Post # 1
I signed up just so I could get some guidance here…I have been searching all over for how to make the name change process easier. Most of the responses I’ve seen on here are women who want to keep their maiden name and add his, etc., but I have dealt with having a Polish last name that almost no one can pronounce for the past 29 years and I am going to be just Mrs. HisLastName, period.
I am a licensed attorney in 2 states (and going for a 3rd) and several federal districts, have 2 cars in my name and almost all my husband and my bills are in my maiden name, so I’m a little overwhelmed at this point. Another issue with the cars is that one my Dad sold to me, and another he’s a co-signer on the loan…so is it almost better to keep my maiden name on the title of those?
It’s sounding to me like my name is not considered legally changed until my Social Security and Driver’s License match? (I live in Indiana, if that helps). I really want to start being Mrs. HisLastName ASAP but don’t want to jump the gun with all of my professional licensures so that I am not subject to discipline. Does anyone know when I can legally start changing my name on professional licensures? (I just e-mailed the Roll of Attorneys on Friday but can’t stand even waiting until Monday!)
Also, how do women who have fully changed their name make sure their social friends and acquaintances know? Do you just send a mass e-mail? Facebook?
Any and all help is appreciated!
The Future Mrs. HisLastName
Post # 3
I don’t know anything about your Law licenses, but changing your name on a car title is super easy in NY, and it was free. It was on the same form as changing registration. I changed my name on registration and titles just because I figured it was easier so everything matched the new ID.
As far as when your name change is official, it depends. Some places required SS card to change name in their system, some made me wait until I got my new drivers license, so there is a weird in-between period.
Sorry I can’t be more help!
ETA: try the Names or Legal boards under Not Wedding Related maybe?
Post # 4
I’m an attorney licensed in NY. I had to send a notarized name change petition to the appellate division that admitted me to practice with a copy of my marriage license. They sent a letter confirming the name change on the roll of attorneys, which I had to include with my biennial registration & dues. I’m not admitted to any other jurisdictions or other particular courts, so I don’t know how that changes anything. I did it after I had already changed my name with social security and the DMV (on license, registration and title all on same trip to the DMV – very easy).
As far as socially goes, I just changed the nameion Facebook and the name on my email account (so that emails show from Firstname NewLastName instead of FirstName MaidenName.
Post # 5
I’m an attorney and I am keeping my maiden name to avoid the drama. BUT I’m changing it socially, on fb and on email, etc., so that my fiance gets all of the pride in me changing my last name, but i don’t need any of the hassle. That said, I’m the opposite: I have an ethnic lat name that no one can pronounce, but it really marks my heritage (German) and I want to keep it for that. FI is half German; half Italian, and his last name is Italian…I am not. Our kids will have his last name.
Post # 6
I was considering keeping my maiden name for work (I’m a British lawyer) but I’m thinking of going the whole hog and changing it in its entirety to my married name
Post # 7
I don’t think I’ve gotten any announcements from a lawyer that there has been a name change. I’ve seen other people just put in their email signature: “FirstName NewLastName (Formerly OldLastName)” They do that for a few months and then just use their new name.
Post # 8
I’m in a different state, so I can’t say for sure, but I fully changed my last name, but my car is still regisered to my maiden name. I went in to change it, and the lady said that until it’s paid off, I would have to have a note with permission from my lender to change the name on my title/add my husband. I would also have had to pay to re-register the car (and I had just done it one month before). So, I asked if there was a problem leaving it in my maiden name and carrying a copy of my marriage license in my glove box, and she said “nope.” I’m paying off my car before registering it this year, at which point I will change my name and add my husband.