AN AUTOGRAPH OR SIGNATURE UNDER DURESS IS NOT LEGALLY BINDING! But there ARE ways to autograph/sign one’s name to indicate that it was done under duress.
“Actus me invito factus, non est meus actus.“ – An act done by me against my will, is not my act. [Bouvier’s Law Dictionary]
1) To attempt to exempt yourself of liability and indicate that you are under duress while autographing/signing your name, you must write it in both upper AND lower case letters.
We have all heard about the legal straw men that corporate governments set up on our behalves when we are born. The names of these straw men are ALWAYS written in ALL upper case letters. In order to distance yourself from this straw man, it is imperative to AUTOGRAPH/SIGN YOUR NAME DIFFERENTLY. Capitalize your first, middle and last names, as well as any prefixes and suffixes. If they just want your first and last name, autograph your middle name as well. Also add a prefix and suffix if possible.
EXAMPLE: Instead of autographing/signing “JOHN SMITH,” write:
“Mr. John Allen Smith, III” [minus the quotation marks].
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