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Legal Checklist for Newly Engaged Couples

When you’re newly engaged, the last thing on your mind is all the legal paperwork that goes into a marriage. It may not be the most romantic part about getting married but it’s an essential one if you want to be sure you and your future spouse are legally protected no matter what happens. Here are some important legal steps to take before you rush down the aisle and say I do.

Before the Wedding Day

Prenuptial Agreement
Prenuptial Agreements aren’t just centered around the prospect of a divorce. No, in fact, it’s a practical (and important) step in disclosing each other’s financial situation before getting married. Sometimes couples get married without being aware of the other’s immense debt. Understanding the whole picture before combining finances into one unit is a smart way to protect everyone involved and plan for the road ahead so no one gets caught off guard.

We can help you get started with a Prenuptial Agreement today.

Name Change
There are a few ways to change your name legally after you get married. The simplest way is to do so on the marriage license. Once that’s done, it’s very important that you obtain new identification (e.g., social security card, driver’s license, passport) and alert everyone you do business with (e.g., banks, credit cards, insurance companies) about your new name change with a Name Change Notification Letter

For The Wedding Day

Wedding Vendor Contracts
It’s only natural to want your wedding day to go as perfectly as possible. Though you never know what may happen, you can make sure you get signed contracts with all your wedding vendors so that if something does happen, you will have grounds to take a vendor to court. Be sure that you specify all the necessary details in the agreement, like making sure the caterer makes enough food for your entire guest list, so that everyone is on same page.

Here are some examples of contracts you’d use for your wedding:

Venue Rental Agreement
Wedding Consultant Contract
Catering Contract
DJ Contract
Limousine Contract
Photography Contract
Videography Contract
General Contract for Services

Liability Insurance
Most wedding venue spaces require you to sign a release from liability. If that’s the case at your event space, look into getting your own form of liability insurance. More times than not, if you have homeowner’s insurance, you can just add the liability insurance to your current policy. This will make sure that if someone gets injured at your wedding, you’ll have insurance to cover it. After your wedding, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is paying someone else’s medical bills, or even a lawsuit.

After the Wedding Day

Marriage Certificate
The marriage certificate should be signed and completed after the wedding ceremony. Depending on your county, you can do it in person or even mail it to the office. And don’t worry, if you ever lose your marriage certificate, you can always send in a Marriage Certificate Request Letter to get a copy.

What are some ways you’re getting ready for your wedding? Let us know in the comments below!

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