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Changing Your Name

Deciding to change your name is an extraordinarily personal decision and the team at Ramsdens Solicitors is here to help you navigate the complex minefield of understanding how how to change your name, and the process of doing so.

To get the process started, give our Yorkshire-based team a call on 01484 821 500 or fill out our online enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch.

Formally changing your name

The family team at Ramsdens Solicitors make changing your name a straightforward process. We will prepare a “Change of Name Deed” that includes the following important legal declarations:

  • You will abandon your previous name
  • Use of your new name at all times from the date of the Change of Name Deed
  • Use of your new name as a form of address
  • Relinquish using your former name in all documents and will be known by and use your new name going forward

How much do we charge?

We charge a very competitive rate of £125 plus VAT to process your Change of Name Deed. The fee is due at your very first meeting with Ramsdens Solicitors and covers the cost of drafting the deed, your copies of the deed, and having it witnessed.

Process behind changing your name

Our experienced and knowledgeable team make changing your name a quick and painless process. The process includes:

  • You will need to attend an initial appointment to inform us what your name is now and what you wish to change it to
  • We will then draft your Change of Name Deed, ready for your second appointment with our family team
  • In your second appointment, you will receive a copy of your Change of Name Deed. When you are satisfied with everything, we will have two witnesses to sign the deed with you. When you sign, you will need to do so in both your new and old names
  • Ramsdens will provide you with the original Change of Name Deed and two certified copies
  • You have the option of registering your name afterwards in the Enrolment Books of the Supreme Court of Judicature, housed in the Strand, London
  • Registering provides a public record of your name change. It is also published in the London Gazette and the total cost for registering is £102

Changing a child’s name

Our team can also prepare Deeds to change a child's name. Unlike other Change of Name Deeds, all people with parental responsibility must consent to their child’s change of name.

If all persons with parental responsibility do not consent, it will be necessary to make an Application to the court for a Specific Issue Order to change the child's name. The court will grant this if they feel that it is in the child's best interests for the name to be change.

If the court grants an order, the court order can be provided as evidence that the child's name has been changed.

Contact Us

Call our family helpline on 08000 147720, send us an email or text LAW to 67777 to book a free information session at any of our offices. We also offer early morning and late evening appointments across our offices.