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Questions tagged [signature]

Legal effects and validity of signatures.

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Do Legal Documents Require Signing In Standard Pen Colors?

I have a question as to whether or not legal documents signed in non standard pen colors (Anything other than blue or black) are valid. I carry a purple pen around that use for everyday writing tasks,...
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Can I sign legal documents with a smiley face?

The signature on my driver's license is a unique and identifiable smiley face :-) I use this signature to sign all legally binding documents. A lot of the time, people reject it, and request an "...
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Authorized Signature on a bank check to a customer

Does the person who is given permission to sign as the "Authorized Signature" (at the bottom of the bank check) have to sign exactly as the real Authorized Signer or just use one's own style to sign ...
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How to “sign anywhere”

For a volunteer position at a local public institution, I have been given a list of policies to which I must agree. I have no issues with the specific policies. My question is because I was asked to ...
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If there are any fully valid/legally accepted digital/electronic signature techniques in the US

After reading this from 2016 "it remains to be seen" if in the US digital/electronic signatures will be acceptable in court as a valid alternative to "wet" signatures. I'm wondering if this problem ...
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Is a document signed using software considered legally binding?

To clarify, I am asking if the following two scenarios are essentially equivalent from the legal perspective of signing an employment contract. I suspect I may be splitting hairs, but am curious ...
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Why is signature used to sign contracts and not fingerprints?

Personal signature is used to sign contracts. However it is impossible to prove the veracity of a signature, i.e. graphology is not scientific (see http://psycnet.apa.org/record/1998-07238-000) Why ...
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Would it be feasbile to sign a document with your weaker hand and claim it wasn't your signature?

For example, say I was starting a new job and needed to sign multiple documents to start. I agree to the majority of the documents but there is one document I don't want to sign, so instead I sign ...
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What if somebody copies your signature on a contract that says you can't sue them?

What can the person do in such cases? And further more, what can the judge do to stop this paradox?
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Is it legal to electronically sign a rental lease in South Australia?

is it legal to 'electronically sign' a lease / bond arrangement? https://www.docusign.com/how-it-works/legality/global/australia states that it's not legal for "some property transactions in South ...
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Witness sabotaging a document with wrong signature

Suppose you are asked to sign a document (a will, marriage certificate, deed poll, etc.) as a witness. You secretly disapprove of the thing taking place and therefore attempt to sabotage the document ...
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Fraud.signature

A simliar question was asked about frauding over a signature. My question is what if they copy and pasted your signature to a contract.of course the person has proof that this signature was done ...
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Is a contract valid if one of the party doesn't even read it?

You might think someone must be stupid to sign a contract without even reading it. Yet I see it happen all the time, when contracts are just too long and there's no time to read stuff you suppose you ...
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What is the point of signatures?

Signing a document to show your agreement is very common, but signatures seem very easy to forge. Nowadays, with electronic signatures it is trivial - some software doesn't even include your actual ...
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Is a touch screen signature considered an electronic signature?

I am dealing with an entity that is insisting that I need to print out a document, sign it, and then scan the signed document to get it as a PDF. Initially, I had pulled the document up on my tablet, ...
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Can an NYC landlord decline to return a lease renewal by alleging (to me) that my signature is forged?

I have a rent stabilized apartment, and the management company that owns the building generally does not provide timely lease renewals. This year, after I once again had to cajole them into (belatedly)...
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Can a signature be valid without a name datum associated with it?

I noticed that my signature got less readable over time, but improved in unique characteristics which is a positive development in my opinion, since I never see a form without a field for first and ...
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How can clicking on “I agree with …” have any legal weight?

Many times you have to agree with some conditions or terms on website by checking the "I agree" checkbox or clicking some button. Or this - we are working on an agreement email for our client - our ...
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Are you liable to your email signature regardless of email address?

This question is related to this case. As far as I understand, email address (the domain) is like the letterhead. Email sent from an unofficial domain is not official. For example, if I send an ...
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Does ripping up the only signed contract form invalidate it?

Suppose I sign a contract in front of witnesses, but then immediately tear it up. Is the contract still binding?
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Is a document considered falsified if it has no stamp or signature?

So if we have a falsified document (diploma, certificate, official documents, etc.), with all the correct information, submitted in electronic version, but Without a signature/stamp With a signature/...
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What gives e-signatures legal standing/force in the United States?

Having seen language in digital contract signing that basically say that you have to agree to use an e-signature as a signature, I feel like there's a bit of a problem in that needing to agree to use ...
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Previous Employer using my electronic Signature

My previous employer uses an electronic signature program to execute General Tenancy Agreements. I have since left the company in August. However, it has been made known to me that the company is ...
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Is it legal for a school to ask students to scan their signature and send it?

We are about 40 students at the end of college in Quebec, Canada and we are about to have an internship for our last semester. During our meeting today, the teachers talked about lots of things ...
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Why was my digitized signature rejected?

I really dislike printing out an electronic form (i.e. PDF) just to sign and re-scan it, especially if I'm going to just send out a digital copy anyway. So, usually I just paste a scanned image of my ...
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Why do legal documents often have a place next to the date?

I am talking about Switzerland. So why is there often a line for the place next to the date? Is it for some historic reason, to be easier to archive or is it to prevent fraud? Does anybody know more ...
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How do I know what I am signing on handheld digital stylus signature devices?

I'm talking about the handheld signature devices that the UPS guy has, or the credit card POS system that stores have you sign with the stylus on when completing a return. It's always a completely ...
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Is signing a document useless if no one checks the signature?

I understand that signing something creates legal binding between parties as the signature should somehow match the person. What if the person decide the sign with his left hand and just draw a line ...
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What is the remedy if a lawyer forges a client's signature on a will?

Assume that a lawyer forges his or her client's signature on a will. What is the remedy for anyone who believes they've been injured by the execution of the will?
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Electronic signature in France

In France, the Article 1316-3 (mirror) created by Law n°2000-230 on March 13, 2000 - art. 3 JORF March 14 2000 says that: "L'écrit sur support électronique a la même force probante que l'écrit sur ...
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How can HelloSign claim unauthenticated electronic signature process is legally valid? (US)

HelloTech has a series of documents they want potential technicians to sign. These are delivered by an email containing a link to their documents in the HelloSign document-signing service. Clicking ...
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When (if ever) is USPS's Certified Mail/Registered Mail/Signature/etc. valid for proof in court?

Something really confuses me about the whole legal aspect of confirming you sent someone mail. USPS has different types of mail (e.g. Certified Mail) for "proving" you sent your mail (e.g. tax ...
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Protection against late signature on a lease

Let's say Aaron (property owner) and Bob (prospective tenant) are considering entering into a lease. They reach preliminary agreement verbally, and so Aaron drafts a lease agreement, signs it, and ...
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What is the liability of a person who signs as a witness?

I've seen this answer and this answer, but the answers don't entirely explain some things. For example, long back my boss wanted my signature as a witness signature on a contract for one of his ...
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should employment contracts be signed by organization officers?

I am looking at contract, which the employer is telling me they do not have to sign. My understanding is that all parties in a contract should sign to acknowledge the read and agree to the terms. This ...
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Is using a qualified electronical signature an option or a right legally seen?

Nowadays, many countries have introduced the idea of qualified electronic signatures (QES), which are digital signatures which also need to meet some special requirements to ensure the public-key to ...
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Rubber stamp seal is crossed by a line, still legal ?

If a document with a round company seal placed bottom of the document and if, it's been crossed with one line, it seems like the line is a part of the signature, but sometimes if it seems like it's a ...
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Officially voiding a contract after both parties agree to void it

Two parties agreed to be bound by a contract after (electronically, not digitally) signing an online contract which both parties have downloaded to their PC. Now the parties had a good ol' chat and ...
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Can or will a notary public sign a contract as a witness?

I have a medical records request form and I need someone to sign as a witness. My first thought is that I should have a notary do this. Is this legal?
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Signing vs initialing a contract

When should/are initials used, in the context of a contract? How are they different from a signature of a full name? Come to think of it, is it required that a person's signature be their first and ...
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In Australia, Is it legal to sign a document as somebody else?

I have received several documents from a company demanding money (incorrect sums of it). I noticed that while the document always contains the same persons name on the signature line there appears to ...
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What options does a wife have for cashing a check made out to both husband and wife?

The specific situation in mind is a check from an insurance company in payment for an insurance claim for damages to a home jointly owned by H and W. The check is made out to both. It was sent to ...
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Why is s-signature valid?

S-signature is a signature in this form: (assuming the person is named Alice): /s/Alice of /Alice/ Since anyone can reproduce it, why is it valid?
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How to prove that someone forged my signature on a contract that I was not aware of?

I found this similar question that already has an accepted answer. However, I don't fully like that answer because it says that "signed contract would not be binding if you can prove that it is fraud"....
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Is an electronic signature legally binding if one of the parties is hosting the contract?

When is an electronic signature (IP address, timestamp, and checkbox or PNG of the signature) on a contract legally binding? Can a contract be legally binding if it is hosted by one of the parties and ...
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Gpg signature document

The following is a hypothetical question only. If a hypothetical person (living in Michigan) signs a paper document with both their signature and gpg key stating the key is valid as their signature, ...
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Sending an Email on behalf of someone else (email spoofing)

Many phishing and spear-phishing operators employ mail spoofing techniques to get their target to open emails, read them and act on them. When acted upon, the phisher either steals something or gets ...
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Can I electronically “sign” a lease agreement?

My landlord emailed me a copy of our new lease as a PDF document. I am to print it out, initial each page and then sign and date the last page, scan it, and email it back to him. Can't I simply ...
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If you sign a signature pad, without seeing what it's for, is it binding?

You sign something on a signature pad, and only after you've signed it, receive the printed statement with the full statement which you've supposedly acknowledged prior to signing, but have never ...
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Do scans of signed documents have the same legal power as the original document?

It is quite common for various parties online to exchange signed documents in signed form (such as contracts for remote work). Would these documents have any power in a court of law? Is it necessary ...