(Closed) Help – Attorney Changing her Name!

posted 6 years ago in Names
Post # 3
2425 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I don’t know anything about your Law licenses, but changing your name on a car title is super easy in NY, and it was free. It was on the same form as changing registration. I changed my name on registration and titles just because I figured it was easier so everything matched the new ID.

As far as when your name change is official, it depends. Some places required SS card to change name in their system, some made me wait until I got my new drivers license, so there is a weird in-between period.

Sorry I can’t be more help!

ETA: try the Names or Legal boards under Not Wedding Related maybe?

Post # 4
231 posts
Helper bee

I’m an attorney licensed in NY. I had to send a notarized name change petition to the appellate division that admitted me to practice with a copy of my marriage license. They sent a letter confirming the name change on the roll of attorneys, which I had to include with my biennial registration & dues. I’m not admitted to any other jurisdictions or other particular courts, so I don’t know how that changes anything. I did it after I had already changed my name with social security and the DMV (on license, registration and title all on same trip to the DMV – very easy). 

As far as socially goes, I just changed the nameion Facebook and the name on my email account (so that emails show from Firstname NewLastName instead of FirstName MaidenName. 

Post # 5
954 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m an attorney and I am keeping my maiden name to avoid the drama.  BUT I’m changing it socially, on fb and on email, etc., so that my fiance gets all of the pride in me changing my last name, but i don’t need any of the hassle.  That said, I’m the opposite: I have an ethnic lat name that no one can pronounce, but it really marks my heritage (German) and I want to keep it for that.  FI is half German; half Italian, and his last name is Italian…I am not.  Our kids will have his last name.

Post # 6
632 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I was considering keeping my maiden name for work (I’m a British lawyer) but I’m thinking of going the whole hog and changing it in its entirety to my married name 

Post # 7
785 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I don’t think I’ve gotten any announcements from a lawyer that there has been a name change.  I’ve seen other people just put in their email signature: “FirstName NewLastName (Formerly OldLastName)” They do that for a few months and then just use their new name.


Post # 8
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I’m in a different state, so I can’t say for sure, but I fully changed my last name, but my car is still regisered to my maiden name. I went in to change it, and the lady said that until it’s paid off, I would have to have a note with permission from my lender to change the name on my title/add my husband. I would also have had to pay to re-register the car (and I had just done it one month before). So, I asked if there was a problem leaving it in my maiden name and carrying a copy of my marriage license in my glove box, and she said “nope.” I’m paying off my car before registering it this year, at which point I will change my name and add my husband. 

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