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What’s in a Name?

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What’s in a name? Quite a bit, considering the number of people who legally change their names in the United States each year. Many choose to change their names after a marriage or divorce; still others decide to do so because they simply do not like the name their parents gave them at birth.

Once the decision to change their name is made many people are at a loss for how to get started. Although details of the requirements for a legal name change vary by state, in general the procedure is much the same. In fact, the common law Read More

Utah Ahead of the Curve in Online Access to Statewide Court Records

In any given state, you could typically expect to find maybe one or two statewide court records databases online. Utah is unusual in offering five different means to search court records online. This means easier, faster access to various trial court records, and CourtReference offers links to all of them from its Utah Court Case Records Search page.

Although in other states you may be able to search court records through a particular county‚Äôs resource, statewide resources offer the advantage of being able to search for cases even if you do not know the county where the case was heard. … Read More

Online Help for FOIA and Government Records

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In a March 13, 2007 article entitled “Getting Your Government Files,” US News and World Report describes several resources for access to government records via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA):

For general requests:

“an easy-to-use FOI letter generator.”

For an individual’s files:

“relevant forms from the Freedom of Information Center.”

For open meetings and other open records:

“The Reporters Committee has a handy guide.”

Another resource related to FOIA is Governmentdocs.org, an online service that offers “an unprecedented level of access to government documents by allowing users to browse, search, … Read More