This is one of those things that you never really think about yet seems to come up with surprising frequency.  As a matter of fact, I hadn’t thought much about it until the conversation came up on an email listserv I belong to.  So here’s the quick explanation in case you or someone you know ends up in this situation.

The best part is that the “what to do” part is relatively easy.  You can get the paperwork online by going here:    You’ll need to print it out, fill it out and mail it (along with the $40 fee) to:

Vital Records Changes
PO Box 30721
Lansing, MI  48909

If you want additional, certified copies they are $12 each.  You can contact the Michigan Vital Records Changes Unit by calling (517)-335-8660.  And you can always contact us if you have questions as well.

Ok, so remember how I said the “what to do” part is relatively easy?  The kicker is that the process of making the change can take some time . . . sometimes as long as 3 to 4 months!

Michael Lichterman is an estate planning attorney who helps families and business owners create a lasting legacy by planning for their Whole Family Wealth™.  This goes beyond merely planning for finances – it’s about who your are and what’s important to you.  He focuses on planning for  the “experienced” generation, the “sandwich generation” (caring for parents and children), doctors/physicians, nurses, lawyers, dentists, professionals with minor children, and family owned business succession – and he is privileged to do so from a Christian perspective.  He takes the “counselor” part of attorney and counselor at law very seriously, and enjoys creating life long relationships with his clients – many of which have become great friends.