My family has a strange tradition of having people go by their middle names. Hence, my first name is something I was never intended to be called.
I started calling myself A. Lynn3tt3 C00k (numbers used to fool search engines) in high school, and even got the DMV and the Social Security office to start calling me that.
I’ve had telemarketers call to talk to A, or AL. I’ve had computer forms call me Alynnette. I’ve even had junk mail come to me as Alynn3tt3 A. C00k.
The A confuses people and computers, and now that I’m married, I decided it’s time to drop the A when I changed my last name.
I was told to start the name change process with Social Security. They didn’t have a problem with dropping the A.
Then I went to the DMV, who told me it would take a court order to drop the A. But after waiting in the hellaciously long DMV line, I went ahead and got my new license as A. Lynn3tt3 B3llin.
So now, I am Lynnette Cook Bellin to the Social Security people, and A. Lynn3tt3 B3llin to the DMV. And I think this is really going to screw things up for me.
I called the court house to ask about the proceedure for getting a court order. I was told to find out myself by reading the Nevada Revised Statutes. After searching the damn statutes for 30 minutes, I’m no closer to knowing how to get the court order without calling an attorney.
Sorry, Mom and Dad, but this going by your middle name tradition will be ending with me. Somehow, some way I’m dropping the A, and I’ve decided just now not to pass the Curse of the A on to any of my children.
And no, I’m not pregnant. I’ve already been asked that question upon the return from our honeymoon. WE HAVEN’T EVEN BEEN MARRIED THREE WEEKS, PEOPLE!
Holy crap. The name change information from the court is 18 pages long. Here is the process:
Sign the Petition and the Verifications attached to the Petition in the presence of a Notary Public.
1. Make three copies of the Petition after it is signed and Notarized and staple the copies in “sets”. All the original pages in one “set” and the copies, pages 1 – 4 make up each other “set”.
2. Fill out, sign and date the “Civil Cover Sheet”.
3. Do not fill out the NOTICE, but make three copies of the NOTICE.
4. Take the Civil Cover Sheet, the Petition and the copies of the Petition and the Notice and the copies of the Notice to the Filing Clerk’s Office at 75 Court Street, Reno, Nevada, with your
5. The Clerk will file stamp the original Petition and the copies. The clerk will keep the original Petition and give you back the file stamped copies.
6. The Clerk will fill in the information on the NOTICE and the copies of the NOTICE, file stamp them, keep the original and give you the file stamped copies back.
7. AT THIS TIME, DO NOT FILE THE DOCUMENTS TITLED PROOF OF
PUBLICATION, REQUEST FOR SUBMISSION AND ORDER.
8. Take the NOTICE to the newspaper to have it published one time a week for three consecutive weeks.
9. At this time, take a few minutes and fill in the Case No. and Dept. No. that has been assigned to your case on all the other documents you have. Everything in this case must be identified
by that Case No. and Dept. No.
10. At the end of the three weeks publication, the newspaper will mail a “Proof of Publication” to you which will be an Affidavit and a copy of the published Notice. This is then attached to the Proof of Service sheet that is included in this set of documents. Make two copies of the Proof of Service cover sheet and the attached Proof of Publication and file it with the Filing Clerk at 75 Court Street, Reno.
11. Ten days from the last date the Notice appeared in the paper, you may “submit” the case for review and decision by the Judge. To do this, sign the Request for Submission and make two copies of it. Make THREE (3) OR MORE COPIES OF THE ORDER. YOU MAY WANT MORE THAN ONE COPY FOR FUTURE RECORDS. THIS IS THE TIME TO MAKE THEM.
12. Take the Request For Submission and the copies of the Request and the Order and copies of the Order to the Filing Clerk. The Clerk will file in the Request For Submission, keep the original and give you back the copies. These are for your records. The Clerk will keep all
of the Orders for the Judge’s signature.
13. The Judge will usually sign the Order within a week or ten (10) days. The Court may notify you that the Order has been signed, HOWEVER, sometimes, the Judge signs the Order and,
for whatever reason, you are not notified that the Order has been signed. It is up to you to keep track of your documents within the Court process and when asking about the documents, you must always have the Case No. and Dept. No. ready for whoever is assisting
14. It is wise to get at least three (3) “certified copies” of the Order. The orders you brought in with the Request for Submission can be certified and should be in the file. These “certified” copies are necessary for such things as school records, Social Security name change, etc.
Are you kidding me?! I just want to drop the A. At this point, the A is winning. I guess I could hire a lawyer to do the above listed beurocratic nonsense, but for right now, I’ll just sit here and fume.