There are plenty of reasons why someone might wish to change their name
at some point in their lives. The most common reason people do so is because
of marriage and wishing to take their spouse’s name as their own.
However, sometimes people become divorced and no longer wish to have that
name any longer. In other cases, people simply don’t like the name
they’re born with because it’s misspelled or doesn’t
reflect who they are or how they identify.
Changing your name can seem like a daunting process, but it doesn’t
have to be. On this blog, we’ll discuss how to change your name
New York and why it’s beneficial to have an attorney assist you
with this process as well.
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Name Changing Requirements
Changing your name is a pretty big event in your life and takes quite a
bit of work in order to do properly. You can change your name for just
about any reason in the state of New York, with one glaring exception:
you cannot do so in order to avoid paying financial obligations or commit
fraud of some sort.
Otherwise, the only real requirement for changing your name is that you
are at least 18 years of age. Those who are under the age of 18 or who
wish to procure a name change for a child under the age of 18 must obtain
consent from all parents involved. Let’s look at an example: if
a child was born to parents out of wedlock and the child wishes to change
their surname to the parent which they spend more time with, both parents
must be involved in the decision. If one parent objects, a judge will
need to decide if the name change is in the best interests of the child.
The Name Change Process
Before you begin, you’ll need to get the proper papers and fill them
out. These include a name change petition and a Proposed Order, plus the
possibility of some additional forms if you need to change a child’s
name. You’ll also need to bring your birth certificate or a registered
copy of your birth certificate to validate your birth name (or your child’s
if that’s whose name you’re petitioning to change).
Your petition will need to be filled out properly and then signed in front
of a Notary Public in order to be valid. From there, bring your signed
forms to your local court Once you have done this correctly, you’ll
need to pay a court fee in order to process the petition. If you file
the petition in New York City Civil Court, the cost is $65. If you file
the petition in Supreme or County Court, the fee jumps to $210.
A court clerk at your chosen court will review your petition and submit
it to a judge. If the judge approves your name change, you are required
by law to publish your name change in a local newspaper. The judge will
tell you which newspaper to use for this purpose, and you are responsible
for paying the newspaper’s name change publishing charges.
Finally, you’ll want to make sure you get plenty of copies of your
name change Order in order to change your name on things like your bank
account, your Social Security card and your driver’s license.
Having an attorney on your side can minimize the chances of an error leading to your
name change petition being denied or otherwise unsuccessful. Careful review of your name change
petition to make sure that you’ve answered everything correctly
as well as provided the necessary materials can make your name change
process significantly easier and less stressful. A New York attorney can
also advise you on filing fees, publication fees, court appearances, and
other things you’ll have to do to make sure your name is changed
properly and in all the right places.
Have your name change petition reviewed by an experienced New York attorney by
calling the Law Office of Simon Goldenberg, PLLC at (347) 389-0245 today!