The Name-Change Game
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Step 4: Figure Out Your Finances
Once the bank account is changed (and you've ordered new checks), get on the phone to your credit card company, department stores where you have charge cards, and any place you have investments. Usually you can make changes by mail, by sending in a copy of that all-important license. Next, inform any place you owe money (car loan, student loan, etc.). And while you're figuring out that car loan, take care of your car insurance, too.
Step 5: Spread the Word
When you get a new e-mail address at work, send out a quick message to all your contacts (keep it professional, not giddy) and change the voice mail on your telephone to include a brief explanation of the new name. Sign thank-you notes with your new name or even jot a quick note on postcards—then send one to everyone on your wedding guest list. (If you have a fall wedding, you can do this with holiday cards.)
Step 6: Tackle the B-List (whenever)
For the telephone company and other utilities, wait until you get your next bill, then send in a note and a copy of your license along with your payment. Then you can work your way through the rest of the low-priority list: voter registration, passport, magazine subscriptions, alumni associations. And even if you're not an organizational goddess, never fear. It's been almost a year since I got married, and my video-rental card is still in my maiden name.