Name Change

People desire to legally change their names or those of their children for countless reasons.

Some examples include an adult adoption, a mother’s wish that she and her child share the same surname, couples wanting a hyphenated surname for themselves or their children, and a first or last name that is frequently misspelled or mispronounced.

A name change in Pennsylvania is not a matter of simply filling out a form. It may involve such steps as petitioning the court, fingerprinting, judgment checks, publication, and a hearing in front of a judge. Different counties may have additional requirements.

Caroline Vodzak is an experienced lawyer who helps Pennsylvanians through the name change process. If you are interested in changing your name or the name of your minor child, please fill out the contact form to the right, or call, to schedule a free consultation.