Changing your Name? Is there an App for that?

You don’t have to change your name when you get married. But lots of people do. Some women take the husband’s name. Some couples choose to combine their last names with hyphens. In gay couples, one member often takes the partner’s name.

By any measure, it’s a meaningful decision. It can also cause a lot of paperwork with the IRS, government agencies, credit card companies and banks. Fortunately, the Internet is here to help. Several companies have started services designed to largely automate the process (although the name changer will still have to put his or her signature on some physical letters).

The New York Times recently did a nice story on this.

Among the web sites where you can get help with the name change process are offers a useful free checklist. But you have to do the work.

These sites generally have different levels of service for different prices going up to $50 or so. They typically hit the brides right after the honeymoon when money is tight. But the savings in aggravation can be worth it.

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