Gevurtz Menashe

PDX 503.227.1515
WA 360.823.0410

Legal Name Change

Serving Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA

Looking to Change Your Name or Gender?

The decision to change one’s name is not a small one. The process can be full of intricacies and variation and have a significant impact on daily life.

Regardless of what’s compelling you or your loved one’s name change, or what complexities are involved, we can assist. We’re well versed name change lawyers and can help ensure nothing’s overlooked. Your Gevurtz Menashe name change lawyer will guide you through the process with care and expertise.

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Why Change Your Name?

Names are very personal and people decide to alter their legal names for a host of reasons. Common motivators include:

  • Change in marital status
  • Assuming a new gender identity
  • Safety or privacy concerns
  • Personal preference
  • Cultural or religious affiliation
  • Career or professional needs

It’s Not Just Your Name That Changes

A legal name change often necessitates updating a lot of other official records. Among the items that you might need to address are:

  • Driver's license or state ID
  • Passport
  • Social Security
  • Voter registration
  • Bank accounts
  • Credit cards
  • Insurance policies
  • Estate documents
  • Titles and deeds
  • Leases and mortgages
  • Employment records
  • School and educational records

Gevurtz Menashe Will Guide You Every Step of the Way

Formally changing your name is actually a multi-part process. There are important nuances based on factors like age, location, and situation.

If you opt to change your name, your best bet is to check with a family law attorney who has specific experience in these matters. Your name change attorney will be able to give you detailed and personalized guidance.
An experienced lawyer can also help you prepare the forms properly. They will be able to anticipate and address any difficulties that might arise and overcome them so your petition continues to progress.

Why We’re the #1 Choice for Legal Name & Gender Changes

Clients choose Gevurtz Menashe for their legal name change cases for a range of reasons.


“I cannot say enough wonderful things about GM. I worked closely with Shawn and Tiffany during my time as a client. Their knowledge, compassion, guidance and support was nothing short of exemplary. Their confidence and unwavering dedication to helping my children and me is something I am so grateful for. Every email and meeting was executed with thoughtful consideration of my individual situation. They proved to have a comprehensive understanding of potential interstate complications, and navigated them seamlessly. Each person from reception, to assistant, to attorney showed unparalleled professionalism. I left every meeting feeling empowered. Their dedication to me as a client did not end when my divorce/custody case was concluded. I was referred to Stephan who helped me in the next phase which was to reconstruct on a financial level- establishing trusts, directives, sale of properties, titles etc. I can say with certainty that having GM in my corner was the best decision I could’ve made.”
-Carlin Davis



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Start Your Name Change Today!

The Gevurtz Menashe family law team has been assisting clients with legal matters, such as name changes, for over thirty years. In addition, we offer expert estate planning and family creation services. To find out more or to get started, please reach out to us and schedule a consultation at our office in Portland (503-227-1515) or Vancouver (360-823-0410).