The need for a legal name change may result from marriage, divorce, adoption, or simply a desire to have another name.
1. You cannot change your name for a fraudulent purpose, such as avoiding debts;
2. Other peoples’ rights cannot be affected, such as famous people;
3. Use of a curse word as a name is frowned upon; and
4. When a minor is involved, the court looks to the best interest of the minor.
After you have changed your name you may need to change records including: (a) Social Security Card, (b) Driver’s License, (c) Passport, (d) Post Office Address/Box, (e) IRS Records, (f) Voter Registration, (g) Bank Accounts, (h) Credit Cards, (i) Medical Information (j) Insurance Information, (k) State Tax Authority Records, (l) Clubs, (m) Memberships, (n) Employment, and (o) Retirement Plans. You will also need to consider changing your (a) Will, (b) Health Care Proxy, (c) Living Will, (d) Trust, (e) Power of Attorney, and (f) Contracts. Consulting with a lawyer regarding any significant legal matter such as a name change is always advisable. Due to the complexity of some name change documents, it may be advantageous to consult an attorney for an explanation of the full effects of the proposed name change. A lawyer at Musi, Malone & Daubenberger will help you through the legal process of changing a name.
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