What is “By name title” on a contract?
By name title on a contract’s signature block is represented as followed:
- “By” — the place where a person (often the representative of a company) signs.
- “Name” — the name of the entity or person signing the contract.
- “Title” — applies to the person and the position that person holds that’s acting on behalf of a company and/or as a representative of another person.
What is “its” in a signature line?
“Its” designates what position the signing person holds at the company in order to give evidence that the signer is authorized to sign on behalf of the company — it carries the same weight as the word “Title” used in the example above.
“Its” and “By” differences on a contract’s signature line
- “Its” line is where the person’s title — such as “President” — is inserted.
- “By” line is where the person who is signing — in our example Dora Smith — places their signature.
3 scenarios under which a person signs a contract
There are three scenarios under which a person can sign a contract:
- A person signs on their own behalf (personal signature)
- A person signs after being granted power of attorney (POA) to act on behalf of someone else or a designated entity (power of attorney signature)
- A person with the legal authority to sign on behalf of a business entity (business signature)
Carrying over our hypothetical example, for a personal signature the “Name” field will be the signer’s name (in our example, Dora Smith) and the “By” field will be the signer’s signature.
Name: Dora Smith
Power of attorney signature
In this scenario, if Dora Smithhas authorized David Brook to sign as power of attorney, then David Brook will place a signature in the “By” field and one of these options in the “Name” field:
- “David Brook, POA for Dora Smith” or
- “David Brook, acting Power of Attorney for Dora Smith“
When Dora Smith represents Company A as President, then:
- The “Name” field will be Company A;
- The “By” field will be Dora Smith and “Title” will be President.
COMPANY A, Inc.
Name: Dora Smith
How are signature blocks used to sign a contract’s by name title?
A signature block is a personalized block of text that allows a recipient to get more information about the author or is used to verify the overall legality of contracts.
These blocks are automatically appended at the bottom of a contract.
A signature block in contract usually contains the following information:
- The name of the signing person;
- Company name;
- The position held by the signer;
- The function of the signer;
- The date on which the contract was signed;
- Other data that the party wants to share (contact info, email address, etc.);
- A final line with the signature of the signing person.
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