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Asked on Sep 21, 2023

Witnessing a business contract: required?

I am a small business owner who is considering signing a business contract with another party. I am aware that contracts are legally binding documents, and I want to ensure that I am making the best decision for my business. I am wondering if it is necessary to have a witness present when signing the contract, and what the implications of not having a witness present would be.

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Answered 292 days ago

Merry A.

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It is not necessary to have a witness(es) witness the signing of a contract, but it can be helpful if you later wanted to content that you were coerced into signing or agreeing to terms that you protested. However, if you have such concerns, you should not sign any contract. The advantage of having a notary witness a signing is that a WA State notary will check the legal indentification of all signatories to a contract and ensure they are who they say they are; appear to be competent to understand what they're signing; etc.

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