Is it legal for me to give my last name to my girlfriend if we are not married? 34 Answers as of May 22, 2013

I changed my girlfriend’s last name on welfare document, is it legal?

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Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq.
Law & Mediation Office of Jeffrey L. Pollock, Esq. | Jeffrey Lawrence Pollock
It is not legal to go by an alias; you must get a court order to change your name legally.
Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania
Replied: 9/7/2012
Law Office of Richard Williams
Law Office of Richard Williams | Richard Williams
If your girlfriend has assumed your last name you may be married (common law).
Answer Applies to: Alabama
Replied: 9/7/2012
Hamblin Law Office | Sally Hamblin
Why would you do that? If you are trying to hide something from the government then yes it is. Legally, that is not her name.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 9/7/2012
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
If they are of legal age, anyone can change there name to anything they want, as long as the name change is not to hide from creditors. You do not say your ages, but I wonder why your girlfriend would want to do this. There is also a lot that goes with changing ones name: change of license (notify DOL); change of name to IRS , social security number, etc. I would give serious thought before doing this. It is interesting that you both want to do this, but you don't want to get married.
Answer Applies to: Washington
Replied: 9/7/2012
Law Office of Phillip Weiser
Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
Not without her acquiescing to the mane change.
Answer Applies to: Kansas
Replied: 9/7/2012
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    No. Unless her name has been legally changed you cannot represent her to be your spouse on legal documents.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    Of course not. You changed her surname in order to fool welfare into thinging that you are married. You are comitting fraud.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    Myles Hahn III Attorney at Law | Myles Hahn III
    Persons can often select their choice of name, providing that it is not to defraud someone. There are exceptions. Seek advice from an attorney who has handled "welfare documents" regarding that issue. It does not sound like a good idea to alter such documents.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    The Law Offices of Stephen L. Richards | Stephen L. Richards
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 5/22/2013
    Steven Alpers | Steven Alpers
    You cannot change her name she may be able to do so as long as she is not trying to steal someone's identity, avoid bills, or defraud someone. She cannot get an id in that name without a marriage license.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    The Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC
    The Zwiebel Law Firm, LLC | Elizabeth Zwiebel
    In Alabama, you may be construed to be common law married if you do this.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC
    Musilli Brennan Associates PLLC | John F Brennan
    While you have a right to call or to refer yourself by any name you choose, governmental papers should be in your "legal name" and therefore the changing of the name on a welfare document may be problematical. She can LEGALLY change her name by doing so in the local probate court. It also could be accomplished by marriage.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    Your girlfriend can petition the district court for a name change. It is perfectly legal as long as the name change is not intended for any fraudulent purpose.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    Michael S. Edwards, Attorney at Law, PLLC | Mike Edwards
    No.
    Answer Applies to: Utah
    Replied: 5/22/2013
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Nope, absolutely illegal.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 9/7/2012
    Mary W Craig P.C. | Mary W Craig
    You technically may be guilty of welfare fraud. In common law states, if your girlfriend uses your last name and you represent to people, such as a government agency, that you are husband and wife, you may be more married than you think. If you lied to the government about your girlfriend in order to get more benefits, or something else of value from the government, then you are guilty of fraud.
    Answer Applies to: Alabama
    Replied: 9/7/2012
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