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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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.
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.
OH! I just read a blurb saying that people prefer documents to be signed in BLUE ink - just as you said, Larry - to distinguish the original from copies! I honestly thought everyone preferred stuff signed in black! Learned something new today! Cool!
I imagine that different states have different regulations regarding the signing of documents. Thus there is probably no absolutely right or wrong answer to this question. Undoubtedly, most documents are signed in black. Blue is acceptable in LA.