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    Does anyone know how one would go about legally changing their first name?


    1. Assuming you are an adult, and no fraud is intended (e.g., changing your name from “Moshe” to “Mosheh” in order to show your support for the offical romanization scheme (which no one uses, but this is for sake of argument) – and you are in the United States (other countries have different and more restrictive rules), then:

    2. In many states it is legal to just start using the new name, but you can also get a court order as well. Each state is different. Just using the name may be “bedievad” legal, but a court order will avoid complications when applying for a passport, social security, etc. You probably can get accurate information from the local public library or a local law library.


    Have you tried Googling “How To Change Your Name in New York” (or whatever jurisdiction you happen to be in)?

    The Wolf

    ☕️coffee addict

    ask a notary public

    you’ll need one


    Coffee addict……………

    your advice is not correct.

    I’m an attorney. I handle name changes in Probate Court in CT, and have in Surrogates Court in NY. There is nothing you need a notary public for except to notarize your signature, and that verification can be done by other officials.

    In fact in CT, EVERY lawyer is an officer of the court and can authenticate that a document is being signed by the person who is who he/she says he/she is.

    Most Notaries Public do little more than authenticate the validity of a signature, or that someone is affirming a statement as their free act and deed.

    Power varies by state. In Florida, a notary can perform marriages.

    Little Froggie

    I’d love to change my legal CR S/N!!

    ☕️coffee addict

    ct lawyer,

    oh sorry, i got married in fl and sxince my wife changed her name then i thought it works everywhere


    Every state is different. Even when in theory a single law applies nationally, there are often different “flavors” of how it is applied. Things can even vary with a state (compare the de facto jurisdiction of the New York Supreme Court in the five boros compared to upstate – each county has differnt minhagim).

    The local public library probably has such information. Just ask them.

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