Meaning of "Its" in the Signature Line of Legal Documents
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Asked by: czilla-ga
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11 Feb 2004 18:17 PST
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Question ID: 305975
Legal documents often include a multipart signature line. That is, they have a line that looks like this: By_____________________ where one actually signs, and then a line that looks like this Its______________________ where one puts one?s title. My question is simply this: as described, what does ?Its? abbreviate? I?ve done about an hour of Web searching on this and I?m about to pull out all of my hair! Searching for ?Its? is futile because you pull up every page that?s got ?its? (possessive pronoun) on it. Trying to look for legal abbreviations is futile because in legal parlance, ?abbreviation? refers to compilations of case citations. I?ve tried to back into this by looking up Latin phrases, but haven?t had much luck. I suspect the ?s? might be for sigillum (Latin for sign) but I can?t even verify that. Help!
Re: Meaning of "Its" in the Signature Line of Legal Documents
Answered By: journalist-ga on 11 Feb 2004 21:54 PST
Greetings Czilla: Release those tresses! Juggler's suggestion is spot-on: "Its" is used when signing on behalf of an entity. Contract instructions located at www.cityofseattle.net/ DCLU/SideSewer/Agreements/Special_Sewer_Connection_Contract_Instructions.pdf read: "For each entity owner, enter the date the document is signed on the Date line and the name of the entity owner on the signature line.... ? Print the name of the entity Owner on the "Printed Name" line... ? The person signing on behalf of the Owner should sign the line following "By:" ... ? After "Its" indicate the title/authority of the person signing the document on behalf of the entity. Hope this helps you keep all that hair. :) Best regards, journalist-ga Search Strategy: "signature line" contract "Its"
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