There are a thousand good reasons to change your first, middle, or last name, from marriage and divorce to family problems and major changes in an individual's identity. However, the process is somewhat complex, involving many steps before your name change becomes official. The legal document preparation experts at We The People of NY would like to explain a few key things everyone should know before starting.
If you're thinking of a name change, keep in mind:
- You Can Choose Anything: The law creates a wide range of possibilities, giving you the right to change your name to almost anything you want. While there are a few exceptions — you can't change your name to a numeral, offensive word, punctuation symbol, or registered trademark—your choices are essentially wide open. Just be certain of the format and spelling of your new name before you file.
- You Don't Need An Attorney: While a name change is often a long process, it typically isn't very complex. The lengthy forms and other documents can be intimidating, but a document preparation service can typically help you complete them without legal representation.
- You'll Have To Notify Everyone: Filling out and submitting the legal paperwork is only half the process. Once you have the court order or marriage license, you'll still have to notify the IRS, Social Security, the DMV, your bank, family, and friends. Essentially, any legal document that requires your name will have to be changed.
For a quarter century, New Yorkers have relied on We The People of NY for high-quality legal document preparation and updated knowledge of the law. Visit their website to learn more about how they can help you get your name changed, call (212) 633-2200 with any questions, or visit their storefront at 233 West 14th St. between 7th and 8th Avenues today.