Friday, May 14, 2010

Simplifying The Name Change Game

As thrilled as I am to change my last name to something much less common after I’m married, I have to admit I’m not especially excited about the headache of going through the process. After all, a name change is a big deal, and is certainly not an easy task to undertake!

Well, you can imagine my delight when I discovered a few months back that I’d won a stress-reducing package from Name Change Express! If you aren’t familiar with this company, Name Change Express is an online service that guides you through the process, helping prepare all the necessary paperwork in just a few easy steps. And depending which package you choose and how much help you want, they can even do all the work for you by mailing in forms and taking care of nitty-gritty details.

Of course, I won’t officially tackle this project until after the wedding, but to get started, I’ve put together a list of key name-change musts. Check it out, and let me know if you think I’ve skipped anything important!

• Social security information

• IRS and tax records

• Retirement savings plans

• Bank and credit card records

• Insurance plans

• Magazines

• Social networks, including Facebook and Twitter

• University records

• Housing and billing records

• Driver’s license

• Passport

• Voter registration records

• Doctor’s office and medical records

Engaged ladies, if you’re changing your name, will you go it alone or use a service for help? Married girls, if you’ve already gone through the name-change process, do you have any helpful tips for the rest of us?

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  1. Let us know how your experience goes with Name Change Express! The list you provided looks pretty daunting, so I'm not sure I'd want to tackle that on my own.

  2. Yes, let us know how this works out for you! I have not decided whether to change my name, but if I do, it won't be for some time after the wedding. And add California State Bar to the list for me, which I heard is a nightmare in and of itself!

  3. Ha ha the only one I have done so far, after 6 weeks! is facebook! Priorities eh!

    I can't do my passport yet either ad have flights booked for the summer in my old name.

    We don't have any of those make it easier things so that I'd prob why I'm avoiding it so far. Everyone needs copies of our marriage certificate too!

  4. If I were changing my name I would get some help! Doing this alone would drive me crazy!

  5. Your list is helpful, thanks. Maybe payroll/human resources at work is another one?

  6. I just started using and so far I am really excited about it. I plan on doing a blog post about it once I have everything finished to see how well it really helped but the simple fact alone that I don't have to go to every single individual company or web site has been cool thus far. Plus I found an online coupon code for $10 off :)

  7. I have only just changed all my credit cards and license over. Wish it was all as easy as it is on facebook!