How to Change Your Name in California

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Divorce, complicated spelling, tricky pronunciation, personal preference -- there are several reasons why you may want to change your name. And though the rules have changed recently, it's still a relatively straightforward procedure.

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Overview

Divorce, complicated spelling, tricky pronunciation, personal preference -- there are several reasons why you may want to change your name. And though the rules have changed recently, it's still a relatively straightforward procedure.

How to Change Your Name in California provides step-by-step instructions and all the forms you need to:

*choose a name and make it your own
*change back to your former name after divorce
*change your child's name
*get a new or amended birth certificate for you or your child
*get a new driver license, Social Security card and passport
*get a court to recognize a change of gender

The 12th edition reflects the latest rules and regulations stemming from the Patriot Act and the rise of identity theft, and provides the latest forms as tear-outs.

List of Forms
Ex Parte Application for Restoration of Former Name After Entry of Judgment and Order
Petition for Change of Name
Attachment to Petition for Change of Name
Order to Show Cause for Change of Name
Decree Changing Name
Civil Case Cover Sheet
Supplemental Attachment to Petition for Change of Name (Declaration of Guardian)
Decree Changing Name of Minor (by Guardian)
Petition for Change of Name and Gender
Order to Show Cause for Change of Name and Gender
Decree Changing Name and Gender
Medical Information Authorization
Information Sheet on Waiver of Court Fees and Costs
Application for Waiver of Court Fees and Costs
Attachment
Order on Application for Waiver of Court Fees and Costs
Proof of Service of Order to Show Cause
Missing Parent Search Log
Declaration
Declaration of Physician Documenting Change ofGender Through Surgical Treatment
Petition for Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate
Notice of Hearing on Petition for Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate
Order for Change of Gender and Issuance of New Birth Certificate
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Oakland Tribune
This book covers every aspect of changing your name in California.
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"This book covers every aspect of changing your name in California."
Oakland Tribune
This book covers every aspect of changing your name in California.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781413307498
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 2/3/2008
  • Edition description: Twelfth Edition
  • Edition number: 12
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

A former editor, attorney Lisa Sedano helped shape many Nolo legal books, including the bestselling Neighbor Law. She is also the author of How to Change Your Name in California.

Emily Doskow is a practicing attorney and mediator who has worked with families in the Bay Area for more than 15 years. She is the author of Nolo's Essential Guide to Divorce and the editor of many Nolo titles including Divorce Without Court: A Guide to Mediation and Collaborative Divorce and the bestselling Neighbor Law: Fences, Trees Boundaries & Noise. She specializes in family law, including adoption, parentage issues, domestic partnership formation and dissolution, and divorce. She is a graduate of the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California at Berkeley.
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Table of Contents

I. Introduction
1. Methods for Changing Your Name
 A. How to Change an Adult's Name
 B. How to Change a Child's Name

2. What's Your Name?
 A. What's Your Name?
 B. Multiple Last Names
 C. Multiple First Names
 D. Pen, Stage, and Other Business Names

3. Restrictions on New Names
 A. Famous Names
 B. Fictitious Names
 C. Initials, Numbers, and One-Word Names
 D. Racial Slurs, Fighting Words, and Other Forbidden Names
 E. Titles and Forms of Address
 F. Names You May Give a Child at Birth

4. Marriage, Divorce, and Custody
 A. Marriage
 B. Divorce and Annulment
 C. Custody, Remarriage, and Children's Names

5. Birth Certificates
 A. Children and Birth Certificates
 B. Adults and Birth Certificates

6. Basics of the Court Petition
 A. An Overview of the Court Petition Process and This Chapter
 B. Filing on Behalf of a Child
 C. Getting Information From Your Superior Court
 D. Getting Your Papers in Order
 E. Basic Name Change Forms
 F. Forms for Legal Guardians

7. Changing Your Name and Birth Certificate After Changing Your Gender
 A. Forms for Change of Name and Gender
 B. Surgery and Your Name Change
 C. Getting Court Recognition of Your Gender When You Have Already Changed Your Name
 D. Filing Your Petition, Publishing Your Order to Show Cause, and Obtaining Your Order
 E. Obtaining a New Birth Certificate

8. Filing, Publishing, and Serving Your Court Petition
 A. File Papers With the Court
 B. Arrange for Publication of the Order to Show Cause
 C. The Service of Process Requirement (Minor's Name Change)
 D. Publishing Notice to the Other Parent
 E. Waiver of Publication Requirement

9. Final Steps Towards Changing Your Name
 A. Appear in Court, If Necessary
 B. Steps to Take After Your Name Change

10. How to Get Your New Name Accepted
 A. Documentation
 B. Notify Agencies and Institutions: A Chart

11. Finding Additional Help
 A. When You Might Need a Lawyer
 B. Hiring an Attorney
 C. Legal Document Assistants ("Typing Services")
 D. Doing Your Own Legal Research

Appendix
Index
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