Legally, a witness must meet the requirements of your jurisdiction, but most of the time there must be witnesses: clients often ask us if a witness should sign an agreement? Is a witness signature required? What are the rules for a contract witness? There are often two fields on agreements that a witness can sign in addition to the person signing the agreement (or the legal entity making the agreement). Does the law require a witness to sign? This becomes an even more important issue, especially if the agreement is signed with electronic signatures, as it is difficult for a witness to see someone else signing with an electronic signature. They are often not in the same physical place or in the physical presence of the other. Only the two people who enter into the contract (such as an IT contract or an SLA) must sign it. But there are a few exceptions and things to keep in mind. Many legal documents require that one person`s signature be attested by another person. These documents include: Update: Usually, you will be sued for any damage caused plus pain and suffering plus punitive damages (the latter two are limited in some states, but in others in different ways). It would probably also be a crime if you had criminal intent, but it would be very unusual for a prosecutor to agree to pursue an individual case like this unless it is part of a larger criminal enterprise. A criminal conviction would usually depend on the amount of damage caused and would often be a minor crime resulting in a year or two in prison, but states vary widely. The Law Commission`s 2019 report on the electronic execution of documents confirms that this means a physical presence: it is also a good idea (but not mandatory) that each of the parties and witnesses start on each side of the agreement except the page with the parties` signatures. If the contract has already been taken to court because of doubts about its authenticity and the court sees something similar to your name and signature, you may be asked to appear in court. When that happens, you either say, «I didn`t sign this, must be a fake,» or you say, «I signed this, and I saw these people sign it,» or whatever the truth is.

Family law agreements are concluded by each of the parties signing their name with their normal signatures at a place on the last page of the agreement, which looks like this: One of the most common types of agreements we work with is the assignment of intellectual property (IP) rights. . . .