My world is filled with paper. . .  I've got papers all over my desk, papers on my counter and even papers in my car.  Some day I WILL get away from all the paper.  But I'm a lawyer so. . .try as I might to take my business online I still need the paper.  I have significantly reduced the paper in my life at least in transitioning from litigation to business law.  I cannot describe to you how many trees the litigation field kills every year.  We go through our very own forest.    Now a part of my daily life is contracts.  As a business owner this is part of your world too.  Contracts are agreements to do something and you can't run a business without encountering contracts.    One of the most important things you can do for your business is to make sure that your contracts are solid, including how you are signing them.    I know it seems basic but you would not believe how many people get this wrong.   And yes, there IS a wrong way and a right way.   Why is it important to sign the contract correctly?  Well, if a dispute arises over the terms of the contract then the Law of Contracts will determine the contract's validity.  One of the most important aspects will become whether the contract is legally signed, both in HOW it is signed and by WHOM---a person with authority to sign on behalf of the business.  If the contract is not signed correctly then it can be declared invalid and that could affect your business.  Also, you don't want to expose yourself to personal liability for the business.   Therefore, how you sign the contracts for your business is very important.  Below you'll find some guidance on how to sign a contract for your business depending on your legal structure.   If you are a sole proprietor then you are the business and you should sign as follows:  _______________  Michelle L. Adams  Sole Proprietor     If you are legally a sole proprietor but use a d/b/a for your business then sign as follows:  ______________  Michelle L. Adams   d/b/a The Legal Seller     If you are a corporation, sign as follows:  The Legal Seller, Inc.  _________________  By:  Michelle L. Adams, President     If you operate under a fictitious name for your corporation, sign as follows:  Adams Law, Inc. d/b/a The Legal Seller  _________________  By:  Michelle L. Adams, President     If you have an LLC, the difference is you are legally known as a "member":  Adams Law LLC  _________________  By:  Michelle L. Adams, Member     But if you are signing as the CEO, then sign as follows:  The Legal Seller Corp.  ____________________  By:  Michelle Adams, CEO     or:  ___________________  Michelle L. Adams, CEO  oh behalf of The Legal Seller INC.     Hopefully these points help you sign your contracts with the correct legal designation.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!                     
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My world is filled with paper. . .

I've got papers all over my desk, papers on my counter and even papers in my car.  Some day I WILL get away from all the paper.  But I'm a lawyer so. . .try as I might to take my business online I still need the paper.  I have significantly reduced the paper in my life at least in transitioning from litigation to business law.  I cannot describe to you how many trees the litigation field kills every year.  We go through our very own forest.  

Now a part of my daily life is contracts.  As a business owner this is part of your world too.  Contracts are agreements to do something and you can't run a business without encountering contracts.  One of the most important things you can do for your business is to make sure that your contracts are solid, including how you are signing them.

I know it seems basic but you would not believe how many people get this wrong.  And yes, there IS a wrong way and a right way.  Why is it important to sign the contract correctly?  Well, if a dispute arises over the terms of the contract then the Law of Contracts will determine the contract's validity.  One of the most important aspects will become whether the contract is legally signed, both in HOW it is signed and by WHOM---a person with authority to sign on behalf of the business.  If the contract is not signed correctly then it can be declared invalid and that could affect your business.  Also, you don't want to expose yourself to personal liability for the business. 

Therefore, how you sign the contracts for your business is very important.  Below you'll find some guidance on how to sign a contract for your business depending on your legal structure. 

If you are a sole proprietor then you are the business and you should sign as follows:

_______________

Michelle L. Adams

Sole Proprietor

 

If you are legally a sole proprietor but use a d/b/a for your business then sign as follows:

______________

Michelle L. Adams 

d/b/a The Legal Seller

 

If you are a corporation, sign as follows:

The Legal Seller, Inc.

_________________

By:  Michelle L. Adams, President

 

If you operate under a fictitious name for your corporation, sign as follows:

Adams Law, Inc. d/b/a The Legal Seller

_________________

By:  Michelle L. Adams, President

 

If you have an LLC, the difference is you are legally known as a "member":

Adams Law LLC

_________________

By:  Michelle L. Adams, Member

 

But if you are signing as the CEO, then sign as follows:

The Legal Seller Corp.

____________________

By:  Michelle Adams, CEO

 

or:

___________________

Michelle L. Adams, CEO

oh behalf of The Legal Seller INC.

 

Hopefully these points help you sign your contracts with the correct legal designation.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!