June 15, 2009

Hello My Name Is.....

A bride has three options in regards to her last name - she can take her husband's last name, retain her own, or hyphenate her own & her husband's last names. Whatever option you choose becomes legally binding when you sign it on your marriage license.

When you change your name be aware that several people, agencies, and organizations must be notified. A few of the common agencies to notify include the Social Security Administration, your state motor vehicle department, employer payroll/human resources, passport agency, credit card companies, voter registration & your bank and/or credit union.

There are also many many others which may include:
  • Physicians
  • Religious affiliations
  • Academic institutions/records
  • Internal Revenue Service
  • Memberships {gym, etc}
  • Mortgage or rental agreement
  • Legal documents
  • Telephone listing
  • Email accounts
  • Magazine subscriptions

Also during this time of discussion with your fiance it may also be helpful to consider additional discussions. These consist of your existing retirement plans which also include your beneficiaries, existing insurance policies & contacting both employers to make the necessary adjustments to federal deductions & possibly state deductions if you reside in a Commonwealth state.

Exciting time for change!!! Good luck!

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