NAME CHANGE

LEGAL PRACTICE IN THE PROBATE COURT

Legal practice in the Probate Court is restricted by law to attorneys who are licensed by the Supreme Court of Ohio. If an individual wishes to handle his or her own case, he or she may do so; however, they may not represent others. Due to the complexity of the law and the desire to avoid costly errors, most individuals who have filings before the Court are represented by an attorney. Deputy clerks are prevented by law from practicing law and, therefore, are not permitted to give advice.

Change of Name forms can be prepared and filed by an Attorney or they can be prepared and filed by the Applicant.

HOW DO I APPLY TO CHANGE MY NAME?

The Applicant wishing to change their name must be 18 years of age and must have resided in Sandusky County for one year prior to making the application with Sandusky County Probate Court.

Forms must be typed. The Sandusky County Law Library has these forms available to the public or you can obtain them from the Ohio Supreme Court. If it is determined by the Court that the form is not prepared correctly the filing may be dismissed by the Court, in which you may forfeit your deposit. SEARCH HERE for the cost of a Name Change filing.

For Applicants with a Spouse and/or Children: Please note that if you are changing your last name this does not automatically change the last name(s) of your Spouse and/or children, each person will need to apply to change their name in a separate application (an Application for Name Change for a Minor is available).

ADULT NAME CHANGE

A certified copy of your birth certificate along with completion of the following forms is required: (1) 21.0 - Application for Change of Name of Adult (2) 21.1 - Judgement Entry Change of Name of Adult and (3) Ohio Court Network Background Check. Be sure to read these forms in its entirety and complete all of the blank spaces EXCEPT the following:

Once the forms are filed with the Court; the notice of hearing on Change of Name must run in a newspaper of general circulation, 30 days prior to the scheduled informal hearing. The applicant is responsible for publication and payment of publication. Proof of publication should be returned to the Court prior to the informal hearing.

The hearing for a Change of Name for an adult is an informal hearing and the applicant does not need to appear before the Court. The day of the informal hearing; if all paperwork is in good order the assigned clerk will put the Judgment Entry up for the Judge’s signature, and notify the Applicant once it has been signed.

You may use any newspaper of general circulation you choose. For local publications – Fremont News Messenger Contact Info: Phone: (419) 334-1069, Email: mncolegals@gannett.com or Fax: (419) 521-7269.

Any remaining Court Costs not covered in the deposit will be due before the hearing or at the time the applicant picks up their certified copies of the Judgment Entry.

It is suggested that the Applicant get two certified copies, one for their records and one to send to the Department of Health in the State that they were born. SEARCH HERE for the cost of a certified copy.

The Application for Change of Name does NOT change the Birth Certificate. It is only an attachment to the Birth Certificate (applicant is responsible for sending a certified copy of the Judgment Entry to the Department of Vital Statistics in the State they were born). For Ohio births mail to: Ohio Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 15098, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

HOW DO I APPLY TO CHANGE A MINOR’S NAME?

The Applicant wishing to change their child’s name must be 18 years of age and must have resided in Sandusky County for one year prior to making the application with Sandusky County Probate Court.

A certified copy of the minor’s birth certificate must accompany the Application for Change of Name of Minor. An application for Change of Name may be made on behalf of a minor by either of the minor’s Parent, a Legal Guardian or a Guardian ad Litem. When an application is made on behalf of a minor in addition to notice given by publication in a newspaper of general circulation, consent of both living, legal parents is required.

Forms must be typed. The Sandusky County Law Library has these forms available to the public or you can obtain them from the Ohio Supreme Court. If it is determined by the Court that the form is not prepared correctly the filing may be dismissed by the Court, in which you may forfeit your deposit. SEARCH HERE for the cost of a Name Change filing.

MINOR NAME CHANGE

You are required to complete the following forms: (1) 21.2 - Application for Change of Name of Minor (2) 21.3 - Judgement Entry Change of Name of Minor and (3) 21.4 - Consent to Change of Name (4) Ohio Court Network Background Check. Be sure to read these forms in its entirety and complete all of the blank spaces EXCEPT the following:

Once the forms are filed with the Court; the notice of hearing on Change of Name must run in a newspaper of general circulation, 30 days prior to the scheduled hearing. The applicant is responsible for publication and payment of publication. Proof of publication should be returned to the Court prior to the hearing.

You may use any newspaper of general circulation you choose. For local publications – Fremont News Messenger Contact Info: Phone: (419) 334-1069, Email: mncolegals@gannett.com or Fax: (419) 521-7269.

The hearing for a Change of Name for a Minor is a formal hearing and the applicant and minor child need to appear before the Court on the scheduled hearing date.

Any remaining Court Costs not covered in the deposit will be due before the hearing.

It is suggested that the Applicant get two certified copies, one for their records and one to send to the Department of Health in the State that the minor was born. SEARCH HERE for the cost of a certified copy.

The Application for Change of Name does NOT change the Birth Certificate. It is only an attachment to the Birth Certificate (applicant is responsible for sending a certified copy of the Judgment Entry to the Department of Vital Statistics in the State the minor was born). For Ohio births mail to: Ohio Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, P.O. Box 15098, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

FORMS

The Supreme Court of Ohio has developed Standard Probate Forms to assist in a CHANGE OF NAME filing. If you would like to use their forms SEARCH HERE.

In addition to the Standard Probate Forms located on the Supreme Court website, Sandusky County Probate Court has developed a local form to assist in a CHANGE OF NAME filing as follows:

OCN Background Check Name Change

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