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I'm looking advice about the pros and cons of a legal name

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JA: Hello. How can we be of help?
Customer: I'm looking advice about the pros and cons of a legal name change
JA: Because laws vary from state to state, could you tell me what state is this in?
Customer: NJ
JA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: no
JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
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Expert:  RobertJDFL replied 1 year ago.

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There's no real advantage per se to changing one's name. Typically when people do it, it is because of a change in lifestyle -they are getting married, for example. Others change their name to take the name of a stepparent years later because they couldn't as a minor but want to as an adult. Some just never liked their names. Still others undergo sex changes and obviously don't want the name of their previous sex.

The main disadvantage to a name change is that it is a process. You'll have to petition the court for a name change, and some places require that you publish a notice in the newspaper. After the court issues the order, it takes time to notify the various organizations you'll need to about your new name -DMV, Social Security, IRS, banks, credit card companies, doctor's offices, etc. And, if you already have an established name professionally -e.g., you are a well know business person, you may not want to change your name and risk the public no longer knowing who you are.

Of course no one can change their name to avoid a warrant, flee criminal prosecution, or get out of paying their debts.

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