Legal Name Change

Complete your legal name change procedure with TotalLegal. You can change your first, middle and/or last name in a name change proceeding. You can also change the name of your minor child.

TotalLegal makes it easy to legally change your name without a lawyer. Just follow the instructions to finish the online interview, then receive the completed package with step-by-step instructions to file and complete a name change yourself. Help is always close at hand.
OUR PROCESS
1 Step One answer questions
Complete the online interview.
2 Step Two print
Print your package yourself or receive it by mail.
3 Step Three sign and file
Follow the state-specific  procedures for completing your legal name change.
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How to change your legal name

You must go through the courts to legally change your name or a child's name. With marriage or divorce it is straightforward for a name change to be included with either the marriage certificate or the divorce decree. Outside of marriage or divorce you will need to complete a name change with your county court system by doing the following:

  1. Complete the TotalLegal Legal Name Change process.
  2. File the documents with your court clerk and pay the court filing fee.
  3. Attend a hearing where a judge finalizes your name change.

Your state may require additional steps such as publishing a notice in a local newspapers about your change of name or possibly getting fingerprinted.

Common reasons for changing your legal name

  • Personal Choice.  You may simply not like your name or may want a name that is more easily spelled or pronounced. With TotalLegal, you can change your last name, first name and/or middle name.
  • Change a Child's Name.  The absence of a parent in a child's life, changes in parental rights/custody, and paternity determinations are among the most common reasons to change a child's name.
  • Share a Last Name.  Couples may want to create a hyphenated or entirely new last name for themselves.
  • Divorce.  If you took your spouse's last name upon marriage, you may want to resume a former name if you separate or divorce. In most states, it is easy to include a name change in your Divorce Decree.

Fraud and Name Changes.  The court will not grant a name change that is requested for a fraudulent or illegal purpose such as evading criminal prosecution or a civil lawsuit, avoiding creditors, or identity theft.


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