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He has to be served with a copy of the Petition for Name Change and he can then file an Answer and ask for a hearing. It would, of course, be better for him to hire a lawyer but if he does then the lawyer shouldn't have any problem either delaying the matter until after he is released or else getting him "bench warranted" to the county so he can appear at the hearing.
Filing an Answer will prevent a default judgment and then the presumption is that the name not be changed.
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