There are many reasons why one may need to change their name. There are times when one may have spent their entire life going by a nickname and wish for it to become their legal identity. Others may simply not like their given birth name and may have a desire to change it to something different. Whatever the situation, California’s courts allow for a process to be followed which will change your legal name. Hiring a lawyer to help you with the process can help ensure that no complications arise. Our Orange County name change attorneys handle such matters. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.
The process of changing one’s name is relatively straightforward. A Petition must be filed with the Court and a hearing must be set. This is known as a “order to show cause” or Request for Order. It is also necessary to publish notice of the hearing in a legal periodical for a period of four weeks before the Court date. At the hearing the Judge will confirm the reason for the name change and sign a Decree stating that one’s name has been legally changed. While this process may seem straight forward, it can be delayed if you improperly complete Court forms, fail to properly notice the hearing, or if adequate notice is not given through a legal periodical. Retaining a lawyer to assist with the process can help to ensure that these problems do not occur.
Our Orange County name change attorneys will help you complete the process in our local Court. We will use your initial consultation to determine if you are eligible for a name change, if you are in the class of persons who is not required to publish a notice, and will quickly file your documents with the Court. We will work to ensure that you know what to expect from the process, that you are prepared for your hearing, and that all matters go smoothly. Our lawyers understand that you are eager to begin the next phase of your life. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
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