Legal Issues With Using a Signature Stamp

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Signature stamps can be ordered and purchased online or in office supply stores. The stamps are used in absence of the signee, in situations that call for repetitive signing or by individuals unable to manually sign a document.

Signature stamps can be ordered and purchased online or in office supply stores. The stamps are used in absence of the signee, in situations that call for repetitive signing or by individuals unable to manually sign a document.

Endorsement

A signature is proof that an individual has endorsed some type of service, completed an evaluation, authorized a check, disbursed a medical prescription and many other legally noted actions. Because a signature stamp now holds the power of a personalized signature with a dab of the ink pad, it is crucial to be careful with its use and storage.

Possible Issues

One legal issue by misuse of a signature stamp is embezzlement. This crime becomes easy when an employee, whether authorized to use the stamp or not, misuses the stamp on accounting documentation and/or checks. State legislatures differ in approval or disapproval of signature stamp use and application.

 

Unauthorized Use

If another person has permission to use a signature stamp it is a good idea to have that permission in written form and notarized. This is valid for the signature holder and the user given permission. Falsely using or misusing a signature stamp is a form of fraud.

 

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