If you’re considering legally changing your name, this article is for you. Many people might want to legally change there name for a number of different reason. Maybe you’re getting a divorce, maybe you plan on being famous and the name you have now just won’t do, or maybe you just don’t like the name your parents gave you. Whatever the case may be, it is totally possible to legally change your name to almost any name you want.
The courts have certain guidelines you must follow when changing your name. For instance; you can not change your name to commit fraud (duh), you can not change your name to something that is trademarked (i.e., McDonalds or Wal-Mart), you can’t change your name to something profane, and you can’t change your name to a racial slur or anything derogative. You also must be at least 18 years old to change your name. Other than that, pretty much anything is fair game.
If you’re changing your name because of marriage or divorce, it is an easy process. Juts ask the court and they will gladly oblige. If you want to change your name just because you feel like it, it’s going to be a lot more difficult than that. First, you will need to know what your state requirements are for changing your name. The best way to do this, is by calling a lawyer or your local courthouse. Next, you will have to go to your local courthouse and fill out a lot of paper work. This paper work will ask you general questions about why you want to change your name. Be as detailed as possible, and make sure your answers are written clearly. When asked why you are change your name do not answer “Cause I feel like it.” This is a sure fire way to have your request denied.
After you have completed all of the necessary steps, a judge will review your case and either approve it or deny it. If your petition is approved, you will be mandated to run an ad in your local news paper. This is so the public is aware that you have changed your identity. You will also have to notify your local police department. Shortly after running the newspaper ad, you should receive a letter of acknowledgement from your local police department. You then have to mail a copy of this letter back to the courthouse.
If for some reason the court does not want to approve your petition to change your name, there are a couple of tricks you can use that might help. One thing you can try, is tell them that the name you want to change your name to is your stage name. For those you who don’t know, a stage name is what an actor or a performer goes by. If your name change appears to be relevant to your career, the court will probably allow it. You could also use the excuse that you are changing your name to escape an abusive relationship. For some people this might be true, but you could try faking it if you’re really desperate.