Frequently Asked Questions



  • Can anyone use your eGuide, or do some situations require an attorney?

  • Can the entire process be taken care of online?

  • How much will it cost for the whole process?

  • How long will it take?

  • Do I need to bring a witness with me?

  • How do I know whether I need to publish notice of my name change in a newspaper?

  • What happens after I obtain a court order?


  • Can anyone use your eGuide, or do some situations require an attorney?
  • Anyone can use our eGuide, but you must be aware that the eGuide provides only legal forms and information on how to complete the process. It was designed and is intended to help the great majority of people, but there are certainly situations that the eGuide is not intended for, and for which an attorney is necessary. For example, if you have been convicted of a felony, have filed for bankruptcy, or have a lien or financial judgment filed against you, we recommend that you contact an attorney licensed in your state as such cases are likely to present more difficult issues. Likewise, if you are trying to change the name of your child, and you know the other biological parent will object to the change, or you simply cannot find them to obtain their permission, it is likely better that you consult a licensed attorney.

  • Can the entire process be taken care of online?
  • No. We are not aware of a single county courthouse in the United States that will allow you to obtain a name change on line. If you live in such a county, please let us know.
    Generally speaking, you will need to file your petition at the courthouse requesting your name change, then appear at a hearing before either a judge or another administrative body to attest to the accuracy of your legal filings. This must all be done by you and in person.

  • How much will it cost for the whole process?
  • Our fee is purely for the legal documents and information that you receive. The precise amounts for the filing fees depend on where you live. You can generally obtain your filing fee information by contacting your local county court clerk’s office. The fees will usually include: (1) a court filing fee ranging from approximately $75 to $300, (2) fees to publish notice of your name change in a local newspaper, (3) postage for mail, and (4) fees that a Notary Public may charge. Most all states have fee waiver applications that may waive the court filing fees if your earnings are below the Federal Poverty Guidelines.

  • How long will it take?
  • Again, it really depends and can vary greatly depending on how busy your local county court is as well as your particular situation. You may be able to get a good estimate by contacting your local county clerk’s office. Generally, to file your petition, give the public notice, then schedule a hearing and obtain a court order, it will take at least 8 weeks.

  • Do I need to bring a witness with me?
  • No. Depending on your state, you may be required to have someone sign an affidavit swearing to your good character, but they will not need to accompany you to your hearing as a witness. You may need to answer a few questions in front of the judge.

  • How do I know whether I need to publish notice of my name change in a newspaper?
  • Many states require notifying the public that you intend to change your name. The specific timing of such notification varies greatly. These requirements are all governed by each state’s laws, which we have provided at the state pages throughout this website. Some states also require that you get a background check and your finger prints.

    

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