What You Should Know About Witnessing a Signature

22 June 2016

Witnessing a signature can sometimes be a problem with newer agents and first time buyers who don't understand the significance. Every contract and amendment provides for a witness signature.

What happens if there is no witness?

Only a person present to see the signing can witness. You cannot witness after the fact.

Does not having a witness invalidate a contract?

No, it is still valid. If you have no witness a signee may argue that they never signed a document, this is rare and usually someone will compare all the signatures. So don't worry about a witness signature. It is nice to have but not necessary. Just think about  electronic signatures, the wave of the future. There is no witness there, just computer proof through an IP address.