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Word (Seal) at signature line

Word (Seal) at signature line

Why do I often see (seal) beside each signature spot, am I to put my seal there?
The term "witness my hand and seal" on documents refers to the signers hand (signature) and seal...not to a notarial seal.

There was a time, and in some states possibly still is true, when documents were signed under seal.  They usually related to corporate documents and documents to be recorded in the land records.  If the signer could not sign his name, he used his seal. The requirement of a document signed under seal (signer's seal ...not notarial) is a requirement that dates back to a time when most people were illiterate.  They were unable to sign their names, so they used their seal.  If they were of a noble house they used a family coat of arms usually in the form of a signet ring impressed in sealing wax.  If they were of common origin they simply used an "X" or other pictograph.  The seal is most often seen on deeds. In many states the requirement of the seal can be satisfied by the word seal written in parentheses (Seal) or the letters LS in parentheses (L.S.) of course if the signer has a formal seal this may also be used. Corporations often apply their respective corporate seal.  This is generally done by the corporate Secretary as keeper of the corporate seal.  By today's standards of literacy the signer of the document is simply required to sign his name, and if his seal is required after his signature, it usually takes the form of (Seal) or (L.S.).

Linda Kassis
Certified Signing Agent and Instructor
www.unitednotaries.org/linda
www.halitek.com
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