Minor name change


#1

Help!! I cannot get anyone to give me an answer to this question. My daughter is 8. Her father (who she had not seen since she was 2) died almost 4yrs ago. I have been remarried for 5 years and we have another child. I (and my daughter) would like to change her name to our name. Is this considered a simple minor name change (since her father listed on the birth certificate is deceased) that I can file through the courts myself or do I need the help of an attorney to submit the application for name change?


#2

We do not handle that type of name change, but given the fact that her father is deceased it should be a simple process that you can complete at the clerk of superior court’s office.


#3

I sure hope that I can do it myself. When I called the Wake Co. Special Proceedings Court Division the woman told me she was not sure that I could do it on my own. She thought that I would need to consult an attorney. I have not been able to find any attorney who deals with this “type of name change”. Everyone that I call either says that they can’t help me or says they will call me back and then doesn’t. I am not really sure even what forms to fill out or what documentation to take. I guess I would need her birth certificate and probably his death certificate. Do you just go to the court house and file the paperwork? Just really frustrating because I feel like I can’t find anyone to help me. Any further suggestions you could make, including where I may be able to get some help would be great!

Thanks so much!!!


#4

The folks at the courthouse normally tell people they need an attorney for everything, I suggest you go down there in person and ask for the name change forms. You can also look at the statute and read more about it. Here is a site that has more information. http://www.namechangelaw.com/states/nc/northcarolina.htm