I'm finally ready to get my legal name changed after going by Rebecca for more than two years. Unfortunately, here in Germany I need to pay the legal fees and also pay for two psychological assessments. Depending on various factors that tends to amount to a total of about 1500-3000€.
Now usually I could just simply get legal aid and have that either cover all of the fees, or, depending on my income, repay the costs of the proceedings in monthly instalments. That process lasts for 4 years though and I'd have to report every change in my income for that period. Now I don't exactly want to sit here and make barely any money for the next 4 years; realistically once I get a job and student finance next year I'll have to repay the legal fees anyway.
I was originally going to pay for the legal fees myself, using the money I was making as a streamer on twitch. Unfortunately I had to quit because I started making too much money to get health insurance under my parents' family plan. Given that I am/was completely self-employed I would've had to pay for my own health insurance, the minimum being slightly more than 300€ a month. Long story short, I started making too much money to be covered but I wasn't making enough money to really have anything left after paying my monthly bills.
My plan going forward is to find a "normal" job first of all. I would obviously love to come back to twitch and do that as a side job in the future too. Most importantly though I want to study again as soon as possible, but given the experiences I've made when I studied music for a year I just cannot go to uni again before I get my legal name change.
I currently still have a bit of money saved up, although if I'm unlucky the health insurance company may well ask for money for the period in which I was self-employed as a streamer in which case not a lot of that would be left. I also have family members that I could borrow a bit of money from if need be, but I'd obviously rather avoid that. While I *hopefully* won't need the full 2000€ I don't yet know how much I will actually have to pay or how much of my savings will be left. I also want to borrow as little as possible from my family.
Any and all donations would make my life a lot easier here right now. I really don't wanna be in debt at 20 (just because I want my legal name to finally be correct), be it to the government or my family.
Should the campaign raise more money than I will actually end up needing the extra money will likely go towards visiting my girlfriend in Austria.