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How long does it take to legally change your name in Indiana? Can I start using my new name once I have filed the papers?

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I am starting a new job and want to change my name legally? If I file the papers with the court and there is no forseeable reason the name change would not be granted, can I use the new name on job-related documents?

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You cannot begin using your new name once you have filed the papers. There are several steps that must be completed to complete a name change and it will take a minimum of 60 days to legally change your name.

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You cannot legally use the name until the judge grants the name change petition. After you file the case, publication must be made in the newspaper and a hearing in court is held, so generally, it takes about 3-4 months.

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