How to Sign a Contract for a Business Entity

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Sign a business document correctly to protect yourself from legal repercussions. Businesses are exempt from certain rules and taxes that apply to an individual doing business in a personal capacity. If you sign for a company with just your name, rules applying to a business may no longer apply. Sign a document so it is clear you are an agent of the company. A business cannot sign a document itself, but an authorized agent can create a legally binding signature on behalf of the company.

  • Make sure you have the right to be signing the document for the company. If there are multiple levels of management and you aren't sure, ask your supervisor. People who may have a legal right to create signatures for a business include directors, partners, officers and managers.

  • Sign your name. Follow it with a comma.

  • Write "as" and then write your title in the company. If you're operating a small limited liability company or corporation you started and haven't chosen your title yet, you can choose to be the president, managing member or manager, depending on the type of structure.

  • Write "of" after your title, then write the name of the business entity.

Tips & Warnings

  • To be considered valid, a contract being signed on behalf of a larger company should be signed by two directors, by a director and a secretary or by a sole director who is also the sole secretary.

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