Family Name Changes

Our mission is to make the family name change process fast and easy by taking the time to walk you through each step and eliminating most of the legwork. We also value affordability, which is why we offer a reduced per person rate for families seeking a legal name change. Check out the step-by-step process below.

Family Name Change Guide

Step 1 - Free Consultation

The first step to our family name change process is contacting us. You can call, text, or email us for a free 15-minute family name change consultation over the telephone. During this call, we will go through a few questions to determine what the next steps are, and we will answer any questions you have. At this time, you will be made aware of the documents needed for your family’s legal name change. These often include birth certificates, social security cards, prior court orders, passports, and other official government documents. After the consultation, you can set an appointment to begin the legal proceedings.

Step 2 - Appointment with Attorney

We see clients Monday-Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at our conveniently located office. During the appointment, you will discuss your family name change with the attorney, who will create all necessary legal documents. At the end of your appointment, you will sign the documents with our on-site notary and provide payment. After the appointment, your attorney will file the documents and usher your family’s legal name change through the District Court.

Step 3 - Court Hearing

Once your attorney has filed the necessary court documents, your attorney will present your case to the judge. Depending on the facts of your case, you may need to attend a court hearing in person or on Zoom. If a hearing is required, all adults seeking a name change should be present for the hearing, and children should have at least one parent or legal guardian present.

Step 4 - Updating Records

Once the court grants your family’s name change, your attorney will obtain and provide certified copies of your court order. Your attorney will also provide you with instructions and completed documentation necessary for updating your family’s birth certificates, social security cards, passports, and other government identity documents, as necessary.

Family Name Change Pricing

Ask about our discounts for cash and check payments!

$850 for first person
$400 for each additional person* Flat Rate
  • Free Telephone Consultation
  • Attorney-Client Meeting
  • Onsite Fingerprinting
  • Name Change Petition & Order
  • Onsite Notary
  • Filing Fees
  • In-Court Representation
  • Documents Required to Update Government ID's and Vital Records
  • *Additional Fees for family members with criminal charges above Class C Misdemeanor

Reasons For a Family Name Change

No matter the reason, your attorney is here to ease and expedite your family’s legal name change.  You are able to take advantage of our reduced per-person rate when you file as a family. Here are a few of the most common reasons why a family may be seeking a name change.

Changing to a Biological Parent's Surname

Many of our clients have reconnected with a biological parent who they were not originally named after and wish to change their entire family's name to the name of the biological parent.

Changing to a Step-Parent's Surname

Many of our clients were raised by a step-parent and feel that their step-parent's name better represents their family rather than the name of a person who was less involved in their lives. Others seek to change the name of the family's children to the name of a step-parent. Families considering this option may also wish to to consider a Step-Parent Adoption.

Preference for New Name

Some clients simply prefer a name that is easier to pronounce, more meaningful, or one that they feel better represents their family's identity.

Religous or Cultural Reasons

Clients may choose to change their family’s name for religious or cultural reasons. Whether it is to choose a name from the Bible or other Holy Book, one that better reflects the family’s cultural background, or to “Americanize” their name, we are here to support you through the process.

Simplify Family Name

Some of our clients have very complicated last names and wish to simplify them.  This could be to simplify a hyphenated last name, or to simplify a compound last name.

Ready to Change Your Name?

Call us today to book your FREE 15-minute consultation!