Legal Question in Business Law in Minnesota

My wife and I are separated and she has filed for divorce. Is it legal for her to sign my name as an endorsement of a check in my name. It was in the amount of about 15000.

Asked on 2/03/12, 2:24 am

1 Answer from Attorneys

Aaron Hall Twin Cities Law Firm, LLC

It is illegal for someone to sign another person's name on a check. That is forgery. While there are times when one person can sign a check for another, the signer must still sign her own name; such circumstances include where a person has a Power of Attorney or Conservatorship. As a practical matter, spouses often forge each others names because their spouse doesn't care, but under the law, it is forgery to sign another person's name.

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Answered on 2/03/12, 6:24 am

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