Laws

Chapter 210 sec. 6, 6A, 12, 13, and 14 of the Massachusetts General Laws   
See also Chapter 208 sec. 23 of the Massachusetts General Laws for changing a name during a divorce.  
See also Chapter 46 sec. 1D  of the Massachusetts General Laws for adoption of surname upon marriage.

Assistance

Most Probate and Family Courts have a “Lawyer for the day” program where volunteer lawyers are available at the court to assist individuals with basic questions about procedure and filling out forms.

You can also find a lawyer who offers limited assistance representation (LAR). Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) is when an attorney represents or helps you with part, but not all, of your case.

Additional Sources

To read more about name change, see the law libraries’ Law About Name Changes