If I don’t sign with a countersignature, am I still held liable to a contract?

I had a question about singing a medical contract before a surgery that waives my rights if there is a complication. If I have a countersignature on my driver’s license and bank account in other words, there is proof that my legal signature requires both cursive and print, but I only signed the medical contract with cursive, would I still be held liable to that contract? If so, how can I notarize the contract if I want further review from an attorney, but what I write down does not hold me liable?

Asked on April 4, 2016 under Business Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

There is no general legal requirement for a countersignature for contracts; all that is required is evidence of your agreement to the contract, such as is provided by your cursive signature. Therefore signing in cursive is enough to bind you to the contract.


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