Regardless of why you change your name,you will
need to notify the appropriate agencies and take other steps to make the name
change legally meaningful.This also applies to women who change their name as
the result of marriage.
Information About Changing Your Name
1. The need for a Name Change
may resultfrom marriage, divorce, adoption or simply a desire to have another
name.2. Generally, (a) you cannot change your name fora
fraudulent purpose, such as avoiding debts, (b) other people's rightscannot be
affected such as famous people, (c) use of a curse word as aname would not be
recommended, and (d) when a minor is involved, the courtlooks to the best
interest of the minor.
3. Means of changing your
name generally include (a)Usage, (b) Court Order and (c) Marriage.
a) Usage- In some states
using a name as your own has the affect of making it yourname.
b) CourtOrder - A Court
order is recommended to change your name and is requiredby some states.
c) Marriage- A marriage
certificate serves as proof of name change.
4. After you have changed
your name you may need tochange records including: (a) Social Security Card,
(b) Drivers License,(c) Passport, (d) Post Office, (e) IRS, (f) Voter
Registration, (g) Banks,(h) Credit Cards, (i) Doctors (j) Insurance Companies,
(k) State Tax Authority,(l) Clubs, (m) Memberships, (n) Employer and (o)
Retirement plans. You will also need to consider changing your (a) Will, (b)
Health CareProxy, (c) Living Will, (d) Trust, (e) Power of Attorney and (f)
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