Name change logistics, both practical and social.
January 30, 2013 1:48 PM Subscribe
My partner is legally changing his first and last name and doing away with his middle name altogether. Help us think of everything? We're in the US.
posted by anonymous to grab bag (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
First, the practical: there are the obvious things that need changing, like drivers license, Social Security, passport card, human resources at work, bank accounts, retirement accounts, utilities, cell phone service, email accounts... are there any "gotchas" we are overlooking?
And second, has anyone done this before that can talk about making the change socially? He's simply doing it because his first name is extremely common and his last name doesn't mean much to him - he's not very close to his family, but not on bad terms with them either. He just wants to be known by a name of his own choosing. The new name will be completely new to everyone - our families, friends, business associates. What's the simplest and most effective way to make this change with all of them?