person with NAME written on blocksThis is the next post in my series on legally changing one’s name in the state of Florida. My last article discussed the process of obtaining a name change. It is important to understand that, while the process may seem straightforward, there are several steps which must be followed. If the procedure is not followed correctly then one’s case may be delayed or, worse, their Petition may be denied. Obtaining an attorney to assist you with the matter is a way to help ensure that things go smoothly. In this article I will discuss the benefits of legally changing your name. If you or a loved one are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a Melbourne lawyer. I also serve the rest of Brevard County as well as other Florida areas.

Name changes are becoming increasingly important in today’s world. In an era of search engines, something which appears online can stay there for many years. This can mean, for example, that if someone’s name appears in a news article then it is likely to appear in search results for years. While not legally detrimental, this is the type of information which many prospective landlords look at as well as potential employers. It also goes without saying that a potential significant other is likely to perform a Google search of someone they are dating. While honesty is always the best policy, it is important to remember that bad search results can drive a potential employer, or significant other, away before you’ve had a chance to explain yourself. A name change can make dealing with negative online information more manageable.

Other benefits of changing one’s name is that it can help avoid confusion related to names that are common in a family, if not in general. It is not infrequent, for example, for someone to be named after their parent but to spend their entire life going by their middle name. Someone in this situation may wish to change their legal name so they do not then have to regularly explain to people why they do not go by their given first name. Also, it is common for someone to wish to change their name to a nickname which they may have gone by their entire life. While such situations may seem trivial, it is understandable that one may wish for the legal name to be the same as the one which everyone knows them as.

If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a Melbourne, Florida name change lawyer. My office takes pride in providing a high level of service. This includes promptly responding to messages and making sure your questions are timely answered. We will assist with the filing of your Name Change Petition and will attend the hearing with you. Contact us online or by telephone today to speak with an attorney. We also serve the Brevard County cities of Titusville, Cocoa, Palm Bay, Grant, Valkaria, and Rockledge, as well as in the Indian River County areas of Fellsmere, Sebastian, Vero Beach, Indian River Shores, and Orchid.