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Certification of Name change for a deceased person in Israel

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For Advocate Joshua Pex.

We were in a devastating situation when my wife received an order from the immigration office to leave Israel within 30 days, without any explanation, after we have been married and in the process for six and a half years. We heard of Advocate Pex through a friend of a friend. We contacted Mr. Pex and he was ready to help us when he heard of our situation.

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The process until we received the extension for another year for my wife was not long (3 months). Things started moving once Mr. Pex came into the picture.

We highly recommend Advocate Joshua Pex! We achieved our goal and the fear of deportation has been lifted!

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We have been working with Decker, Pex & Co - Law Firm in Tel Aviv for many years very well. Because we appreciated their lawyers services, we recommended businesses and individuals again and again to go there as well.

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The team of lawyers and assistants are incredibly professional. Aiming to give their clients the advice possible regarding the normative and the law of Israel. With well trained and professional secretary at the front desk to the lawyers team, I could say that I had one of the most professional services possible. I'm super glad of choosing Joshua Pex of Law office for immigration solution, lawyers to advise in my case, to me, it is remarkable.

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I had a consultation with Batya and she was very helpful. She made sure I understood all the information I needed, and was patient with me in gathering documents I needed.

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Incredibly knowledgeable, approachable, accessible, and evident across the board that they truly care about the people they are helping. They are quick to respond, engaged, and obviously top-notch lawyers. I couldn't recommend them highly enough. Thank you, Joshua and Itamar for your help with our Joint Life Application. You were a calming energy during a storm - always breathed a sigh of relief after speaking with you. It is so difficult to get straight answers from the Misrad Hapnim, but you guys are straight shooters. I appreciate your candor and evident integrity. Hope to work with you in the future, and will send everyone I know in need of legal aid your way. Thank you for your guidance and support.


We were very pleased and content with the services of this law firm. They supported us 100% and solved our case successfully, we couldn't be happier.

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We came to Mr. Joshua with so many questions (and most of all, with so many concerns and worries) …

When we explained our case to him, first of all, he calmed us down and helped us to see the big picture, which took away our fears;

Then he presented us with a detailed explanation and a few options to explore, and a timeline, how things work and necessary steps to undertake on our part,

We thank and highly recommend Mr. Joshua for showing us so much empathy, care and professionalism (!)

Lauma Zariņa

This is definitely the best lawyer I know!!! very honest and super helpful he really helped me a lot dealing with immigration issues in Israel and it was very successful!
I highly recommend

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I highly recommend this firm, especially Oded Ger.

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Working in European market and international now, I couldn’t dare to let myself wide my wings on countries unknown to me. Definitely they’ll be the lawyers representing me, my business at every international aspect and on personal development.
When you hear Decker,Pex,Ofir &Co, you hear 10+ class services, luxurious professionals, confidentiality and exclusive attention to your needs.

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If you need to solve any complicated legal issue in Israel, don't hesitate to contact them. Otherwise you will loose hours/days/weeks with things that they can solve in minutes. They helped me to obtain my expert working visa in Israel and even after that they responded further questions and gave me advices related to administrative issues in Israel which saved me a lot of time. Irena Rosenberg and Michael Decker worked on my case, they are very professional and helpful. They will not let you down, feel free to contact them.

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I really recommend the law office's services. The service is very professional and efficient, the price is right. I am satisfied with the services I needed and happy to have known them.

Michelle Long

Josh has been helping me on and off for a few years now. I have needed legal advice and assistance with immigration due to a complex situation of mine, and he has been extremely available and responsive, honest and clear about my route and how to proceed. Very much recommended!

Josh W-S

The firm had a quick response to my last-minute needs, they were helpful in communicating with me in English, and they fulfilled my needs in a timely fashion.


We had a pleasure of working with Irena Rosenberg who assisted in getting our two U.S. born children registered in Israel and supported visa process for my wife in 2021. During the pandemic, my wife and I decided to move to Israel where I am originally from after living in the U.S. for over 20 years, but we had no idea how to go about securing visas before and after arriving in Israel. Irena is knowledgeable, reliable and competent lawyer who always had answers to all our questions which made us feel confident that everything would be fine with her assistance. We are now happily living in Israel and are so grateful to have Irena who is a genuinely nice person as our lawyer.

Michael Soffer

I would like to recommend Attorney Yehuda Elcharar. He assisted both me and my company in a complex lawsuit. He handled negotiations that led to a favorable outcome much quicker than expected.

I am extremely pleased with choosing Attorney Elcharar. Many thanks also to the office team, Oz and Chaya, for their assistance throughout the entire process.

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Amir Abt

The best lawyer firm I’ve had dealt with. I would like to thank Anat Levi and Ariel Galili from the Jerusalem branch for all of their efforts and patience, we could not have been Able to reach to where we are now without them

Jacob Newberry

A really excellent firm. They knew exactly how to handle my situation effectively and efficiently, and we got the result I needed without much fuss. Adi Berger was a wonderful advocate for me and I am deeply grateful for her help!

lynn vonne

Excellent service, very friendly and helpful, fast responding and very patient. Highly recommend. I will choose them again next time if needed.

Shaltiel Devorah

Mr. Joshua Pex is knowledgeable and Professional. I really appreciate his courteous and direct approach.

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We were very satisfied with the consultation we had.
You were very straightforward with us , You tried to help us in every way you could . we really appreciate that.
And of course the fast reply we got from you on our emails and the appointment you gave us .
You deserve more than 5 stars????

Prima Lorenzo

I admire the Austrian citizenship team in Tel-Aviv branch! They deserve more then 5 stars!! They are very friendly and professional. I've got Austrian citizenship in 4 months for all family members which consists of 12 people! The entire team is very friendly and responsive. They are always answering questions and support during the process. I recommend to everyone. Was 100% satisfied.

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We (myself and my husband) came to Mr. Joshua Pex – for his professional advice – and we received such human warmth and caring attitude, that our hearts melted …

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Stuart Safft

I am delighted to report that my wife and I have just obtained our Israeli citizenship. We will be forever grateful for all of the help, guidance and support which Ariel Galili of Decker, Pex & Co. provided through this process.
I am a Jewish, 80-year-old American, and my wife is not Jewish. We had started the process on our own back in November 2020 via the Jewish Agency and Nefesh B’Nefesh, but soon became entangled in the delays and often-changing regulations due to Covid-19. The pandemic also caused delays in obtaining the required apostilles for various documents from various state agencies and the US State Department.
We found Decker, Pex & Co. On the internet and began working with Ariel in late November 2021. Ariel did a superb job of leading us through the process, helping us to understand which documents were essential, which would most likely be required, and which, though included on the list of required documents, were rarely required. He helped us several times to understand what was likely and unlikely to occur as “the next step.” Helping us manage our expectations was extremely useful to us.
Besides his knowing the laws, regulations and procedures, Ariel also made us feel that he was truly interested in helping us to successfully work through this process in as smooth, timely, and frustration-free manner as possible.
My wife and I strongly recommend anyone planning to go through this process seriously consider hiring Decker, Pex, Ofir & Co. and, specifically, Ariel Galili.

Alexander P Gutterman

EU PASSPORT ! Big news! Thanks to Michael Decker and the other good people at the law office, as well as to the virtue of my ancestors, the cruelty of the Inquisition, reparations issued in the Iberian Peninsula, and etc, I am delighted to be on track for Portuguese and European Union Citizenship! A truly incredible development and one which brings me deep joy.

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We are very happy with the services. Somehow they managed to translate the law lingo into language we actually understand 😉 and their outstanding YouTube videos helped us to have a better grasp of what process we had to go through. Their patience, clear explanation and experience are very valuable. It's also very nice to know that you will receive response promptly; it made us feel we can really trust their services. We recommend all those looking for immigration lawyers to get in touch.

Marce Ruth St. Rey

Party time in the heart, my beloved husband received his residence after so much time of battles and faith. Gratitude, God has blessed us with wonderful beings who have accompanied us, including a "precious angel" who touched our hearts, our excellent and fantastic lawyer: Maria Chernin Dekel, sweet and wonderful human being, who has guided us and stayed On our side. side in this intense legal transit whom we bless on every occasion. God bless you dear Maria, you have exceeded your professional duty by containing us and collaborating with us in hard times, very hard, for that we want to thank you publicly, you are unique!!!
We bless and thank the entire team at Decker Pex Tal Ofir Law Firm.

Halvor Ronning

Courteous, clear, efficient service.

Matthias Oppliger

I have been receiving services from this Law Firm for several years now and I want to say THANK YOU to the team, especially Joshua Pex. They are doing outstanding work. The services I have received for both our Israeli non profit association but also our social business have helped us solve many issues at hand and provided solutions in complicated situations. Personally, I am grateful for support in visa issues as a foreigner living now in Israel for many years.

Lilian Granovsky

I can highly recommend these services!
Every time we turned to Joshua we always got a professional quick and helpful respond.

Morgan Jones

The team at Decker, Pex & Co have been awesome to work with in helping our US company establish banking in Israel and in providing counsel for legal needs in Israel. I highly recommend!

Joshua Pex was both an amazing human being and an inspiring human rights attorney. I reported directly to him for various activities I performed as in intern. I was impressed with his incredibly solid character. He is trustworthy, fair, and goes above and beyond to advocate for the vulnerable. He is completely trustworthy and high caliber in his work. His partners and employees are very blessed to work with him. I am honored to know them.

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They really care about helping their customers without any other interest
Nadia gave us service behind what we expected; she was professional which lead to fast and easy process with great result
We definitely recommend using them

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Throughout the entire process, Nechama went above and beyond to ensure that I was informed and comfortable with every decision. She demonstrated a deep knowledge of the law, and was able to offer sound advice that ultimately led to a positive outcome.

What sets Nechama apart is her compassionate and empathetic approach to her clients. She truly cares about the well-being of her clients, and it shows in the way she handles every case.

If you are in need of a lawyer, I highly recommend Nechama.

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There are cases where a person, while still alive, changed his name and after their death the need arises to present a certificate of change of details. Certification of a name change for a deceased person in Israel may be required to issue a foreign passport and to immigrate to a foreign country.

A person can change their name for a variety of reasons; For example, one may change their first name out of personal preference. Another example is the name change following marriage or divorce. In this article we will examine the various reasons for a name change, how a name can be changed in the Ministry of the Interior in Israel, how a certificate confirming the name change can be issued for a deceased person and when a notarized translation of this certificate is necessary and how to perform the translation in the best way.

Our office specializes in assisting clients in issuing the necessary permits for immigration and obtaining foreign citizenship, as well as in notarization services. If after reading the article you have additional questions, you are welcome to contact our offices located in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and we will be happy to assist.

Name change for a deceased person

When may a person change their name?

A person’s name is an inseparable part of their identity and changing one’s name has a great impact on one’s life. Although parents generally spend a lot of time and thought about the name that will be given to the newborn, some people feel their birth name does not match their character and thus may request to change their name legally.

Another possibility involving a name may change is following marriage or divorce. When a couple enters into a marriage, it is possible that the woman will choose to take her husband’s last name. Today, it is very common for couples to choose to add their partner’s last name to their last name. In other cases, it is possible that a married couple will choose a completely new last name. In the event of a divorce, it is possible that one or both of the spouses will request to remove the spouse’s last name, and return to their maiden name. Here, too, they will be required to submit an application for a name change at the Ministry of the Interior.

If so, it can be seen that there are several cases in which a person may change their last name or first name. There are cases where a relative who died changed their name before their death and now their descendants, who want to prove a family connection to the deceased, need proof of the act of changing the name for official processes, such as issuing a foreign passport or applying for a succession order.

How can a person change their name?

The person’s name will be registered in the Ministry of the Interior after their birth, by their parents. If a person wishes to change their first name or last name, or both, they must submit an official request that includes an explanation of the reason for the request to the Bureau of Population and Immigration (Ministry of the Interior) closest to their place of residence. During the application, it will be necessary to present documents such as an identity card, a passport photo, a passport, an appendix from the identity card of the spouse. At the end of the process, the applicant will receive a new identity card that includes the new name.

A name change can be made at the Ministry of the Interior only after the applicant turns 18 years old. When it comes to minors, it is necessary to get permission for the name change from their parents. In the case of minors whose parents do not approve the name change, it is necessary to present a judgment from the court approving the minor to change their name anyway.

The process of changing the name requires a fee. Reservists and soldiers in regular service are entitled to a significant discount.

When a person changes their name, the details are recorded in an extended registration summary. A registration summary is an official document of the population and immigration, which includes the person’s personal details. There is a standard registration summary that includes the person’s name, parents’ name, date of birth, marital status, address, ID number, and more. The extended registration summary includes additional details including previous names.

What can be done when it is necessary to present a certificate of change of details for a deceased person?

In many cases of issuing a foreign passport by virtue of kinship to a person whose citizenship was revoked, for example in the case of an application for the issuance of German citizenship, proof of kinship between the applicant and their ancestor is necessary. In cases where the person on the basis of which they are entitled to submit the application has passed away, after their details have been changed at the Ministry of the Interior, it is necessary to present a confirmation of the change of details.

To prove the change of the name of the deceased, it is necessary to present an extended registration extract that includes the previous names of the person in question. This is in cases where there is no official certificate attesting to a name change.

It is possible to receive a registration summary for a resident who died in Israel or abroad. When the request to receive a registration summary is submitted for an immediate family member who died in Israel, it is necessary to produce official documents that prove the relationship. After presenting the documents, only a normal registration summary can be issued. When the application is submitted for a relative who died abroad, it will also be necessary to present a death certificate when submitting the application. Even in this case, the extract that can be issued will be a regular extract only.

In cases where an extended registration summary is required, it is necessary to issue a judicial decision authorizing the applicant to receive the desired information. Details such as previous names and previous surnames will appear in the extended registration summary.

When is a notarized translation of a document confirming the change of the details of a deceased person necessary?

In cases where a person wishes to apply for foreign citizenship, they will have to present official documents in the language of the country where the application documents are submitted. In many countries there is a requirement to present a registration summary of the applicant as well as of a relative on whom the application is based. For example, those who apply for a German passport may do so in the event that the applicant is a descendant of a person who was a permanent resident in Germany in certain years, who was forced to leave and lose their citizenship due to persecution.

The application documents, including the registration summary must be submitted when they are translated by a notary. In addition, for the submission of the application in the countries that are signatories to the Hague Apostille Convention, such as Austria, Germany and Italy, it is necessary to stamp the documents with an apostille stamp, to confirm their originality and their international validity

A notarized translation can be done in two ways. The translation can be done by the notary himself, as long as he speaks the language of the original document, as well as the language of the translated document. The second option is to carry out a translation via translator’s statement, which confirms that the translator did translate the document accurately and that they are fluent in both the language of the original document and the language of the translation.

It is important to understand that the notarized translation must be accurate and faithful to the original, since any deviation from the original content can lead to rejection of the application for foreign citizenship. Therefore, it is important to make sure that the work of translation and notarization is done by a skilled and reliable notary.

Production of certificates and their translation by professional parties

If so, presenting a certificate of change of details for a deceased person can have a decisive effect for submitting an application for the issuance of foreign citizenship. Issuing the certificate requires in most cases an application to legal courts. In addition, the approval, along with other documents, must be translated professionally and accurately, to ensure as smooth and fast a process as possible.

At the law firm of Decker, Pex, Levi, Rosenberg, which has branches in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, there are professional bodies that specialize in submitting applications to receive the necessary documents for immigration needs and obtaining foreign citizenships. Also, in our offices there are qualified notaries who speak a number of foreign languages, alongside professional translators, who will be able to provide you with translations and confirmations of all the documents you need to apply for foreign citizenship.

If you are interested in the process or if you have additional questions about the details written in the article, you can contact our office and we will be able to assist you in the matters of finding documents, submitting an application for foreign citizenship, translating documents with a notarized translation and verifying official documents with an apostille stamp.

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