The signature date is, unsurprisingly, the date written next to or below the signature of each party, showing the date they signed the contract. Contracts can also, confusingly, contain defined dates such as commencement date, effective date or start date.
Do you have to date a signature on a contract?
A contract does not need a date to be valid. Most times, it will simply begin on the day it is signed.
How should contracts be signed?
When signing a written contract, an individual should sign the contract in the appropriate place by signing their full name as set out in the body of the document or with their full first name or initial followed by their surname.
Is a document legally binding if signed?
A document thats legally binding can be upheld in court. Any agreement that two parties make can be legally enforced, whether its written or verbal. Their signature is proof of their acceptance of the contract. The signature binds both parties to the terms.
Is a contract legally binding without a date?
Contracts must be signed by the parties involved in the agreement. Legally, a date is not required; if there is an expected timeline but a listed date is not on the contract, it is not considered enforceable. If the contract is undated but is marked as for consideration, it is still valid.
Should a employment contract be signed by both parties?
There is no legal requirement for an employment contract to be signed by either party. However, it is clearly in the employers interests to obtain a signed agreement, otherwise it may be difficult to establish what the terms are. The employees signature signifies consent to what is set out in the contract.