ContractsCounsel Logo
Home Blog Lawyer for Name Change

Jump to Section

A lawyer for a name change is a professional who assists in legally altering your identity, ensuring your rights to identity protection. You can, for instance, decide on the name you want to go by and legally alter your name.

Application Process with the Aid of a Lawyer for a Name Change

Creating petitions for a name change can be a straightforward procedure for a family law expert. However, it does need to ask the client who wants to change their name for information. You must disclose any information that the courts should take into account when deciding whether to grant you a new name, such as whether you have ever been convicted of a crime.

In order to do this, you may need to inform the courts about issues like bankruptcy and civil judgments rendered against you and your last name. In addition, the courts will want to know if you owe any spousal or child support (alimony or maintenance).

An application and a small fee must be submitted in civil court for a person to change their name. The applicant must provide justification for changing the name. The courts will usually allow your request if changing your name or the name of your child won't cause harm to anybody else or be deceptive.

The courts must decide whether a name change for an adult will be detrimental to creditors or other members of the public. If neither parent agrees to the name change and no valid argument has been made against it, the court will decide what is best for the kid.

Types of Legal Name Changes

Here are a few reasons why people change their names and what the requirements are for them:

Marriage Name Change

In a family court, name changes are routinely handled. They frequently accompany divorces since it is only during a divorce that you can legally return to your maiden or previous name.

One of the following documents should be presented to your county DPS if the name change is connected to marriage:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree: During the divorce process, one of the parties may ask the court to alter the final divorce decree's name to a previous one.
  • Death certificate of your spouse

Adult Name Change

Adults who want to alter their names can submit a petition in their home county. The name change will be approved if the court decides it is in the person's and the public's best interests.

One of the following documents should be presented to your county DPS if the name change is not related to marriage:

  • Official court document
  • Modified birth certificate

The following justifications prevent a name change from being approved:

  • False intention (name change to avoid the law or creditors)
  • To violate another person's rights (by assuming that person's identity)
  • If your name would purposefully cause confusion or sound offensive to people of color

Minor Child Name Change

Changing a child's name can be difficult, so we advise hiring a lawyer to guide you through it.

Who may request a name change for a minor child:

  • In the county where the minor resides, a parent, guardian, or managing conservator may submit a name change application.
  • A notice of the name change must be served on each parent, guardian, and managing conservator if they do not consent to the name change.

Changing a child's name:

  • After submitting the required paperwork to the court, a hearing date must be set. The judge will review the submitted paperwork and any competing interests at the hearing (length of time a name has been used, parent-child relationship, etc.). The court will then approve the name change if it is in the minor's best interests.
  • Once the name change court order has been approved, you can use it to update your social security card, birth certificate, and Texas identity card.

Changing Your Name Out of Personal Preference

In order to legally change your name for reasons other than those mentioned above, you must often file a petition with the court. You might desire a fresh start if you never felt comfortable using your old name. The court will enter a decree with your new name if your petition is granted. Be aware, though, that there can be some limitations on the name you can change to, including:

  • Changing your name with false intent, such as to evade creditors or arrest;
  • Changing one's name to that of a renowned person with the purpose of deceiving;
  • Changing your name to a confusing one that is against state law, such as a name with numbers;
  • Changing your name to include a racial slur or "fighting words" (state law defines these as expressions that are threatening, offensive, or incite violence);
  • If the name you've chosen doesn't fit into one of the categories mentioned above, you should double-check the change's legality with an attorney.
Meet some lawyers on our platform

Zachary J.

363 projects on CC
CC verified
View Profile

Bryan B.

262 projects on CC
CC verified
View Profile

Nicholas M.

55 projects on CC
CC verified
View Profile

Faryal A.

187 projects on CC
CC verified
View Profile

Why You Should Hire a Lawyer for a Name Change

The process of filing a petition to have your name legally changed can seem complicated. To acquire the skills necessary to represent their clients in court effectively, lawyers enroll in specialized courses over a long period of time.

A name change may impact your personal credit cards and important legal documents like your birth certificate or passport. Even though you can finish the procedure on your own and not all states demand that you submit a name change petition to the court, you might want to consult a local family lawyer just in case.

A law professional can guarantee that you contact all relevant government offices and analyze local name change rules and procedures. They can also review any petition paperwork you prepare before submitting it to the court.

A lawyer can also establish whether you will be subject to any limitations because of the new name you have decided on. If a court has previously ruled against you changing your name, you might need to retain a lawyer for additional legal counsel for further procedure.

Key Terms for a Name Change Lawyer

Here are a few key terms related to name change that you should be aware of:

  • Affidavit : A sworn, written, or printed statement
  • Petition: The paperwork that starts the name-change process includes the person's fundamental information, such as name, address, the case's filing chapter, and an estimated breakdown of assets and liabilities

Final Thoughts on a Name Change Lawyer

Any individual may alter their name by adhering to the guidelines set forth by the court. If you are looking to get free pricing proposals from vetted lawyers that are 60% less than typical law firms, you can click here to get started. By comparing multiple proposals for free, you can save time and stress by finding a quality lawyer for your business needs.


ContractsCounsel is not a law firm, and this post should not be considered and does not contain legal advice. To ensure the information and advice in this post are correct, sufficient, and appropriate for your situation, please consult a licensed attorney. Also, using or accessing ContractsCounsel's site does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and ContractsCounsel.


Need help with a Power of Attorney?

Create a free project posting
Clients Rate Lawyers 4.9 Stars
based on 10,987 reviews

Meet some of our Lawyers

Christopher R. on ContractsCounsel
View Christopher
5.0 (12)
Member Since:
August 25, 2020

Christopher R.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Boston, MA
10 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MA, NH
Suffolk University Law School

Corporate and transactional attorney in sixth year of practice. Focus areas include general corporate counsel, labor and employment law, business partnership matters, securities matters related to privately-held companies, and regulatory compliance in securities and finance matters.

Elbert T. on ContractsCounsel
View Elbert
4.8 (7)
Member Since:
March 31, 2022

Elbert T.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Oklahoma City
3 Yrs Experience
Licensed in OK
Oklahoma City University School of Law

Elbert Thomas is the founder of the Thomas Law Group, LLC. Elbert is proficient in contract creation, drafting, reviewing, and negotiating various business contracts and demand letters in industries such as construction, personal, professional services, non-profits, and real estate. Elbert typically represents small and large companies in drafting and negotiating countless agreements such as purchase sale agreements, interconnection agreements, lease agreements, demand letters, cease & desist letters, transfer of deeds in real property, and merger/acquisition agreements. In addition, Elbert is also experienced in start-ups, small business formation, drafting operating agreements, and estate planning.

Jeff C. on ContractsCounsel
View Jeff
5.0 (9)
Member Since:
July 31, 2020

Jeff C.

Outside General Counsel / Business Attorney
Free Consultation
Colorado
37 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CO, OR
University of Oregon

Experienced and broad based corporate/business attorney and Outside General Counsel (OGC), for start-ups, small businesses and growing companies of all sizes, advising and assisting clients with corporate and LLC formation, contracts and agreements, internet and terms of use/service agreements, trademarks and intellectual property protection, the purchase and sale of businesses (M&A), labor and employment matters, compliance and risk management, corporate governance, and commercial leasing matters. See other reviews on my website at www.ogcservices.net/reviews

Paul S. on ContractsCounsel
View Paul
5.0 (14)
Member Since:
August 4, 2020

Paul S.

CEO
Free Consultation
Cincinnati, OH
38 Yrs Experience
Licensed in CA, OH
Boston University

I focus my practice on startups and small to mid-size businesses, because they have unique needs that mid-size and large law firms aren't well-equipped to service. In addition to practicing law, I have started and run other businesses, and have an MBA in marketing from Indiana University. I combine my business experience with my legal expertise, to provide practical advice to my clients. I am licensed in Ohio and California, and I leverage the latest in technology to provide top quality legal services to a nationwide client-base. This enables me to serve my clients in a cost-effective manner that doesn't skimp on personal service.

Matthew S. on ContractsCounsel
View Matthew
4.9 (11)
Member Since:
August 5, 2020

Matthew S.

Attorney
Free Consultation
Flemington, NJ
40 Yrs Experience
Licensed in NJ, NY
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University)

I am a 1984 graduate of the Benjamin N Cardozo School of Law (Yeshiva University) and have been licensed in New Jersey for over 35 years. I have extensive experience in negotiating real estate, business contracts, and loan agreements. Depending on your needs I can work remotely or face-to-face. I offer prompt and courteous service and can tailor a contract and process to meet your needs.

Christopher J. on ContractsCounsel
View Christopher
Member Since:
August 4, 2020

Christopher J.

Attorney and Counselor at Law
Free Consultation
Ann Arbor, MI
25 Yrs Experience
Licensed in MI
Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University

Experienced attorney focusing on estate planning, probate administration, business formation and counseling, and consumer bankruptcy.

Find the best lawyer for your project

Browse Lawyers Now

Quick, user friendly and one of the better ways I've come across to get ahold of lawyers willing to take new clients.

View Trustpilot Review

Need help with a Power of Attorney?

Create a free project posting
Clients Rate Lawyers 4.9 Stars
based on 10,987 reviews
CONTRACT LAWYERS BY TOP CITIES
See All Transactional Lawyers

Contracts Counsel was incredibly helpful and easy to use. I submitted a project for a lawyer's help within a day I had received over 6 proposals from qualified lawyers. I submitted a bid that works best for my business and we went forward with the project.

View Trustpilot Review

I never knew how difficult it was to obtain representation or a lawyer, and ContractsCounsel was EXACTLY the type of service I was hoping for when I was in a pinch. Working with their service was efficient, effective and made me feel in control. Thank you so much and should I ever need attorney services down the road, I'll certainly be a repeat customer.

View Trustpilot Review

I got 5 bids within 24h of posting my project. I choose the person who provided the most detailed and relevant intro letter, highlighting their experience relevant to my project. I am very satisfied with the outcome and quality of the two agreements that were produced, they actually far exceed my expectations.

View Trustpilot Review

Need help with a Power of Attorney?

Create a free project posting
Clients Rate Lawyers 4.9 Stars
based on 10,987 reviews

Want to speak to someone?

Get in touch below and we will schedule a time to connect!

Request a call

Find lawyers and attorneys by city