Have you ever felt overwhelmed signing a legal contract?

You are not alone. Many people find signing legal agreements intimidating not only because it signifies commitment, but also because it can be difficult to understand unfamiliar legal terms or simply how to execute the document itself.

Don’t let these factors put you off. Executing a document doesn’t need to be complicated, and if anything, signing a legal contract usually means you are beginning or preparing for a new chapter in your personal or professional life.

As a business owner, landlord, or any individual for that matter, it’s important to learn the basics of signing contracts for your own protection and understanding.

To get you started, here are some tips on executing a legal document, including where, when, and how to sign your name.

Signing Legal Contracts [Infographic]

Posted by Kristy DeSmit

Kristy is a blogger, Twitter enthusiast, and company legalese interpreter.


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  2. Patricia Doucet January 27, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    when signing a will if your full name John Allen Doe but usually sign your name John Doe is that okay?

  3. Hi Patricia,

    Yes, you should sign your document how you would normally sign your name on other documents, checks, or government identification (such as your photo ID).

  4. If a contract is signed but the other party puts this is not a legal binding contract does that make the contract could,?

  5. Hi Jill,

    In order for a contract to be valid, both parties must freely agree to the terms. Please refer to the following resources, What Makes a Contract Invalid? and Unenforceable Contracts: What to Watch Out For for more information, or consult with a lawyer for advice regarding your specific situation.

  6. Hi

    Must both parties have a copy of contract.or must there be 2 contracts which both parties signed on the day.if the partner does not give copy , is the contract still valid.

  7. Hi,

    It is generally best practice to provide each party with a copy of the agreement for their records. For more information, please contact a local attorney.

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