For a Declaration of Value page on a Bill of Lading for a move, if the document is not completely filled out, is it still valid?

That is, if it says the document must be initialed and signed but it is only signed, is it still considered complete?

Asked on June 24, 2014 under Business Law, Wisconsin


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

It will likely, but not necessarily or automatically, be considered valid. In assessing the validity of agreements and whether they were executed by the parties, courts look not to the formalities, but to whether or not their is evidence that the parties signaled their assent or agreement to be bound. If the agreement is signed, a court would likely enforce it, unless there is some evidence that the non-initialed pages were replaced or changed after the fact by one of the parties.

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