Power Of Attorney Signature, Question???
Q: I work in a shop sellingspecialist electronic equipment and have several blind customers. Most of them (all brought together through a common hobbie) do have cheque books and do not sign there name in the more conventinual way. i.e. pen etc.. They have these nifty little stamp things. The customer asks a member of staff to fill out the cheque then to guide his or her hand over the cheque and position the stamp of there signature. The stamps were "issued" by some offical type body although i can not remember who. I will ask the next time one of them pops in for coffee. There has never been any worries about accepting cheques signed in this way, and i prusume that th banks of the isued cheque book are happy with this system as i have never had one cheque come back on us. By the way, i did try closing my eyes and signing me name... what a laugh when i looked an the squigle on the page!!! And i only sigh three letters in total of my first and last name!!!!
A: -You might be able to sign it, but could you do it in a box? I am not blind, but it took me three attempts to do my signature for my passport application as the signature must be completely within the box. It is possible for a blind person to do this, but you would need to help them find the box, the explain the exact size of the box etc. Would be much quicker and easier to use the holding hand method or a stamp. -(I am a lawyer but have no knowledge of how blind people traditionally sign documents - the following is just general law) Provided you are authorising him to sign the document, this should be fine under common-law agency principles. There is no need for this authorisation to be in writing, although if it is ever questioned you could sign a short note appointing your husband as agent for the sole purpose of signing the relevant document. I suppose this raises the catch 22 of whether you could sign such a note - if not, then perhaps you could tape-record you authorising him? There are some very rare examples of statute providing that a signature may not be by an agent, but I think you're unlikely to come across these in practice.
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