Do I need to be in court the day of my daughter’s name change or is that just for someone who wishes to contest it?

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Do I need to be in court the day of my daughter’s name change or is that just for someone who wishes to contest it?

I am having my daughters last name changed. The paper I have from the court was not clear about my participation the day of the name change hearing. Do I need to be there or not?

Asked on January 10, 2012 under Estate Planning, Massachusetts

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Generally speaking, if you are the one that has filed the proceeding in court the you need to appear on the day that the matter comes up on the court calendar or the courts generally dismiss the case.  Now, that may not be the case with something like a name change but I would not take the chance in any event.  Appear.  Good luck.


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