FORT LAUDERDALE AND MIAMI NAME CHANGE LAWYER
If you are looking for an attorney to assist you through the process of legally changing your name, for whatever reason, the attorneys at The Pazos Law Group are available to assist you through the process. Laws surrounding name changes can sometimes be complicated, and after changing your name, there are far-reaching implications that you must address. These include updating passports, bank accounts, drivers licenses, and much more that is linked to your legal name. To ensure that you don’t run into any issues down the road after changing your name, the attorneys at Pazos Law Group are familiar with name change law, and can help you be certain that you’ve covered all of the necessary steps to move forward with your life.
How To Change Your Name
If you are recently married or divorced and must change your name, the process is very simple. For all other situations, read on.
The first step to changing your name is determining the residency requirements in your state. For Florida, you must spend at least six months in the state and have a Florida drivers license. Next, you must prove your identity with social security documentation, passports, drivers licenses, and more. After you have established your identity and residency, you will then file a petition to change your legal name. This petition must be notarized, and then filed with the Florida courts. You may be required to attend a hearing for your name change, which will likely be the same day that you file your petition. Following a successful hearing, you will be given official documents that state your name change petition has been approved, and you can begin to complete the additional steps such as updating bank accounts, credit cards, drivers license, passport, and other identifying documents that use your previous name.
Why Would I Change My Name?
There are many instances that someone would want to legally change their name. Below are a few of the more common reasons in the state of Florida:
- Marriage or divorce – These are the two most common reasons that Florida residents will change their name, and are therefore the most simple name changes to undergo.
- You dislike your name – If you simply dislike your name, you are legally entitled to change it, provided that you meet the initial requirements in Florida. If you are uncertain about whether or not you meet these requirements, it is a good idea to discuss this with an attorney who is familiar with name change law in Miami, such as our team at the Pazos Law Group.
- Changing a Child’s Surname – If for some reason a parent wishes to change their child’s last name to their own, there is a process to follow in Florida that will allow you to do so. Our attorneys are available to help you with this process today.
- Transgender Name Changes – If you have undergone a gender reassignment surgery, and have assumed a new name that matches your gender, our attorneys will help you ensure that you have followed the process all the way through, and are able to fully assume your new name in all legal situations.
Things Affected By Name Changes
When you change your name through the Florida court system, there are many additional things that are affected. One of the more obvious ones, and something that an attorney will not be able to help you with, is communicating your name change to friends, family, coworkers, and anyone else you interact with in your personal or professional life.
In addition to simply letting other people know about your name change, you will need to update the following information:
- Social Security
- Bank Accounts
- Drivers License
- Credit Cards
- Phone Listings
- Social Media Accounts
- Voter Registration
- Trusts, Titles, and Deeds
- Medical Records
Of course, this is not a complete list of updates that you must make. If you are concerned about the additional legal implications regarding your name change, an attorney at Pazos Law Group will be able to help you move through the checklist to determine that you have taken care of everything necessary.
Some Things To Consider About Name Changes
When you change your name, a lot more happens than simply getting approval from the state. As you can see from the list above, there will be a lot more additional work that must be done in order to be certain that you have assumed your new name in every aspect of your life. Many of these details are not necessarily essential, and may pop up from time to time when you realize that there is a platform where you have not updated your name and can then do so. The most important thing to consider following a name change is that there are legal documents and institutions that MUST be informed of this updated as soon as possible. You will not be able to travel outside of the country until you have updated your passport, which can be a frustrating thing to remember when you are planning a trip. In addition to travel, any dealings with financial institutions will be complicated by legal confusion regarding names on accounts versus the name you are legally assigned.
In speaking with an attorney who is well-versed in name change law, you will be able to understand more about what to expect before or during the time that you are going through this process.
Restrictions To Name Changes
Below are a few things that will result in a denial of your request:
Attempting to Escape Financial Issues
If you are trying to change your name to escape debt or other financial issues, you will not be able to go through with the process. In addition, changing your name does not separate you from existing legal obligations.
If the name you are requesting is determined to be offensive, your request will be denied.
Intentionally Misleading Names
You may not assume a new name that takes the name of a celebrity. In addition, you will be denied a name change request if your name is determined to be intentionally confusing, such as with the use of unnecessary punctuation or numerals.
If you are considering a name change in Miami, contact us today to determine the most effective course of action. The team at Pazos Law Group are waiting for your call, and are happy to help you navigate name change law in Florida.