Are handwritten receipts valid in a court of law if they are signed by the parties?

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Are handwritten receipts valid in a court of law if they are signed by the parties?

I have received a receipt for paying off a vehicle and the receipt that I received had a lower amount than that of which they say I currently owe. I would like to know if a handwritten receipt by the collector is valid if brought into a court of law to prove that this is what I currently owe?

Asked on January 9, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, Michigan

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Handwritten receipts especially if fully written out by the other side and signed by him or her are even better than a typed out receipt that is only signed by the person who sold the vehicle that you are writing about. The best type of recept is if the signature on the document is actually notarized by a notary public.

The issue that I see regarding your matter is that the seller of the vehicle that you bought may claim that the receipt that you have does not bear his or her signature upon it. Be prepared to get other documents that the seller signed to show that the receipt is actually signed by the seller for any court appearance that you may have.


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