I heard a wonderful story from a client this week who had decided to propose to his girlfriend after he carried her “over the threshold” in to the new home they had just bought together in Kelowna. The client asked me “When we get married, do we have to file that change with the Land Title Office?”
Steps to Name Changes in the Land Title Office:
- Obtain the original certificate of change of name or marriage certificate from the BC Vital Statistics Agency.
- Inform your lender of the change of name, they may require your lawyer to prepare a declaration that you have changed your name.
- Once Step 1 & 2 are complete, bring the original document to your lawyer who will verify your identity and will file the legal name change in the Land Title Office.
So, when you legally change your name, it is recommended that you file the change of name in the Land Title Office as set out above.