People have many reasons for wanting to change their name. The process of doing so, however, can be daunting.
At the Law Office & Mediation Services of Elissa C. Goldberg, we work behind the scenes to ensure that the paperwork for a name change runs smoothly and efficiently. Our Doylestown name change attorney Elissa C. Goldberg handles name change requests for clients in Bucks County, Montgomery County and the Philly metro area.
Doylestown, Pennsylvania, Attorney Doing Legal Name Changes for Adults and Children
In order to legally change your name in Pennsylvania you must file a petition with the court asking the court to grant your request to change your name. The petition must include:
- The reason you are asking for the name change
- Your current address and how long you have lived at this address
- A statement that there are no judgments against you
- FBI clearance
After the petition is filed with the court, it is necessary to publish a notice in two newspapers that you are requesting the name change, along with the date, time and place of where the hearing will be held.
If you want to change the name of your son or daughter, the process is similar. You will either need the permission of both parents or you will need to show the court that the name change is in the child’s best interests.
You will have to attend a hearing with a judge and during the hearing the judge will review the contents of your petition with you. If your petition is granted, you will have an order that will allow you to change your name with other governmental agencies. Our experienced family law lawyer can help walk you through this daunting process.
Contact Us Today for Help in Changing Your Name in Pennsylvania
Changing your name can oftentimes lift a significant burden for a client, or allow a young child to have the same name as his or her custodial parent providing an emotional benefit. Whatever your reason for wanting to change your name, contact our Doylestown name change law firm or call office at 215-345-5259 to schedule a free consultation today.