WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CHANGING YOUR NAME

The media can’t seem to stop generating stories about how Bruce Jenner is now Caitlyn Jenner.  I watched Diane Sawyer’s interview with Jenner about the physical and emotional process.  How about the legal process?  Has "Bruce Jenner" legally become "Caitlyn Jenner?"   I don’t know.  I do know that the process of changing your name is not difficult, but like any legal process, it’s not simple.

Legally changing your name requires filing documents with the court.  You must give notice to anyone who may be affected.  Some states require a hearing, and the process concludes when the judge signs the order. Like many legal proceedings, a petition for name change can be filed pro se, without an attorney.  However, it may be cost effective to hire an attorney.  The attorney can identify potential problems and help you through the process.

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