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What name should a signature by proxy sign on a document?

If a person is physically unable to sign a document, and directs a third party to sign on the person’s behalf, does the third party sign the name of the principal, or should they sign their own name?B. V., Oregon

According to the Oregon Notary Public Guide, the third party would sign the name of the person who is unable to sign.”  Please see page 56 of the Oregon Notary Public Guide for complete details and certificate wording for “Acknowledgment by Individual Directing Third Party to Sign.”

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