What are the rules/conventions/meanings for using all caps in legal documents?
Someone mentioned to me that Citizens are really legal fictions represented on legal documents (government and banking) by the all caps version of our legal name. I looked at all my documents and it's true. My name always appears in all caps on any banking or government document.
I've done a little searching, but have only discovered the legal convention using all caps for conspicuous text. There maybe some vague reference to a name being in all caps signifying a synonym of the real person, but that's stretching it. Can you shed any light on this? Thanks, Allan
The "All in caps" text is normally used for proper nouns, names, appellatives and especially warnings, most likely at the bottom side of some official contracts in which certain clauses are to be highlighted (but the funny part is that this text is also written in a much to smaller font in respect to its importance).
Regarding your question in respect to names, I guess this can be explained by the typing software the back office staff is using for typing the documents, I do not think there is any hidden or notable purpose of writing all these in caps...Anyway, good question!
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