I’m putting this in GQ because I’m looking for a factual answer about signatures.
I’m subletting my apartment for the month, and I drew up a short little contract just to ensure I don’t come back to a trashed apartment or anything.
So I mailed her the contract (she’s not here yet) and she signed it and mailed it back, but her signature is basically just four loops connected by one line. Like, in cursive, it would look like this: l___l___l___l where the "l"s are looped.
My question is, is this enforceable? I mean if that’s really the way she signs her name then I guess I’m covered, but couldn’t she claim she never signed it, since it doesn’t even look like a name? So where do we draw the line (no pun intended) with messy signatures? At what point do they become gibberish that wouldn’t stand up in court?
(Just for the record, I’m not too worried about this girl; the situation just got me wondering about what would happen with larger transactions.)