Pro Bono Client Finds Comfort in Identity Through Name Change Project

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette featured an article highlighting the Name Change Project and its role in helping  local transgender individuals legally change their name to one that is consistent with their gender.  Obtaining a name change is not a particularly complex procedure, but many individuals do not have the necessary resources to undertake the process alone – not to mention the comfort that having an attorney involved adds to the process, reports the article.

In the words of Alice Millage – whose name change Buchanan attorneys Maureen Cohon, Kate Paine and Bridget Daley helped obtain –  “Getting a name change ‘would’ve been a lot harder, definitely,’ without the project. ‘Having to do all of the paperwork and documents by myself would have been stressful for me and would have cost more money.’”

The article reports that the Name Change Project has already assisted in 1,700 name changes nationally and sees a “very strong demand for services in Pittsburgh.”

Read more about the project here.

The Name Change Project provides free legal name change services to transgender people through partnerships with some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms and corporate law departments. For many transgender people, securing a legal name change is an important step toward making their legal identities match their lived experience. A lack of appropriate identity documents can deter people from applying for jobs, school, and public benefits, and can lead to discrimination. But securing a legal name change can be a challenging experience, involving interaction with the court system and judges that is foreign to many people. By providing people with adequate legal representation, we work to ensure that people successfully complete the process and move forward with their lives. For more information, visit http://www.transgenderlegal.org.

 

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