After you get married, there are a few things you might need to do. Luckily, some of these things can be done before the big day. In order to keep yourself on track, you should create some checklists.
Moving In Checklist
After you’re married you’ll be living together. That may mean moving for one, or both, of you. Creating a moving checklist can help you stay on top of the move while you’re planning your wedding. With so many things to do, a moving list can help keep you focused.
This list should include all of the steps needed to complete the move. You should also list the prices for the products and services needed, and the phone numbers for any businesses or people you hire to do the work. The more information you put on your list, the easier it will be to keep track of your move or contact us.
Name Change Checklist
After your marriage, you’ll need to make sure your name is updated on your driver’s license, social security card, bank accounts, and contracts. This checklist should include all of the accounts and identifications that need to be changed.
You can also include some basic info on what’s needed to make the change. For some name changes, you need an updated driver’s license, for others, you need your marriage certificate. Some may even need an updated social security card.
Change Your Legal Documents
After your marriage, you’ll want to change your will, lost or stolen ss card and other legal documents. You may need to add amendments to contracts noting your name change. This step will have to wait if you will have a name change since you’ll need the contracts to match your new legal name.
You may need to hire a lawyer to complete the process, especially if there are multiple documents. If either of you has children from a previous relationship this step is important. These documents help to protect your children and your new spouse in the case of your death.
Combine Accounts or Set Up New Ones
After your marriage, you may decide to combine some of your accounts or creating new ones. These accounts may include something as simple as your Netflix account or as intricate as an investment account. While each of you may maintain some accounts in your name alone, there are some accounts, like a joint banking account or auto insurance policies, which makes good financial sense.
These changes are simple if you both deal with the same institution. However, if you use different banks or investment companies, then you’ll need to determine which company to use. Using the same company for both accounts, like auto insurance policies and cell phone accounts can often save money. Use this checklist to list which accounts need to be changed and which need to be created.
There are many things to consider when you get married. By using checklists you can keep yourself focused during one of the biggest changes in your life. The list can give you the mental space needed to enjoy your big day.