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History of Name Change Procedure in Massachusetts Posted on Nov 2

“It is well settled that at common law a person may change his name at will, without resort to legal proceedings, by merely adopting another name, provided that this is done for an honest purpose.” from Merolevitz, Petitioner, 320 Mass. 448 (1946). Today, the law that gives   …Continue Reading History of Name Change Procedure in Massachusetts

Transgender People and Amended Birth Certificates Posted on Aug 26

Massachusetts law was amended effective August 1, 2015, so that a person can request an amended birth certificate after “completion of medical intervention for the purpose of permanent sex reassignment.” Previously, the law had required the completion of “sex reassignment surgery.”  The new law is St.   …Continue Reading Transgender People and Amended Birth Certificates