Fun With a Name Change

18 Jul

Changing your last name after you have established solid credit, a business, a career, etc. is a daunting task at best. If you travel out of the country, and have a passport, it is even more exciting.

Through all of my dealings with lawyers, when your ‘relationship’ with said firm ends, they either hand you directly, or, snail mail you the judge-signed order and accompanying paperwork for your personal files. However, after two months of waiting, of patience, of checking the mail box, I remember (oh NOOOW I remember…) that there is always an exception to every rule. Apparently, an ELECTIVE surname change is among these exceptions. I find this out today after approximately six calls made by me and COUNTLESS transfers… *find your happy place find your happy place find your…*

Now, with utilities, everyday bills, credit cards, state licensures, national licensures and professional organizations that I need to update with my new legal surname information, I certainly have my plate full.

UUUUUGH… have I mentioned how much I LOATHE paperwork, not to mention having to call people to whom I pay my money to try to change/update information only to be given the runaround until I want to A) throttle the ‘customer service agent/agents’, B) throttle myself simply to escape the idiocy, C) blow up said company D) all of the above? If not… I just did.

Each type of creditor requires different paperwork to be submitted. The most enigmatic systems, however, currently lay solidly in the hands of the DMV, the agency in charge of passports and the Social Security Administration.

You’re shocked.

Yeah. Me too. *Insert expected eye rolling here*

It seems that the DMV, passport peeps and SSA all need one of the others’ updated data showing proof of the new name but I can’t get THE OTHERS’ updated data without one of the THEIR updated data!

Gotta love red tape! Wish me luck!

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2 Responses to “Fun With a Name Change”

  1. Alex Kyzer July 18, 2012 at 21:37 #

    Didn’t you win the Powerball but refuse to fill out the paperwork that goes along with?

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