Post # 1
Of everyone we have to let know we’re married?
Aside from the name change, who on HIS end do we need to let know we’re married? Keep in mind we’re totally combining finances, so … my (partial?) list so far is:
-His job (change W2, right?)
-My job (change W2 and name)
-His insurance carriers (I have no insurance for the past 3 months)
-Credit card companies
I feel like … that’s not enough … like I’m missing something. Help?
Post # 3
Your driver’s license and social security card will need to be updated for the name change.
Post # 4
right, I know what I have to change on MY side of things – I’m curious who my husband needs to let know, because my name change means I’m automatically informing the entire world that my marital status has changed, but his name doesn’t change – yet I’m sure there are places his change in marital status will matter, right?
Post # 5
included in your insurance carriers your auto insurance – your rates should go down!
That list seems like everything to me that your husband needs to inform. Unless you are joining accounts I dont think its 100% necessary for him to inform the bank. My husband didnt do anything with the bank but we already had joint accounts so I will just be changing my name with them.
Post # 6
I didn’t inform anyone that my husband was married. He is self employed so he didn’t need to give them an updated W4. The only thing I had to do for him was to add him to my insurance and get him new insurance cards. Does he have life insurance or a retirement plan? If so you will need to be the new beneficiary.
Post # 7
If you own a home, you may want to consider changing your name on the deed. You will also have to let your mortgage lender know.
Other places where you will have to change your name are with frequent flier/travel clubs and you should decide if you want to have cars in both of your names. Since you are married, the cars thing is not a huge issue.
If either of you have life insurance, I would change the benefactor information ASAP. I would also start working on health insurance issues as soon as possible. My hubby went on my health insurance, but it took his employer a month to get him off of their plan.
Oh passport and voting information too!
Post # 8
We don’t own any vehicles (totally unnecessary expense in DC) or a home, so we’re good on that front.
Retirement is a good one – I didn’t think of that, but we’ll both have to update our accounts. 🙂 Thanks!
We should probably look into life insurance too, since neither of us currently has any.
Post # 9
@PitBulLover: Yes, we are joining accounts. Actually, he’s adding me to his account and we’re closing mine, I think.
Post # 10
There is so much to do! Someone started a thread bout this a few months ago; since it’s been a year since I got married, I am sure I forget some of it, so that list is going to be a much better list than anything I can come up with now. The biggest thing that is pressing is health insurance- you only have 30 days after getting married to change. Car insurance is next most pressing so your rates will go down. Good luck and congrats!
Post # 11
He may also want to update his will if he has one.
Post # 12
You are making me feel like a fail-wife, daydreamwanderer! I started a new job so I put “married” on my W-2, and he added me to his bank account and as his beneficiary for life insurance, but other than that we didn’t change anything. He’s still single on his W-2 – not sure what this will mean when tax time rolls around!
Post # 13
Notify the credit bureaus of your name change.
Beneficiaries on insurance policies.
Any investment accounts?
I possibly wouldn’t worry about changing the W4 this year because your withholdings are going to be all screwed up already. You might just want to wait until next year to do it.
I didn’t change my name on the deed of the house because I didn’t want to pay the fees to have a new one recorded. I’m hoping that my old marriage license will certify that I’m the same person when we sell.
Post # 14
@daniellemybelle: Haha… don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll be fine! I’m a very detail oriented person, so I want to make sure I have all much ducks in a row! Plus I’ve basically transitioned to a new country, new state, new marital status, new name all in the course of 2 months, so I know there’s going to be a million things to change – I just want to burn through them as quickly as possible!