Name Change Attorney
If you are seeking a legal name change in Florida, our lawyer in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale can help. The process of obtaining a change in Florida can be rather tedious and utilizing a lawyer experienced in Florida’s name change process allows the process to proceed more smoothly and with fewer delays.
The only way to obtain a change in Florida, unrelated to marriage or divorce, is by filing a legal petition for a change of name, which includes the disclosure of a great deal of personal information. The forms must be notarized and you will have to be fingerprinted and supply a state and federal background check. Finally, it will have to be proven that your request does not violate any individual’s rights and does not infringe on trademarks, patents or other privacy issues and that you have no illegal or ulterior motives for the change. Your name change petition will then be brought before a Circuit Court judge in your legal county of residence for final approval.
Name Change Attorneys in Boca Raton, West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale
Changes are desired for a variety of reasons, and they needn’t be a difficult process. By utilizing a Lawyer that is familiar with all aspects of the process, you can rest assured that your legal change will progress according to schedule. We assist you in filing all necessary paperwork and obtaining the proper background checks. This allows you to more quickly and effortlessly change your name.
Contact Our Boca Raton Name Change Lawyers Today
Call the attorneys at Klein Law Group today at 561-367-5166 for solid and knowledgeable guidance regarding the legal change process in the state of Florida. If you prefer, you can fill out the form on the side of this page and one of our experienced lawyers will call you back.
Florida Name Change Law Firm FAQs
When seeking to legally change your name in the state of Florida, you must complete a Petition for Change of Name, and disclose personal information about your current name, parents’ names, place of birth, marital status and name of spouse (and children if applicable), all addresses you have resided at since birth, businesses you own or have owned, occupation, education, and other pertinent information including the purpose for your requested change. Additionally, you will have to supply information related to any bankruptcies, arrests, criminal convictions and other legal proceedings you have been involved in at any time during your life. You must also obtain a state and federal background check. The paperwork must then be filed in your county of legal residence with the Circuit Court, along with a fee. Your case will then be scheduled to be brought before a judge for final approval.
There are a number of reasons that a legal change in Florida can be denied. This includes situations in which it can be shown that your name change interferes with another individual’s rights or violates trademark, patent or property rights. You must confirm that your change is not being done for illegal purposes, and if it is uncovered that you have ulterior motives, your name change can be denied. Another reason that you can be denied is if it is discovered that you are not a legal resident of the state of Florida.
The process generally takes approximately two to three months, but can vary based on the Circuit Court judge’s schedule.
The state of Florida does not allow individuals to change their name simply by using a new name for a specific amount of time (known as a “common usage” name change). The only way to change your name in the state of Florida is to go through the legal process as described herein.
If a judge grants your name change request, he or she will have the information sent to the Office of Vital Statistics of the Department of Health and to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. You will then be able to obtain a new ID with your new legally changed name. You will be responsible for making all additional changes, such as with the Department of Motor Vehicles (drivers license), Social Security Office and on other pertinent documents such as passports, bank accounts, employment records, and similar documentation.
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