I've done all the basics to make it legal ... DMV, Social Security, etc., but the amount of paperwork and the volume of companies that hold your identity is astounding - from credit cards and bank accounts, to gym memberships, utility companies, pet insurance and microchipping. It takes a lot of time and patience.
I have two outstanding items left to do in order to make myself 100-percent Romani. My resolution for 2010 is to finally complete the process.
For all of you anticipating the process in the coming year, I highly recommend a name change kit. It doesn't help you fill out the paperwork, but it provides you with direction and all the necessary forms. I never would have figured out the form I needed for social security if I hadn't been provided with it by my kit. And I never would have known about some of the places I needed to inform if I hadn't been guided.
Here are two great resources, totally worth the money:
Miss Now Mrs, $19.95 (Basic) to $29.95 (Complete)
The Knot's Name Change Kit, $29.95
What are your resolutions???