(Closed) MissNowMrs?

posted 10 years ago in Names
Post # 3
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2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Waste of money, I think.  The one form I seem to need to complete that they have is the passport application, and that’s available for free at the post office, or online.  For Social Security and for your drivers’ license, you don’t need to fill out any form – just go into the office and they will take your information verbally.  For car registration changes, the form is free online.  For your credit cards/insurance you just need to call, or maybe able to make changes online.  Whatever you have to do for work will be dependent on your HR department procedures.  I’m sure the idea of the kit would have been great 15 years ago, but today if you can use Google (or any other search engine of your choice) you can get all the information you need pretty quickly for free.

Really, it’s not that hard – it just seems a little complicated, but if you remember that all kinds of people do this successfully every day, you realize that it’s really not too bad.  Where I have had any question about the process or the forms, the people at whatever office I’m dealing with have been really helpful – for free.

And the simple fact is – it’s going to take you some time, and some running around.  No kit can really decrease that substantially.

Post # 4
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217 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I gave it to a friend in May for her bridal shower gift (the gift certificates are very pretty, great quick service, and the whole shower was oohing and ahhing over the great original gift – seriously?!  I patted myself on the back.) I also gave her a platter from her china collection just in case the service wasn’t all that – but I do recommend this as a gift for people who are having a shower some place they don’t live (it is easy to bring a gift card back on the plane). I had her china plate shipped.  I am digressing again..

I’ve never used the service myself (still a few weeks until the name change for me) but I really love the idea of it.  Basically you fill out just one form, and then it automatically fills in all of the other forms for you.  Suzanno is right, these forms are all free if you go and get them from their respective offices/webpages – so what you are paying for is not the forms, but efficiency or time.  I’m not sure if the service will save you 20 minutes or 2 hours – but I hope to know soon as she just got back from her honeymoon!  I’ll keep the hive posted.:)

Post # 6
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406 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2009 - Small church ceremony with mountain-view log cabin reception

Just out of curiousity, how much is the service? Shoot I’ll do it for 20 bucks!

Post # 9
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192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I just did all of the name change stuff here in COLORADO and 3/4ths of the places didn’t need certified copies of my marriage license, nor a form. They looked at my original copy of my marriage license (like DMV, Social Security) and changed my name with no problem.

The Banks took a copy of my marriage license and changed my name and issued all new checks.

ALLLLL of my credit cards and my State Notary Seal I’ve been able to change my name online with NO form, no marriage license copy, etc. All you have to do is check the little box that says "Name change due to marriage" and poof.. within a week I had new credit cards.  For my Notary, I was able to print my new certificate online within seconds.

For everything it took me 2 hours and didn’t cost me a dime.

 

Post # 10
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159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I changed my name legally about 2 months ago and I did not use any kind of kit. And while the name change was a hassle, I don’t think any kit can make it easier. I think you should spend your $30 on a mani pedi or something to reward yourself when you’re done. 

No kit can go to the DMV for you or re-take your passport photo, fill out paperwork, take you to the bank or call your credit card companies which was the most time consuming part. I am not sure exactly what the kit contains but I found out everything I needed online and basically just going through my own wallet and records. 

Don’t get me wrong…this is a fair amount of work but after a few appointments, some waiting in lines (bring a book or something) and a few more pages of paperwork than you might like, it is all worth it for the first time you get to sign your new last name.

Don’t get the kit…it can’t do the most burdensome stuff for you. Save your $$ for something else! Please feel free to PM me if you’d like any help/suggestions with the name change.  

Post # 11
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244 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Yeah I think things like this are a waste of money as well….all it does is fill out forms for you and as people stated previously most of the places you need to change your name you don’t need forms. It doesn’t help you where you really need it…running around to all the different offices or making the actual phone calls. 

Post # 12
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159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I ordered several (like 7 or something) certified copies of my marriage license and thought I would have several extra copies but…I didn’t. There are tons of places that requested them, everyone from my car loan company to my employer to my banks. I would say order at least 5 to be on the safe side but it really depends on how many places you do business/have loans/work/etc. Hope that helps!

Post # 13
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2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Mrsspitzer – You actually give people copies of the license? I only have and just assumed I would show it to places that needed it. Hmmmm

To me what is annoying about the name change is not the forms it’s the gov. bureacracy.  Taking my last name as my middle name has required me to walk around various gov. buildings in downtown manhattan (I went through SIX metal detectors in this process), resulting in a $65 fee and a court date 3 weeks later.  COURT! 

Once that happens, Then I have to go to SS, then the DMV and then I can finally call the credit card companies, banks, etc etc.  Its a PAIN and I half considered abandoning the whole idea. 

Post # 14
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159 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

Janna- There were several places where I just had to mail in forms with a certified copy of the marriage license. Places like my car financing company, mutual fund account, PayPal, certain credit cards, etc. These places had no physical location to take an original to and wanted a copy to keep on file. Some people might not need any, or might need more, depending on the types of accounts they have/business they do. Places like the social security administration, the DMV and the passport place all needed to see the original and did not need a copy so if that’s all you need to do, no copies needed. 

Post # 15
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2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2008

Oh great, thanks!! 

Post # 16
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2292 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

The only thing I need an extra copy of my marriage license (certified) is my passport.  Everybody else wants to see a copy, but does not need to keep it.  My insurance/benefits didn’t even need to see a copy in order to add my husband and step-kids to my medical and dental – they just let me know that if they are ever audited, I may be required to produce one.  Anyway, I got two certified copies (they are $3 each where I live) and it doesn’t seem like I will need any more.

FYI – for your PayPal acct (and other things of this type – including my engineers’/surveyors’ license) you need a copy of your marriage certificate OR a copy of another legal identification that shows your new name.  If you send in a xerox copy of your old and new drivers’ license, that’s adequate.  And free, By The Way.  I would double check the requirements before you go ordering a bunch of certified copies.

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