Albany Lawyers/Attorneys: Legal Name Changes

The law provides a right for people to select their names as long as the name change is not being done for fraudulent purposes.  There are many reasons why you may want to change your name.  Some reasons include the following:

  • Your legal documents may not match (which is required to obtain your enhanced license)
  • You may be the victim of domestic violence
  • You may wish to pay tribute to someone or something
  • You may not like the way your name sounds
  • You may be named after someone you do not want to be associated with
  • You may have had a falling out with your family
  • You may have had a sex change
  • You may identify as other than what your name signifies
  • You may feel that your name has a stigma to it

In order to obtain a name change you will need to petition the Court in the County in which you reside and provide a copy of your birth certificate.  If the Court grants the application, you will then need to file it in the County Clerk’s Office and obtain certified copies.  If there are safety concerns, this office can advocate for the record to be sealed.

Parents of a child can petition for name changes for their child. If only one parent is petitioning the Court, the other parent must consent or proper notice must be given to the non-petitioning parent.  If that parent objects our office is prepared to argue to the court that there is no reasonable basis to deny the change. We will do our best to illuminate the court why the name change is in the best interests of the child and should be granted.

Regardless of the reason you want to change your name, the attorneys at Rhoades, Cunningham & McFadden, PLLC can assist you with changing your name in a smooth and timely fashion.  Please call (518) 389-2900 and will discuss your name change request at no charge.

Several Testimonials From Our Clients…

“Karen Rhoades is an exceptional divorce attorney and I would highly recommend her services to anyone in need of them. She and her team were incredibly professional and they did a great job of explaining and facilitating the process. Karen meets you wherever you are to explain your options and present you with ideas based upon her knowledge and experience. My divorce was more amicable than many and Karen did a terrific job respecting the mediation process I was using. Divorce is never easy, but Karen takes what can be a complicated process and creates a streamlined one. Karen and her co-workers are easy to talk with and are always looking out for your best interest.”

Susan B., Clifton Park NY

“Regarding attorney John McFadden:  Exceptional lawyer, was able to successfully get me out of some trouble I never imagined could have happened. Highly recommended!”


“I had a complicated and emotional legal matter with my ex.  John [McFadden] was there every step of the way fighting for my rights.  I am glad I had John on my side.”

M.M., Latham NY

“I felt my divorce would go on forever before I hired Attorney Rhoades. She was incredibly professional, returned my calls and emails promptly and always explained my case and my options to me in detail. In the long run I was able to get everything I was asking for and more! Karen was always prepared, was a strong advocate and always spoke with knowledge about my case. Thank you so much Karen for the great job you did!! You’re professionalism, courteous attitude and willingness to fight for my rights should not go unnoticed!!”

K. F., Saratoga Springs NY

“Professional, focused, knowledgeable and trustworthy”

Repeat Client

“After calling several attorneys in the area for advice, I found Mr. McFadden and received a free consultation and his fee was very reasonable. he is very knowledgeable on the laws and rights of people charged with drug offenses.”


“Dan Cunningham my divorce two years ago.  He did a great job and I refer him to all my friends.  This firm is the best!”

L.C., East Greenbush NY

“My experience with Karen [Rhoades] was exceptional. I was going through a pretty tough time in my life when I contacted her office and her knowledge and experience in the law was like a breath of fresh air during this rough time. I would recommend her to anyone with a legal problem.”

Sandra, Albany NY

“I can’t say enough about this firm.  They were thoroughly professional, knowledgeable and lead me through a tough divorce.  Highly recommended.”