What's to stop counterparties to a contract from later marking up their copy with changes and forging initials, or swapping signature pages from one contract to another?
Context here is executing will of relative, who owned commercial rental property. On file with accountant and bank, I have seemingly clean printed original signed copies with two signatures.
And from one tenant I have marked up copies with changes very favorable to them (scratching out scheduled rent increases in future years, property tax increase allocations, and payments for shared utilities). Tenant says he never would have signed the original lease.
Are the latter documents part of the back and forth during negotiation? Or did decedent grant concessions without telling bank? (Bank required those clauses for the financing).
(Of course am consulting a real attorney, with actual documents, etc. Just my curiosity is getting the better of me in meantime.)