I am asking for a legal advise in order for me to change my legitimate son's last name to mine. I am currently in Canada as a citizen and my son is in the Philippines; his last name is under his mother and I left the country not signing his birth certificate. I am married now and the mother has her own family too. I want my son to come to Canada and to expedite things, I think changing his last name will make it less complicated; his mother is willing to change his last name so it will not be a problem.
I was told to get a notarized letter and send it back home and my family will be the one to get the name change done for me. My questions are:
1. Is it true that I can notarized a letter confirming that he is my son and they can change that back home?
2. Do I need a lawyer for notarizing the letter?
3. What are the steps for me to do in order for my son to come to Canada?
I greatly appreciate all your advise and thank you in advance.