If you are looking to change your name in New Jersey, there are many steps you must take. While most may seem simply administrative, a vital few are not, such as appearing at a required hearing before a judge. In some instances, a judge may rule that you are not permitted to change your name. But, that’s just one of the reasons why it may be beneficial to consult with an attorney before attempting to change your name.
It’s worth hiring a lawyer to help you with a name change for several reasons. The great load of paperwork you will have to file can be overwhelming, and a simple mistake or oversight could result in the denial of your name change request. There are several governmental entities you must file paperwork with, and the process can get complex very quickly. A law firm will take care of copying, filing, and notifying newspapers as well as some of the agencies involved. This will minimize the amount of work you have to do, and ensure that all steps are handled correctly.
The help of an experienced attorney is especially beneficial if you are someone with complicated circumstances. For example, you might be involved in a pending lawsuit, carry debt, or have a criminal history.
But, not surprisingly, an attorney may be most helpful in the courtroom. When attending court for your hearing, an attorney can handle some of the questions the judge may ask and provide responses that are likely to persuade the judge to make a favorable ruling. The judge will consider your occupation, any judgments, bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings, criminal record or charges, your desired name, any previous attempts to change your name, your stated reasons for the name change, and any possible fraudulent intent. Attorneys have experience speaking with judges and the right attorney will know what to say that will give you the best chance of being successful.
If your name change is denied, the action you take next will depend on the reason for the denial. If the denial occurred for procedural reasons, you can simply file the request again, this time aiming to correct the mistake. If you were denied due to concerns regarding fraud or criminal convictions, you can file an appeal. Under the latter circumstances, if an attorney was not hired for the original filing, it is imperative that you have one for the appeal.If you live in New Jersey and would like to legally change your name, or if you’ve made a request that was denied, the lawyers of Rosenblum Law are ready to help. Call us today for a free, no-obligation consultation. Our dedicated attorneys will listen, advise, and do their very best to provide you with the service you need to resolve your matter.