Limited Scope Representation for Name Change
As any experienced LSR name change lawyer Arlington, TX residents trust will tell you, there may come a point in time where a client wants to change their name of the name of their child. Changing of name can be because a person feels they are more suited to be a Jack rather than a Dan or people have known the individual as a certain name and have never gone by their given birth name. The only way to change your name legally is to have a court order authorizing the name change. Changing your name can either be a very smooth process or a complicated one depending on your circumstances. The court will require that certain items be completed prior to granting a name change. Limited scope representation for Name Change is the avenue to use to get an attorney to help you through specific areas of the process.
What options are included in limited scope representation for Name change?
Potential clients have the option to choose any of the following for a tailored limited scope representation with their LSR name change lawyer in Arlington, TX.
- Drafting the Petition. The Petition is the pleading that gets the Name change process started. The information required for the Petition will be gathered by the client so that the attorney can sufficiently review the information and apply it appropriately to the petition. An attorney will obtain all the documents needed to draft petition for your case and will only draft the petition after reviewing all correspondence and pleadings provided by the client. We make every effort to get every pleading correct on the first try however if there are revisions needed we include two free revisions. The fee for the drafting is a flat fee.
- Reviewing. Some clients have already drafted all of their documents or have documents that need to be reviewed prior to filing or signing. An attorney will review all documents from the client and provide written advice after analyzing the documentation. The fee for the reviewing is hourly and the client can reserve as many hours as needed for the attorney to review the documents in their case.
Do I need to have a criminal history check completed?
Yes, you will need to have your criminal history checked by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). You will have to have fingerprint cards completed and sent to the respective agencies so that your criminal history can be checked. The fee for the fingerprint cards, fingerprinting, and criminal history check is separate from any fees you apply to the Limited scope representation. The attorney assigned to your case will give you the information you need to get your criminal history check completed.
Can I change my name to anything I want?
Generally, clients have some latitude with changing their names. However, it should be noted that names that have a potential to incite violence such as offensive or racial slurs will more than likely be rejected. Names that cause confusion or names that are numerals also have a high chance of being rejected. Ultimately, if you are changing your name you should have a good reason for doing so.
I want to change my child’s name; do I need to notify the other parent?
Yes, in Texas you must send notice of the petition to the other parent when you are attempting to change the name of a child. If the other parent agrees with the name change then the process will be a smooth one. If the other parent does not agree to the name change then you will have to have a contested hearing as to what is in the best interest of the child.
Once my name change is granted is that it?
There are several steps you have to take with government agencies to ensure that your name is changed. The court order authorizes you to get your name change but does not automatically change your name with agencies such as Social Security Administration, Texas Department of Public Safety (driver licensing) etc. You will have to notify the agencies on your own to ensure your name is changed with those agencies.
What if there is an attorney representing the other parent?
Limited scope representation does not prevent you from talking with the attorney representing the other parent. In fact, in a limited scope representation you are responsible for all aspects of your case not covered by the limited scope representation. The attorney assigned on your limited scope representation agreement will not be speaking with the attorney representing the other parent however, you are free to speak about the interactions in the planning stage while you and the attorney are formulating a strategy and determining trial tactics.
What if I want full representation later on?
Limited scope representation does not stop a client from obtaining full representation from the attorney assigned to their case. Sometimes, cases become too much to handle for a particular client. One of the great aspects about limited scope representation is you can change to full representation if any aspect of your case gets too much to handle. Another aspect is the attorney will already have knowledge about your particular matter and will be in a better position to represent you if full representation is needed. Ultimately, limited scope representation allows the client to budget their legal expenses and enables the client to figure out where they need the attorney to help them out the most.
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What is the next step to take full advantage of limited scope representation for Name change?
Call 800-958-4948 or contact us online to schedule a free in office consultation with a LSR name change lawyer Arlington, TX residents count on. Once your consultation is scheduled ensure that you have everything you need to be prepared for the consultation. You will want to gather all of your documents that you have filed or received from the court. Make an outline of the particular questions you have for the attorney and/or the issues in your case. Bring all of that information to your consultation so that you can get the most out of your consultation. The more information you have to share with the attorney, the easier it is for you and the attorney to come up with a limited scope representation that fits your needs.