How to Do a Legal Name Change in Indiana
DO YOU NEED AN ATTORNEY TO GET YOUR NAME CHANGED IN INDIANA?
If you wish to change your name legally in Indiana, you can hire an attorney, or do so yourself. Based on what clients have reported paying, it is typically $700-1000 to hire an attorney to do your name change and less than half of that to submit the name change paperwork and appear before the judge yourself.
HOW LONG DOES THE NAME CHANGE PROCESS TAKE?
Typically you can anticipate that the process from start to finish will take three months. This is true whether you hire an attorney, or you do this yourself.
WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO GET YOUR NAME CHANGED IN INDIANA?
If you are not currently in jail or prison, you are at least 17, you are not required to register as a sex or violent offender, and you are not trying to avoid creditors, you are able to change your name in the state of Indiana.
HOW DOES THE NAME CHANGE PROCESS WORK?
There are forms available on the Indiana government website here.
You can submit your paperwork to the County Clerk and you will be provided a case number. and process the forms. The Clerk will stamp the forms with a filing date and give you back a copy. Once you file your Petition for a name change, a court date is set. You are then required to take the Notice of Petition for Change of Name to your local newspaper in the county where you reside. The Notice of name change must run in the paper once a week for three weeks. The last date your notice runs in the paper must be at least thirty days prior to your hearing date. You will receive a proof of publication notice from the newspaper which you then file with the court along with your Notice of Filing Proof of Publication.
Once your name has been changed, you will then need to let everyone know about your new name, including:
- * government agencies (social security, drivers license, passport, etc)
- * your employer
- * your creditors (loans, credit cards, mortgages, utility bills, memberships, etc.)
- * assets (banks, 401k’s, etc)