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A Fresh Start: The Benefits of A Legal Name Change
Life can be unpredictable. Sometimes, turning over a new leaf takes more than simply getting a new job or moving somewhere different. There may be a time where you want to truly start your life over, and the easiest way to do so is through the power of a legal name change.
If you weren’t already aware, yes — you can change your name in the eyes of the law. Once a legal name change is complete, it is truly your new name for all official intents and purposes. It will appear on your passport, your driver’s license, and even future marriage certificates.
But not everybody knows how to perform a legal name change, nor are they aware of the benefits that come with legally starting over with a new name. Here’s a quick rundown on what you can expect when you change your name, and how Pursuely can help you do it.
What’s in a name?
When you legally change your name, you are effectively casting aside your old identity in order to create a new one. This means that any ties you have to your old name will no longer apply, and you will no longer be able to use them for legal matters.
If you have licenses or official forms in your old name, you will need to have new ones created that legally reflect your new identity. In addition, you may have to sever accounts and existing connections with your old identity if you truly wish to start over new.
But those are among the few downsides to starting with a new name. After you have changed your name legally, you now have the freedom to move without others being able to track you through directories and avoid embarrassing or inconvenient connections with your old name.
What’s more, you can even start over with a brand new credit score once you’ve changed your name by creating a split credit file that separates your old and new names. This is one of the many name change-related services we offer here at Pursuely.
Why change your name?
There are many reasons why a person might choose to change their name. Perhaps you’re attempting to leave a previous life of misbehavior behind and start over, or maybe you’re dealing with large amounts of debt that prevent you from living your life to the fullest.
Or perhaps you are truly reinventing yourself, and changing your name is one of the final steps on your journey of self-actualization. Regardless of the reason behind your name change, the most important thing is to make sure everything is done legally and by the books.
Otherwise, your name change won’t be valid or legally binding. And if there is no legal power behind your name, it’s nothing better than a nickname you use informally.
Pursuely can help you take the next steps
Changing your legal name essentially creates a brand new legal identity from your previously existing one. If you use Pursuely’s name change services to handle the legal processes, we make each step safe and straightforward to understand.
To guarantee the safety and legality of our efforts, we use a court of competent jurisdiction in our process to make sure all steps are performed by-the-books.
Most name changes are finalized by the courts within five to eight weeks after we first file your petition. Keep in mind that may take an additional two weeks for us to obtain the certified court order granting your name change after a judge signs the final order.
If you need your certified court order sooner, we can provide you with your case number and the contact information of the Clerk of Court where your name change petition was filed. That way, you can request expedited certified copies of the final order granting your name change.
As you can see, you don’t have to take on this life-changing effort on your own. Changing your name is a major move forward, and Pursurely is here to help you out every step of the journey. It’s just another way we are here to help you Pursue what ma