I have a quick question about contracts. If I'm doing a job for a couple, say John and Jane Smith and I have both their names on the invoice/contract - do I need to acquire both their signatures to assure that it is binding, or just one, considering they are together?
To be safe, you should have the contract read John or Mary Smith. That way there isn't any question. In some cases you can get away with the combined signatures as being treated as one, but it could be an issue.
Hope this helps.
If and when legal issues arise often on small jobs, just legal names and verbal agreements based on a estimate and a exchange of money/ deposits are considered a contract and most often side with the Contractor. Larger jobs I think over 10K the above still will apply but a little more proof must be clear. If both names are on the paper work Estimate/ Invoice/ Contract and you have a verbal agreement from both, but only one signature you are fine if you are clear that they both own the property you're working on. in Ont. they just have to be living together for 6 months you will also be fine. Get advise from a lawyer if you feel the size of your Contract warrants it.
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