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How to sign Documents with Power of Attorney &
How to complete a signing when signer cannot sign their name
STEPS TO SIGNING DOCUMENTS WITH A
POWER OF ATTORNEY; P.O.A.
Have your power of attorney document with you when you sign anything on the principal’s behalf. The entity or person with whom your'e contracting will probably want proof that the principal has authorized you to act for her. Ideally, the principal has already provided copies to all institutions with whom she expects you to deal, but don't count on this.
Sign the principal’s name first, not your own. This eliminates any confusion that you’re acting in your own interests or assuming any personal liability for what you’re signing. The principal is actually the one engaging in the transaction.
Sign your own name after the principal’s name, after including the word “by.” This indicates that the principal is engaging in the transaction through you. For example, you would write, “Sally Jones, by Samuel Smith.”
End the signature by indicating that you’re acting under power of attorney. You can do this in one of several ways. After your name, you can write in the words “agent,” “attorney in fact,” “power of attorney” or simply, “POA.” Your final signature should read similar to:
"Sally Jones, by Samuel Smith, Power of Attorney."
or:: Sally Jones, by Samuel Smith, PoA."
Initials for ALL loan doc pages: SJ by SS POA
STEPS TO COMPLETE A SIGNATURE BY MARK
(go to my Free Notary Forms Page to download an example)
A person who cannot write his or her name still can acknowledge his or her signature on a document, or subscribe and swear to an affidavit, by making a mark. (California Civil Code section 14.) The notary public also must perform the following additional steps:
The signer can make a mark where his or her signature should be in the presence of the notary public or can acknowledge that the mark in the place for a signature is his or her mark. The mark may be a symbol, thumbprint, etc.
Two persons must observe the signer making his/her mark and they must sign their own names as witnesses on the document. One of the witnesses must write the signer's name next to his/her mark before signing his/her own name next to the signer's name..
The signer by his or her mark must include his or her mark in the notary public journal. To qualify as a signature, the making of the mark (in the notary public journal) must be witnessed byan individual; who must write the person’s name next to the mark and, then, sign his or her own name as a witness.
The witnesses are not identified and do not have to know the signer, they are verifying that they witnessed the mark. If the witnesses were acting in the capacity of credible witnesses in establishing the identity of the person signing by mark, then the witnesses’ signatures must be entered in the notary public public’s journal.”
I am not an attorney. Therefore, I cannot and will not give legal advice or guidance
concerning any transactions or the documents related thereto.