Before the wedding bells start ringing, and you cut into the two thousand dollar cake, make sure you talk with your fiancé so you don’t make a two thousand dollar mistake!

 

Are you getting married? Congratulations! Many couples get into a “wedding daze” very quickly. Before they know, it’s too
ate to discuss the legal issues that are important to any new couple. Take these few tips to heart to save yourselves
money, and enjoy peace of mind so you can focus on your special day. Who knows, you may just find some extra money
that you’ve saved by taking the advice to pay for that one-of-a-kind dress or the perfect honeymoon destination!

 

Legal requirements for marriage
Each state has unique marriage laws. The most common are obtaining a valid marriage license and getting married
by an officiate who is licensed in the state to wed. Some states require residency to marry. Make sure there is nothing
legally stopping your from getting married! If you have been previously divorced, make sure you have a valid divorce
certificate.

 

Legal requirements for destination weddings
For U.S citizens you don’t need permission of special documents from the United States. However, the country where
you plan to marry may have special requirements. For instance, requiring at least 24 ours of residency or a single
working day to make a marriage valid.

 

Don’t forget your passports and possible other important documents! Check the rules of the specific country before setting the date there.

 

Changing surnames
Neither spouse is legally required to change their last name, however many couples choose to do so. If you do, you will need a valid marriage licensed to update your social security card. Get these important documents first to avoid confusion and facilitate further changes.

 

Combining assets

One way to avoid hassles if one spouse dies during the marriage, is to hold joint property. Generally, the ownership is passed on to the surviving spouse. For other assets than cash, such as bonds, real estate and stocks, the laws vary from state to state. If the asset is held by a title, you only need a simple administrative procedure to reflect joint ownership. However, for property held by deed, such as real estate, the rules are more complex and require a separate transaction.

 

You may also want to keep in mind other financial issues such as pre-existing debts and tax considerations before you tie the knot.

 

Once you’re married, you may want to set aside a budget for preparing a Living Will, Medical Directive and Limited Power of Attorney.

 

Bottom Line: Consider getting help from a legal expert
Aside from the issues mentioned above, unexpected legal questions regarding your wedding vendors and others may arise during the course of your engagement. That’s why it would be advisable to have a legal expert to help you out on every step of the way.

 

If you think hiring a dependable lawyer is just an added expense, LegalShield can give you access to legal protection at a rate that is easy on the pocket. Instead of billing you per transaction, you only need to pay an affordable monthly fee to get the legal advice and protection you need – from document review and more.

 

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