Name Change FAQs

Why Would a Name Change Petition be Denied?

A name change petition could be denied if your reasons for doing so are:

  • To avoid creditors;
  • To invade the property rights of others, whether partnership, patent, good will, privacy, or trademark;
  • For an illegal purpose or ulterior motive; or
  • To avoid arrests

Can Individuals Object to My Petition for a Name Change?

Yes. There is no requirement to publish notice of a pending name change petition, so persons with an objection may not be aware of the case. The court has an independent duty to decide whether a name change is consistent with public interest and a reasonable objection may influence the court’s decision.

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