divorce, etc. However, there are instances when you cannot be allowed to legally change your name. For more information visit https://www.hitchswitch.com

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Step By Step Procedure on How to Legally Change Your Name Everyone has a right to change his or her name as long as the reason is not malicious. You may change to acquire a more pleasant sounding one after marriage after getting a divorce etc. However there are instances when you cannot be allowed to legally change your name. 1. To avoid paying debts 2. To commit fraud 3. To avoid civil obligations like taxes That said you now have the freedom to embark on the legal process of changing the name. Here are simple steps that will help you acquire a new identity. Decide on The Name When you want to legally change your name you must present a new one to the registration office. It could be a combination of your names if you are changing to accommodate your spouse. You may also take the name of your spouse in full. Merging two names is also allowed. However there are restrictions on the names you cannot choose. A name that connotes a racial slur is abusive or incites violence cannot be accepted.

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A name of a celebrity or prominent personality can only be adopted with a very high threshold to avoid confusion. The name cannot involve numbers like 6 or 9 or punctuation marks like or . To avoid confusion or having to repeat the process you must get the spelling of your name right. Fill Relevant Forms The reason for name change determines the form you will fill and the requirements to submit. For instance if you are changing after a divorce successful petition documents or a decree will be used to initiate the process. If it is after marriage you marriage license or a certified copy of the certificate will be required. A different form is required when correcting the name on the birth certificate. When changing for your children you will submit different details and sign a different form. Get the Documents Required To change your name you will be required to prove identity. Each state has a different approach when proving identity. The most common documents and forms you will be required to fill are 1. A Petition to Change Name form 2. An order indicate the reason 3. Your Social Security Card 4. A Photo ID 5. A Birth Certificate These are appropriate identification documents though they may not be demanded by all states. Furthermore in a state like California the processes of gender and name change are combined. This means that you only need to tick a section of the same petition to have both your gender and name changed. Each state has different requirements. Check the requirements in your state and take appropriate action. File the Petition in the Correct Court

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With all the documents required and having filled all the necessary forms it is time to present your petition to the right court. The clerk will inspect your documents and tell you whether they meet the required criteria or not. The procedure still differs from one state to the other. Here are three examples of differing procedures from one state to the other. Texas and many other states requires you to present a written application that is notarized. This means that you have to sign in front of a notary. California and a number of others require the original petition fully signed with two other copies. In several other states you have to publish the intended name in the local newspaper for several weeks before it can be approved. It this happens in your state it will affect the speed at which your desired name change can be approved. Pay the Fees Demanded There is no state that offers name change for free. The standard amount you should expect to pay is between 150 and 200. The fee may go up or down depending on state. California for instance requires an average of 435. There are instances where the name change can be waived. Once you have cleared the issue of fees you will get a hearing date. Attend Hearing Date The hearings are usually short and routine. Carry all your original documents whose copies are filed in court. The information given must be confirmed under oath. Once the judge approves the change you will get a decree. You legally change your name once you receive the decree. It is time to change the name in all other official documents. Inform your bank insurance utility providers lawyer etc to avoid discrepancies. You can now officially use the new name. Reference url : https://hitchswitcusa.tumblr.com/post/158963738242/step-by- step-procedure-on-how-to-legally-change

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