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The right way to sign a contract

When creative freelancers sign a contract, it is critical that they sign the contract correctly.

In a previous post, we explains the right way to identify a party in a contract and explained why it matters so much (in short, because the party is the one liable under the contract). You may want to review that post before reading this one. And you can check out this post to learn more about electronic signatures.

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Individuals

For individuals, have the individual sign and print their individual name in the signature block. It’s best to use their formal legal name (ie, Christopher rather than Chris), although that isn’t necessarily required in most situations.

Here’s an example:

Sign: __________________
Print: __________________

Business Entities

For business entities, you need to be sure you use their actual legal business name (not an abbreviation or fictitious name) in the signature block. (For more on that, see this post.) Once you have that legal name, use it in the signature block above the signature. The person signing should sign their name, print their name, and also print their title.

Here’s an example:

NewCo, LLC

Sign: __________________
Print: __________________
Title: __________________

What About DBAs (Fictitious Names)?

A “DBA,” “Doing Business As,” or a “Fictitious Name,” is just that: a fake name. (For more on that, see this post.)

In the signature block, it’s best to just use the signature formats outlined above. However, if you want to use the DBA there, you might do it like this:

Chris Brown
(d/b/a Brown Enterprises)

Sign: __________________
Print: __________________

NewCo, LLC
(d/b/a Brown Enterprises)

Sign: __________________
Print: __________________
Title: __________________

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