Phoenix Law Firm | Changing Your Name
If you live in Arizona and you want to change your name, you must go through the court system. A Phoenix law firm can gather the required paperwork, help you fill out forms correctly, and file the documents on your behalf. Learn more about the legal name change process in Arizona.
What Do You Need to Change Your Name?
The State of Arizona maintains a database of Name Change forms on their website. You may download the appropriate form for your needs or have an attorney do this for you. Once you have the form, you must complete it and have the form notarized by a deputy clerk or notary public. In some cases, you may be required to notify other people (such as a former spouse) that you are legally changing your name.
After you complete the form, you will attend a legal hearing. At the hearing, your name change will be approved. At this point, you will be able to receive a new birth certificate in your chosen name. You will also need to change your legal documents (including your Arizona driver’s license) to reflect your new name.
Why You Need a Phoenix Law Firm For a Name Change
It may seem like changing your legal name is so easy, you would not need an attorney. However, it’s always best with legal matters to have help from someone who knows the law. An attorney from a Phoenix law firm such as May Potenza can help you with the following:
- Explain the consequences of changing your name
- Make sure you have the proper documents based on your unique situation
- Help you complete forms
- Notarize your paperwork using an in-house notary public
- Attend your hearing, if necessary.
If you are worried that anyone might contest your name change, hiring an attorney is all the more important. An attorney is an ally during the legal process who fights for your rights in court. Having an attorney by your side, you will feel confident in the legal process and comfortable with what to expect.
Would you like to talk to a Phoenix law firm about a legal name change? Our team at May Potenza is happy to perform name change services for adults or on behalf of minor children. Contact us here for more information.