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This section of PALawHelp.org has information and resources about Name Change issues in Pennsylvania..

  • Changing Your Name

    MidPenn Legal Services provides information and a self-help packet for changing your name in Pennsylvania. The packet of forms is available in PDF format below. Read More

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    MidPenn Legal Services
  • How to Change Your Name

    This guide from the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project is intended to provide information that will allow those wishing to change their names to do so without the need for an attorney. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project
  • Name Change in PA for Adults

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services providing an overview of the procedure in changing an adult's name in Pennsylvania. Content Detail

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Name Change in PA for Minor Children

    Information from Northwestern Legal Services providing an overview of the procedure in changing a minor child's name in Pennsylvania. Content Detail

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    Northwestern Legal Services
  • Change of Name

    Information from the Erie County Bar Association on the legal issues related to changing your name Content Detail

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    Erie County Bar Association
  • Erie County: Name Change Procedure

    This is a self-help guide from the Erie County Court of Common Pleas on the procedure to change your name. [PDF] Content Detail

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    Erie County Court of Common Pleas
  • How do I change or correct my name on my Social Security Card?

    Social Security answers your questions about changing your name on your Social Security card. Content Detail

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    Social Security Administration
  • Custody - Myths & Facts

    Information from MidPenn Legal Services on the true facts regarding child custody law. Read More

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    MidPenn Legal Services
  • How to File a Petition to Proceed In Forma Pauperis

    This video from Laurel Legal Services provides an explanation of what In Forma Pauperis is - a request to file legal papers without having to pay the filing fee because you cannot afford to pay the fees - and line-by-line instructions on completing a petition to request permission to proceed without paying filing fees. Read More

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    Laurel Legal Services, Inc.
  • Lehigh County: Name Change - Self Help Center of the Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas

    The Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas provides this informational section for reference and research purposes. This section explains the basic forms and steps needed to legally change your name and/or the name(s) of your minor child(ren). A person must petition the court for a name change, and the court can then decide whether or not to grant it. Content Detail

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    Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas
  • Local Forms and Self-Help Information

    For local forms and information for your county, click the title to see the SELF-HELP FORMS AND INFORMATION sub-topic. Counties are listed alphabetically after some generally applicable forms or you can set your location on the page to see only forms applicable for that location. Content Detail

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    PALawHELP.org
  • PA Courts Public Access Policy - Filing Requirements in the Courts (Video)

    Effective on January 6, 2018, a new Public Access Policy is in effect in Pennsylvania Courts. This policy imposes requirements on anyone filing court documents in the trial and appellate courts to safeguard information in the documents they file. The Pennsylvania Courts have released this series of videos that explain the judiciary’s new policy for protecting confidential information and the required steps you must take to protect that information when filing documents in the courts. Content Detail

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    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • Petition to Proceed In Forma Pauperis

    Costs to record, or “file” documents such as the complaint, vary from the type of document, or pleading, to the county in which you begin your case. Some court filing costs may be in the hundreds of dollars. If you cannot afford to pay these fees to the court, you will need to complete this form, In Forma Pauperis, a Latin term, referring to someone who cannot pay. Read More

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    Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts
  • Petition to Waive Court Costs

    Click the document title to be linked to LawHelp Interactive where you can prepare a Petition to Waive Court Fees which can be used to ask the Pennsylvania Court for permission to file legal papers for free. This form can be used in most types of court cases in Pennsylvania. Approval to waive fees is not automatic. You will need to ask the Court to approve your Petition. Instructions will be included. PLEASE NOTE: This is NOT a fill-in-the-blank form; you will need to answer questions while connected to the Internet. IMPORTANT: To use this form, you must use Internet Explorer as your browser and Microsoft Word to print your documents. Read More

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    North Penn Legal Services