I dis own my extented family due to verbal abuse. I love my parents who carry the same last name as mine but I don't want to carry the name of my grandfather. I want my last name to be Payton after the late great Walter payton since he is the one I looked up too as a child due to his character. I want a fresh start from my past since I have my own child coming soon. Do I need a lawyer to do this or is this something I can do on my own. I'm just tight on money do to a baby coming but will pay if I have too
You can try it. Take the time to learn everything that goes into it. You can make it a sort of hobby to learn all you need to know.
Good luck. I wish you the best.
You can try to do a name change yourself-good luck.
If you fail-hire an attorney to assist you.
The answer given does not imply that an attorney-client relationship has been established and your best course of action is to have legal representation in this matter.
You can change your own name by filing the proper petition with the court. Assuming you are an adult, it is not diffcult and no notice needs to be given to a parent. This is not a power of attorney issue as indicated in your subject matter but there really isn't an appropriate tag. Check the Cook County Clerk website. There may be forms online there.
You can see here, for starters: http://www.illinoislegalaid.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.dsp_content&contentID=5117#a=questions
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