How do you know someone signing an agreement has the right to do so?


Always, wondered this, and never found a good answer. Guess the opposite applies, too -- how do you know someone does NOT have the right to enter a legal agreement on behalf of a company?

Please cite sources: US Federal Law and/or Case Law Thanks!

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asked Oct 23 '10 at 05:01
Blunders .
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You don't know, though sometimes you can do research to gain comfort.

In practical terms, one relies on:

  • The signing individual's representation that s/he has authority to bind the company. If that representation proves to be false, you can go after him / her personally.
  • The fact that, under certain circumstances, an individual with apparent authority can bind a company, even if s/he did not have actual authority. Please see "Who Can Sign a Contract for a Corporation? "

Disclaimer: This post does not constitute legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

answered Oct 23 '10 at 07:24
Dana Shultz
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  • **@Dana Shultz:** Thanks, that's the same answer I've come to in the past, but nice to know it still holds true. Cheers! – Blunders . 13 years ago

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