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Why must legal documents be signed only in black or blue ink?


I see legal documents which stipulate that the document can only be signed in black or blue ink. Some documents even stipulate that only blue ink can be used. Why can't we sign in red, green, or some other color?

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C L Grant (Marketing Merit) says

3 years ago
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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 3 years ago

    All good points, Marketing Merit. I'm sensing more than anything it might be because the reproduced copy is better with black or blue ink. Also, for recognizing originals, it makes sense to use blue ink.

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Larry Wall says

3 years ago
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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 3 years ago

    There may not be a law. But, a long time ago, a lawyer friend once told me that if a person signed something in red ink, the document would not be legally binding. He may have been pulling my leg.


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KEPitz says

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    Marlene Bertrand (MarleneB) 3 years ago

    I like your answer and you might be absolutely correct, especially about copying and scanning. I know blue sometimes disappears on copied pages.


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