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In WV, you need to fill out the Petition for Name Change, pay a $145 fee to the court and file the form. Then you have to publish notice in the newspaper once within 10 days of the hearing. A hearing will be scheduled where a judge will confirm your reasons for the name change. As long as you are not doing it to evade law enforcement or avoid creditors, it should be approved.
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This would occur in Nicholas county and I was trying to determine if you need to hire an actual lawyer to do this or not. AND, if so, what the lawyer price range fee is. From your answer, it SOUNDS like we don't really need to hire a lawyer. Is that true?
Yes, that is correct, you do not need to pay an attorney do file this for you. Just follow the instructions as they are the same statewide. Only the county changes (and possibly the filing fee).
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