Most contracts do not become legally binding until it has the signatures of each party involved.
By signing off on a document, it confirms each party’s agreement and intention of executing the terms in the contract.
As the universal symbol for proof of agreement, it’s important you know why, when and how to sign your name, as well as who should sign where.
A signature is a mark that identifies the individual who created it. Unless otherwise legally expressed, a signature can be written with loops, ascenders, descenders, special characters or signs, as long as it remains consistent from contract to contract.
One topic we discuss at my “Language and Layout” seminars is when it’s appropriate to have signatories date their signatures, as opposed to relying on the date stated in the introductory clause.
Is it legal to comply with the request or must it always be refused outright?
Alternatively, is there a way of legally trying to achieve the required objective?
(This is discussed in at 1.16–21 and 4.3–7.) In a couple of recent seminars I was asked what one does if, in a contract that provides for dated signatures, a signatory fails to date their signature.
Presumably this problem can arise when the signatory sends in the signature page by email or fax.