How can I have my name legally changed in Ontario and how can a lawyer assist with this?

In Ontario, you can legally change your name by following the Name Change Act. Here are the steps you need to take:

  1. Fill out the Name Change Application Form: You can get this form from the ServiceOntario website or any ServiceOntario Centre. You will need to provide information such as your current name, your desired new name, and the reason for the name change.
  2. Gather Supporting Documents: You will need to provide identification documents such as your birth certificate, passport, or driver’s license.
  3. Submit Your Application: You can submit your application in person at any ServiceOntario Centre. There is a fee for the name change.
  4. Wait for Approval: It can take several weeks for your name change application to be approved. Once it is approved, you will receive a legal name change certificate.

A lawyer can assist with this process by providing legal advice on the name change application, helping to fill out the application form, and ensuring that all supporting documents are in order. A lawyer can also assist with any legal issues that may arise from the name change, such as updating legal documents and contracts with your new name. If you are changing your name due to marriage, divorce, or adoption, a lawyer can also assist with the legal process related to those changes. If you have any questions, please contact us at or 1-877-892-7778.

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