Seven things you must know before getting a Name change
Whether you are getting married, trying to ‘disappear’ or you just don’t like the sound of your name anymore, getting a name change is not something you will be doing often. In fact, you may probably be doing it just once in your lifetime. So it’s important you get it right.
Getting a name change is easy, but it could be a gruesome process if you do not have the right information.
So before you decide on a name change, there are certain things you must know that are outline below for you:
1. Reason for the name change:
You don’t necessarily need a very great reason to change your name. In fact, you do not even need a good reason, so long as you are not breaking any laws. But it’s important to have a genuine reason to get a name change, one that would be worth it for you.
2. Choice of Name:
You can choose any name you want! Well, almost any name as long as it’s not a celebrity’s name or any trademarked or copyrighted names. You can’t also have numerals as a name.
Punctuation marks are also not allowed.
So It’s important to take your time to be certain of the spelling and format of your name and please, pick a name you will be proud to own.
3. Cost of the name change:
Unless you are getting divorced and ask the court to revert your name back to your maiden name, a name change will cost you.
It depends on whether you are processing it on your own or you are using an attorney. In most counties in California, getting your name changed might cost you around $495 in court fess, in addition to other expenses such as publishing fees, getting forms notarized and/or making additional copies of your documents.
- Do your research:
Laws regarding name changes vary across states. So take your time to find out exactly what the process is like in your locale, as well as the documents you need to submit. Your state government website will be a good place to start.
- It will take some time:
Not just the actual process of changing your name, but every other thing that follows: updating your information at your bank, the DMV, utility companies and all those local government agencies.
You get the picture…right?
So just keep in mind that it’s going to take a while before you are completely out of the woods.
- Expect some Early slip-ups:
From your friends and loved ones forgetting your new identity, to the bank customer care sending your new credit cards in your old name, there will be times when you zone out and forget to respond to your name.
But the good news is: it gets easier with time, and the best way to deal with these is to try and use your new identity consistently and remind your friends and family to do the same.
- It’s totally worth it:
The majority of the people that got a name change said it felt like they were given a fresh start; the feeling of being able to leave behind parts of their former selves that they no longer needed, and having the opportunity to determine what they want their new self to be known for.
From small things like how you sign your new name to larger things like how you present yourself to the world with your new identity, your life will not remain the same. So be sure that whatever reason you may have for the name change is worth it for you.
If you or someone you know wants to file for a Name Change, contact us at (310) 448-1529 or visit us online to schedule a consultation. Our office is conveniently located in the Westside Towers in Los Angeles, within minutes of Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Westwood, and steps away from the Expo/ Bundy Station. We have flexible and weekend office hours, and we will visit you in jail to discuss your case.