If you live in Tampa Bay, Greater Sarasota, or elsewhere in Florida and you are looking to change your legal name, Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm can help you. Whether you seek to correct your birth certificate, honor a loved one, or turn a new leaf in life, Family Diplomacy will sit down with you and set a plan for moving forward.
Keep in mind that not everyone is eligible for a name change. If you were convicted of a felony and have not had your civil rights restored, then a Florida judge will not grant your request for a change of name. Similarly, if it appears that you are looking to take on a new name for an illegal or ulterior purpose, such as to avoid a money judgment or to infringe on someone’s intellectual property, then your petition for a name change may be denied.
Fortunately, the vast majority of requests for name changes are granted in Florida. Section 68.07 of the Florida Statutes sets out the procedures:
- An applicant petitions for a name change in the circuit court of the county in which he or she lives.
- The petition must include detailed information of the applicant, including addresses where he or she has lived and work history.
- The applicant gets fingerprinted for a background check through the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
- The applicant testifies before a judge who evaluates the petition and determines whether to grant the name change.
Family Diplomacy: A Collaborative Law Firm helps individuals and families throughout the State of Florida with petitions for change of name. We will provide an easy-to-read packet, and we will be by your side guiding you throughout the process.