In Texas can someone other than the check writer write on the ‘memo’ line of a personal check and the check still be valid?

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In Texas can someone other than the check writer write on the ‘memo’ line of a personal check and the check still be valid?

Someone told me that it was illegal to write in the memo line on a personal check
when a patient is paying their bill. I didn’t agree but wanted to make sure.

Asked on January 2, 2018 under Business Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The memo line is legally irrelevant: it has no effect on the validity of the check, who is being paid, from what account, how much money, etc. It is there only as a convenience, for notes. So yes, someone other than the check's maker can write on the memo line legally and the check will still be valid. It's not uncommon, for example, for the check's recipient to write something on the check which will help them remember what the check for for.


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