There are two main ways to sign on behalf of someone else: through procuration or power of attorney.
In a Business Setting
There are a number of situations in a business setting where one member of a company is asked to sign on behalf of someone else. Whether in a warehouse or a large corporation, it is relatively common for an assistant to sign on behalf of a manager or a vice president to sign on behalf of the president. This normally happens when the original signer is too busy or unavailable to sign the document.
While each employer has a preferred way of managing the signing process, there is an official name and manner to sign on behalf of another person. Signing on behalf of someone else is referred to as procuration, according to The Law Dictionary. Generally speaking, when signing on behalf of someone else in a business setting, one precedes the signature with "p.p." which stands for per procurationem. This serves to alert the reader that someone has signed on behalf of the person whose name appears in the document. If a large number of letters or documents are being sent out, or in the case of form letters, it is also common to use a signature stamp.
Power of Attorney
Another very common situation where someone signs on someone elseдуЅн_М»s behalf is through power of attorney. In the case of power of attorney, one person, called the principal, appoints another, called the attorney-in-fact, to act on behalf of him or her. Using power of attorney is most common in cases where a person is either absent from the country for extended periods of time or with a person who is either approaching old age and would like someone to be responsible for his or her affairs, or someone who is ill and wants to appoint another person to take care of his or her financial and legal affairs in case he or she is unable to do so.
There are two main types of power of attorney: general and specific or limited. A general power of attorney is a very broad statement that allows the attorney-in-fact to be in full control of an entire set дуЅн_нс or sometimes all дуЅн_нс of the affairs of the principal. A specific power of attorney, sometimes known as a limited power of attorney is designed to give control over a limited set of tasks. For example, managing a real estate transaction.
Parents and Guardians
Since minors in the United States cannot sign legal contracts, any legal documents relating to a child will be signed by his or her parent or guardian. Depending on the situation, a parent or guardian may either sign on behalf of the child or sign along with the child. Some documents may require the child to print or sign his or her name as well on a separate line. In situations where only the parent or guardian signs the document, it is often required the signature is followed with "on behalf of" and the childдуЅн_М»s name.