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.


y name title on a contract’s signature block

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)

Personal 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. 

By: (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“ 

Business signature

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.

For example:


By: (signature)

Name: Dora Smith 

Title: President 

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.


How are signature blocks used to sign a contract’s by name title?

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.

Customize, manage, and eSign contracts with PandaDoc

Signing and managing contracts is often a complex process that requires attention to minor details.

Signature blocks are crucial for most contracts as they work as digital stamps and let the recipient learn more about the author.

Error-free and professional-looking contracts require a signer to know where to put their name, their title and to accurately e-sign.

PandaDoc makes creating your personal signature blocks a breeze, and ready for use in numerous contract templates.