Changing your name is a personal decision. The first time you pick up a pen to sign a document, it may seem strange to write a new name, a new monogram or even an additional name.

If you're well-established in your career, you may not want to take your husband's last name.

If you decide to change your name legally, you should do the paperwork as soon as you return from your honeymoon. Many entities will require you to present an original certificate of marriage as proof of your legal status.

What needs updating?

>> Vehicle registration

>> Driver's license

>> Mortgage or rental agreement

>> Homeowner's insurance

>> Life insurance

>> Will or trust

>> Car insurance

>> Credit cards and credit files

>> Deeds and property titles

>> Stock certificates

>> Medical, dental records

>> Voter registration

>> Employer records

>> IRS forms

>> Social Security records

>> Passport

>> Credit union/bank accounts

>> Investment accounts

>> Church records

>> Newspaper and magazine subscriptions

>> School alumni records

>> Frequent-travel club documents

>> Organization memberships

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