Signing legal documents in 2020

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Whenever you sign the date on an exam paper or any other legal documents it makes sense to shorten the year to the last two numbers like 19 for 2019, doesn’t it? Well apparently, this is not the case for the year 2020.

You might have seen the warning shared across the news and social media warning everyone to be vigilant when signing legal documents over the next 12 months.

People are being warned not to abbreviate the year 2020 when signing any legal documentation as it could be easily modified by someone else. For example, 09/01/20 could easily be changed to 09/01/2017, giving scammers a chance to defraud you.

This applies to all legal documents that you may sign over the course of the next year. Here are some examples;

  • Medical forms
  • Any contracts and contract amendment documentation i.e employment contracts
  • Bank loan agreements
  • Mortgage agreements
  • Phone contracts
  • Bank account opening contracts
  • Police statements
  • Tenancy agreements

To protect yourself, we would suggest signing any documentation this year with the full year ‘2020’.