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Asked on: 11/15/12, 10:06 am

Can a proxy signature be used for designing a stamp to be used on legal documents? The person's handwriting is so illegible that he is seeking another person to sign his name for the stamp. Are there any issues with this practice?

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Answered on: 11/15/12, 1:21 pm by Stephen Messutta

Technically the person whose signature is required on a document is the person who must sign a document. In the "old days" if a person was illiterate or unable to write for some other reason, they might put an "X" for their signature and have a witness attest it was their signature, which is actually one main reason why the idea of having "witness" signatures on documents got started in the first place. Technically a person can authorize another person to apply a "rubber stamp" signature but that can be risky. Otherwise, the "safest" way for one person to be authorized to sign things for another person is under a statutory power of attorney.

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