The signature is widely acknowledged as the principal means of verifying and authenticating a person’s identity, especially when it comes to legal, financial and business matters. Still not many are aware of the acceptable standards of signatures, and one Tacoma-based notary is looking to educate the masses.
Tacoma, WA. — The use of signatures has been around for more than 2,000 years, and during that time, man has evolved in the way he writes his signature. For every person, a signature is unique and cannot repeated by any other person. The dynamic nature of this means of authentication makes it imperative to establish acceptable standards of signatures.
Greyhound Legal, a Tacoma notary, deals with many signed paper documents, and part of its work is to assess signatures. For them, making a distinction between good and bad signatures should not be a big issue for people, but rather the implication of the signature should of most concern. For Greyhound Legal, even if a signature is not recognizable, it does not vacate the legality of a document and make it unenforceable.
For notaries, their work is to confirm the authenticity of signatures using other sources such as a driver’s license or military ID. The nuances of signatures (penmanship and dexterity of the person signing) are not of concern. For the notary, the main work is ensuring that identity is confirmed through other sources, and once a person puts their name to paper, they legally execute their unique trademark.
Signature verification has grown to become a comprehensive field today, and experts in the field are trained to analyze handwriting. This is necessary to identify scribbles and forgeries, a growing concern with fraud cases. For such experts, their main focus is on the size, pressure, spacing and placement of writing. It’s a detail-oriented field, and customers looking to make use of such experts have to find the very best (and accurate) analysts.
Messy handwriting should not be a problem for anyone, as Greyhound Legal explains. It makes no difference if a person’s handwriting is legible or not. The content of writing is rarely the important aspect analyzed, but rather the metrics mentioned before.
For Greyhound Legal, doling out helpful information on signatures is part of the larger picture; as a legal messenger service, employees have to handle numerous signed documents and deliver them on time. The company also offers services as notaries, private investigators and trained tacticians, who specialize in surveillance, stakeouts and skip tracing.
As the company promises on its website, “Staying within the guidelines of what needs to be done and the legal parameters can be complex and a bit overwhelming at times. This is why delivering legal documents for your case is mission critical.”
Going forward, Greyhound Legal will work to continue educating customers on acceptable signatures and their implication on legal documents, as well as the need to make use of the company’s mobile notary services.
Tye G. Goetz, owner
2223 189th St E
Tacoma, WA 98445