Oh, there he goes off to his room to write that hit song "Alone in my principles."
Question #88680 posted on 12/29/2016 12:46 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What constitutes a signature, legally speaking? For the past several years I've been signing my name on receipts as 'Joe Biden', trying to imitate his signature as closely as possible. I have now decided to switch to something more timeless (because there's no way in heck I'm signing as 'Mike Pence') but the insignia I've adopted is very clearly a fake name and doesn't match my real name near at all. Is it legal if I start using this signature as my official signature? I can't imagine it wouldn't be since some who can't sign their name just sign an 'X'...

-formerly Joe Biden


Dear The Signaturist Formerly Known as Joe Biden,

According to Legal Beagle (which I did not necessarily fact check but assume is official because how could anyone with that cute of a name lie?), your intent is what matters when signing a legal document. The signature itself, or what it says, doesn't as long as you know what you're signing for and consent to it.

As an anecdote, my dad signs everything (including legal documents) as "Spongebob Squarepants." Before Spongebob was around, he apparently used Donald Duck. You do you, formerly Joe Biden. You do you.

-Van Goff


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