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Sign here, not there

Pay close attention when your client is authorising a document because chances are they're missing the point, says Kate Davies

2 May 2014

Please sign where indicated. It seems like an obvious instruction with clear direction. People have lots of documents to
sign, not just official legal paperwork, so you’d expect them to be familiar with the concept. I have lost count of the number of times that I have written these four small, apparently simple, words.

I have also lost count of
how many signatures end up anywhere but where indicated. And I know that I am not the only practitioner to encounter this problem.

My colleagues have shared their tales of woe. They include: signatures on almost every page of the document except by the execution clause, signatories using a pencil instead of the standard pen,
and signing next to the wrong party’s name. I could go on.

Also, which is perhaps more telling, entire product lines have been devised to indicate exactly where a...

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