Your wedding day is coming up! With all the excitement and planning, be sure you have the really important stuff organized. While the dress and the venue are important for the wedding, our handy pre-wedding legal checklist will be important for your marriage.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about how to proceed, contact your Plan Law Firm and request an appointment for a consultation.
Review finances with future spouse.¹
Everything is new, and whether you decide to keep things separate or jump into joint finances, you should decide this before your wedding. That way you are prepared to start your married lives together and you can set up new accounts or define your finances in advance.
Consult an attorney to review your particular concerns and determine which pre-marital options are best to protect you and your future spouse.
Get your marriage license.²
Research the documents needed for a marriage license with your County Clerk’s Office. These offices are typically located in local courthouses. This step should be completed at least 1 month before the wedding to ensure you have time to gather what is needed and that you are aware of any waiting periods your state may impose.
Review all contracts from vendors with your Plan Attorney.¹
Ensure each vendor has signed a contract and that you agree to all terms.
If you’re changing your name, schedule an appointment with your Legal Resources Plan Attorney to get the paperwork started. Don’t forget to contact banks, employers, and other billing places after the wedding with your new surname.
Update your Will.¹
With your new financial and property situation after your marriage, you and your spouse will want to ensure you’re both protected. Update your estate documents with your Plan Attorney.