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Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about NAME CHANGE. Click on any of the links below.
1. Prepare your Name Change Petition for Court filing. Our EZ NAME CHANGE Questionnaire does that and takes 15-20 minutes or less.
2. File your Petition in the correct Court and get your hearing date. Our instructions will walk you through it.
3. Give Notice: You’ll give notice to the general public and required private individuals, if any. We’ll give you instructions, information and guidance for both.
4. Get your NAME CHANGE Court Order. At (or sometimes before) the hearing, you’ll receive your signed Decree Changing Name or other Court Order. We’ll give you guidelines, instructions and filled out forms for completing this step in your local court. On this day, remember to smile! You did it!
5. Get your New Name established. It’s official! Use it and let others know. Give notice to all your important relationships and connections. We’ll give you a handy checklist.
1) $435.00 to file in Superior Court (California). San Francisco and Riverside currently charge $15.00 more and Courts always can change their own costs.
2) $80 to $125 or more to give public notice, depending on publication. We’ll provide you with completed paperwork, instructions and a list of publications to compare costs.
3) $115.00 is our charge to prepare your completed Petition and provide you with instructions, guidelines Court Process information and the Post-Name Change checklist. If your Petition includes more than one Child, we charge an extra $10.00 for each additional Child.
Some Petitioners will also have to provide legal notice to certain relatives of a minor Changing Names. We’ll provide guidance about those situations and costs as they occur. But, if the notice is by personal service, it may be $35 or more each. If the notice is by first class mail, then it’s the cost of postage.
It will take you about 15-20 minutes, or less, to complete our questionnaire.
It’s generally about 6-7 weeks between the time your Petition is filed and the day you receive your Decree Changing Name. The big amounts of time are for the Court to schedule a hearing date, perform its due diligence on your application, and for public notice advertising in advance of the hearing. Courts all over the state and all over the country have different rules and scheduling time frames, so you’ll need to find out the answer for your unique circumstances.
If you have some urgent situation, it may be able to be accommodated and you may wish to consult an attorney about it.
Yes. However, almost all Name Change Petitions are approved. The main reasons why a Petition might be denied are:
1) Your paperwork is inaccurate, incomplete, or reveals you to be ineligible
2) Someone lodges an objection to your Name Change that your judge considers to be meritorious
3) The judge believes your Name Change would achieve an improper result (i.e., defraud someone, hide from creditors, avoid a duty or obligation, likely to incite violence, trade on the name of a famous person, improperly hide a criminal past, etc.).
At Nationwide Legal Network, Registered Legal Document Assistants carefully review and approve your paperwork before it gets to you, and then remain available to you as you want or need until your Decree Changing Name is finished. NLN has 30+ years of successfully navigating the complexity of legal forms, courts and legal processes. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau which means you will get your Petition and Name Change Forms completed the way you’ll want and need to start and successfully finish the process of getting your Legal Name Change. Using NLN to prepare your Petition will save you many hundreds of dollars off what you would spend on a lawyer to do it for you.
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