When signing a legal agreement, does it need to be notarized and do all members need to be present at the same time to sign it?

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When signing a legal agreement, does it need to be notarized and do all members need to be present at the same time to sign it?

Asked on June 12, 2014 under Business Law, New York

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Maury Beaulier / MinnesotaLawyers.com

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

There is nothing that "requires" notarization for a contract tio be binding and there is no requirement htathe members of the contract sign at the same time.  However, those options certainly make an executed contract far more difficult to dispute. 

Shawn Jackson / The Jackson Law Firm, P.C.

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

Well, as to the NOTARY requirement, keep in mind that the main purpose of the notary process is to eliminate or reduce the argument that is often posed in that "that is not my signature" response. The necessity of the notary depends upon the subject matter of the agreement and your relevant state law...and it doesn't hurt to have any agreement "notarized". As to the "same room" issue, the answer is "no"...but you will want to make sure that everyone is signing the same original document unless the agreement allows for seperate signatures on seperate documents to be "intergrated" as one.

Shawn Jackson California Business Attorney/Mediator


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