Who's authorized to sign contract???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by mowerman90, Aug 27, 2006.

  1. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I normally do only residential accounts but a nice commercial account has pretty much fallen into my lap. The reason I'm cautious is because years ago I did a commercial account and the corporate lawyer called me up saying that the office manager who signed the contract didn't have authority to sign. My question is: how do I know (for certain) that the person signing the contract is actually authorized to sign contracts.
  2. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    In our contracts we have this writing at the bottom of the contract right above were they sign:

    By signing below the signer represents that he/she has the legal authority to bind the Owner/Tenant to this contract:

    I dunno, but the lawyer I paid asked if we do commercial establishments and I said yes. So he said put this in so you don't run into the problem above. Or, if I do I have the ability to go after that person.
  3. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
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    whoever you authorize to sign ..................

    for us it is our owner, me, and one other employee...
  4. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The owner, manager or authorized agents of either by signing agrees to.........

    Someone gonna pay :)
  5. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
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  6. Dunn's

    Dunn's LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Just sounds like you got one of those crooked company's. That never wants to pay their contractors,and there are alot of these out there.One of the biggest pizza delivery companies in the country tries that tactic you explained all the time. Oh yeah the companys name starts with a D. You know which one I'm talking about.
  7. befnme

    befnme LawnSite Bronze Member
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    have the district manager to sign and also send it to corporate (if corporately owned) or the owner if it is a franchise to be signed, notarized, and returned before work is commenced .
  8. MMLawn

    MMLawn LawnSite Gold Member
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    If it is an INC, LLC, etc then in most states it must be signed by one of the Corp officers for it to be legal. It must also have the Corp seal affixed to it.

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