My wife wants to change her first name to initials.
Your wife will have to appear in court to testify briefly about the name change, but you need not be present for that, and the rest can be done through an attorney. She will need to get fingerprinted for a background check.
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Depending on where she lives, she might not have to go downtown, but she will have to to a bit of travel. A lawyer is a good idea when doing name changes, but they can't do everything. She is going to have to appear personally in court.
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