- 6 years ago
- Wedding: April 2012
That’s the site. I know name change services get a lot of flack since you can totally do it for free, but here’s the story. Basically I played spinny face on Groupon, and won a credit that would expire at the end of the day. That same day, this service was offered on sale for $10! I figured, what the hell. I’ll bite. $5 for the service OOP + $5 clicky credit.
Here is what I found:
Pros (What you are paying for LOL):
- Definitely nice having all the forms in one place. I actually tried finding them all on my own, and just said screw it and left it half completed. (DH knew that and he is the one who told me about the service coming up on groupon, and I just got lucky with the clicky face wheel.) It was just a pain finding them.
- It’s kind of like Turbo Tax…it asks you questions, you answer, and that’s how they fill in the forms. I liked that it guided me and that it would fill out the repetitive things (I.e., I didn’t have to write my name and address 25 times).
- There are some places that don’t have forms, but you still need to contact, like your electric company, cable, work, etc. They had a template letter for that, so basically you are paying for templates.
- They had things that needed done that I didn’t even think of. Like letting the post office know that my name had changed, and magazines, and my retirement accounts.
- Brides enter information all the time, so sometimes you can find your bank or utility information to customize your letter without having to find it yourself and type it in.
- Support… some of those forms were confusing. I liked the little explanations, and being able to email them if I had questions. I didn’t feel like I was trying to figure this crap out on my own or just via google.
- I’m the only one I know at my job in the last year who has gotten married and changed my name. Most of the girls I work with are still working on it and putting it off because it is such as hassle! This definitely took some of the sting out I think!
- If someone hasn’t put the information for a company or place already, you have to find it. That can mean digging out old bills, hunting online, and general time suckage.
- Just adding all the things they suggest can take forever! You don’t realize how many accounts you have til you start adding them. Sheesh. And after all that, some places still have their own protocols.
- You still have to take the forms in yourself, print them, send them, etc. So you have legwork to do. It’s not a one stop fix.
- I wish they had more online integration, so you could email the appropriate place or contact them online. Same for phone numbers.
Bottom line, there’s no way I would pay the $29.95 they ask for this service. But, I would gladly pay $15 or less. It definitely saved me about 8 hours of time in terms of finding the forms, filling them out (especially the repetitive ones), listing all the people to contact and then finding a template to contact them, even FINDING the contact info for some places…. It’s like when you have a busy day and need more time, maybe you get take out and that costs about $15 right? So I feel like this was “name change takeout”. hehe
I hope this helps some bees. I’m happy I bought the service and I told my coworkers about it so they can watch for a sale.
Here is a list of the forms if you want them: SS, IRS, Post office, Passport, drivers license for your state, voter registration, title and vehicle registration. Form letter templates are provided for banks, credit cards, utilities, medical, insurances, professional organizations, investments, and “other” (where you just add the thing you need and they create a letter for you). They also help you update your online profiles if you need it. There is online support available if someone is logged in (a staff member), otherwise it goes to email. They also have phone support.