What is the process for getting a legal name change in Nevada?
This is the question that usually causes most people the most heartburn.
As family law attorneys, for the us, the process is fairly straight forward.
However, if you are trying to do a name change on your own, the process can seem overwhelming.
But don't worry. . .
We've laid out the process for a simple adult name change step by step here.
What paperwork do I need to complete the name change in Nevada?
Since we are lawyers in Las Vegas, Nevada much of the information we include in this section will relate to name changes being completed in Clark County, Nevada.
While there may be some differences for your specific jurisdiction, if you live outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, the general idea is the same.
Before you begin filing paperwork, you will need the following documents to complete your name change if you are filing in Las Vegas, Nevada:
Family Court Cover Sheet
Petition for Name Change
Notice of Petition for Name Change
Request for Summary Disposition and Declaration
Order for Name Change
If you decide not to hire a lawyer to help you with your name change, you can get the name change paperwork from the Clark County Self Help Center.
What Do I Do Once I Have Filled Out All Of The Paperwork?
Once you have filled out all of the paperwork above, you will take your Family Court Cover Sheet, Petition for Name Change, Notice of Petition for Name Change and the Declaration and file it with the clerk at the Eighth Judicial District Court, Family Division.
Don't forget that there is a filing fee of $270 in Clark County for name changes.
Once the publication period is over, the newspaper will send you an Affidavit of Publication. You will need to file the Affidavit of Publication with the Court before the judge will sign the name change order.
File your Request for Summary Disposition and submit your Order for Name Change to the judge assigned to your case.
The judge will review all of the paperwork you have filed and decide whether or not to grant the name change.
If the name change is granted, you will receive a signed Order for Name Change back from the judge. This document must be filed as this is what makes the name change official.
If the judge doesn't grant the name change, the judge may instruct you to follow additional steps, file additional paperwork or attend a hearing to ask questions about the name change.