The Legal Process to a New Name in California

Changing your name is a significant decision that comes with its own set of legal procedures, especially in California. While the reasons for wanting a new name can be deeply personal, the process to make it official is standardized to ensure clarity, transparency, and legal recognition.

At the Law Offices Of Arash Hashemi, we’re here to guide you through this legal pathway, ensuring you understand each step and have the necessary support to make your transition as smooth as possible.

Whether you’re changing your name due to marriage, personal preference, gender identity, or any other reason, understanding the legal steps involved is crucial.

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Court Review

  • After filing, your application will be reviewed by a judge. This is a formal process where the judge assesses the reasons and documentation provided for the name change.
  • Our Attorney will handle court interactions on your behalf, often eliminating the need for you to personally appear.
  • If there are no objections or concerns, the judge will typically approve your request.

Different Types of Name Changes and Their Specifics.

Changing one’s name is a personal decision, and the reasons and processes can vary based on the individual’s age, situation, or even the number of people involved. Here’s a breakdown of the different types of name changes and their specific requirements:

  1. Minor Name Changes:
    • Parental Consent: If you’re under 18, you’ll need consent from both parents for a name change. If one parent is unavailable or disagrees, you may need additional documentation.
    • Legal Process: A parent or guardian must file the name change on behalf of the minor.
  2. Adult Name Changes:
    • Documentation: You’ll need to provide valid reasons and appropriate documentation for your name change. This could be due to marriage, divorce, personal preference, or gender transition.
    • Procedure: File a ‘Petition for Change of Name’ with the court. Once approved, you’ll receive a ‘Decree Changing Name’ to update your records.
  3. Family Name Changes:
    • Unified Petition: If the whole family is changing their surname, you can file a single petition. This is common in adoption cases or for a new family start.
    • Documentation: You’ll need to provide reasons and necessary documentation for the entire family.

How Your Attorney Assists with the Necessary Forms

Navigating the name change process requires meticulous attention to various legal forms. Here’s how an attorney, like those at our law office, assists you in this crucial step:

  1. Petition for Change of Name: Your attorney will guide you in filling out this primary document, ensuring all details are accurate and making a compelling case for your name change.
  2. Name and Information about the Person Whose Name is to be Changed: By attaching this to the NC-100, your attorney ensures that the court has a comprehensive understanding of the individual seeking the name change.
  3. Order to Show Cause—Change of Name: Your attorney prepares this document, signaling the court’s intention to review your request, and ensures it’s presented in a manner that aligns with legal standards.
  4. Civil Case Cover Sheet: While not always required, if necessary, your attorney will provide an overview of your case using this form, ensuring the court has all the context it needs.
  5. Decree Changing Name Form: Your attorney pre-fills the necessary sections, ensuring that once the court approves your name change, the transition is seamless.

Why Hiring a Lawyer is Key

Hiring an experienced name change lawyer offers several advantages:

  1. Avoiding Common Mistakes:
    • Lawyers are familiar with the nuances of the name change process and can ensure that all forms are filled out correctly and completely. This expertise reduces the risk of rejections due to errors or omissions.
  2. Streamlining the Process:
    • With their knowledge of the legal system, lawyers can expedite the name change process. They know which documents are required, where to file them, and how to present the application efficiently.
  3. Ensuring Your Rights are Protected:
    • Beyond just the paperwork, lawyers ensure that your rights are upheld throughout the process. If any complications arise, such as objections to the name change, a lawyer can provide legal solutions and represent your interests.
  • We file the Petition for Name Change* – Some courts require a criminal history assessment form
  • We perform the required publication**
  • We obtain a Court Date
  • We prepare you for the court date & appear with you in court

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.





    11845 W Olympic Blvd #520, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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    (310) 448-1529