In Your Name?
Most individuals have the right to use and have recorded any name or
combination of names they choose. Married women have the right to use
their maiden names, a combination of their maiden name and their
husband's name, or a name unrelated to either. Parents have the right
to give their children a surname that may be that of either parent, a
combination of both, or even one that is different from that of either
If you want your name changed, you have three options. Your personal
situation and finances will help you decide which method is most
By "Common Law"
is a common law procedure for changing your name. In order to utilize
this process you should notify all agencies and institutions in writing
that your name is changed. This includes Social Security, university
registration, driver's license and car registration, bank accounts,
credit cards, leases, employment records, etc. You may have to pay a
fee for some of these changes. You also may run into a hassle with some
places who won't process the change without court papers, even though
you are not legally required to go through that process. If this
happens, you may appeal the decision of the administrative agent within
that agency, or you may change your name in court as described below.
Again, your life situation should determine which option you pursue.
court has authority to grant an order, upon request, allowing a woman
or man to resume her or his former name as part of the divorce process.
one's name through ASUO Legal Services is a simple process which takes
approximately six weeks. This may take longer and depends on the office
workload, schedule, and the attorney's schedule. One may use almost any
name one wishes; however, many people desire to take a new legal name.
first visit to the office consists of filling out an intake form so
that we may prepare the Petition for Change of Name. The Petition will
ask the court for a change of name. At that time, you will pay the fees
required as follows: court filing fee, $158; document preparation fee,
$30; and certified copy of the judgment,$5.00 + $.25 per page, for an
total of $193.50.
Please make your check payable to "Ilona E. Koleszar, trust account."
When the Petition has been prepared we will have you come back to the
office to sign the Petition before a notary public. You will need to
bring two pieces of ID with you when you come in for your appointment.
The attorney will then go to court and file the Petition. At that time
she will also post a notice at the courthouse making your Petition for
Change of Name public in accordance with the law. No sooner than
fourteen (14) days after the posting of the notice of filing the
Petition, the attorney will return to court. The second public posting
of your name change will be done at that time stating that your name
has actually been changed. Again, no sooner than fourteen (14) days
after that posting, the attorney will go back to court for a third time
and obtain a certified copy of the judgment from the court, and the
process will be complete. We usually have you come into the office to
pick it up, so it doesn't get lost in the mail. With a
certified copy of the judgment in hand you now have a new legal name.
You can take that certified copy with you to various agencies to change
This information is not intended to provide legal advice. Any
incidental fee-paying University of Oregon student who has questions
about name changes may call ASUO Legal Services at 541-346-4273 to
ASUO Legal Services' attorneys are licensed to practice in the State of
Oregon. Information disseminated in this website does not constitute
legal advice and does not create an attorney/client relationship. This
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