Thursday, March 31, 2016

Signing important papers


As a blind person, it is so very important for me to be comfortable whenever there is a need to do this.  I know that it is not always possible to have someone that you trust to be with you each time this type of occasion arises but I have some tips for you.

Thanks to the advancement of technology some possibilities have turned into realities but I will say that not all of these tips will work for everyone. So here goes.

For those of you who work with emails and computers: Ask your lawyer, accountant, banker, or real estate agent or anyone else who you are dealing with to send you the document in either an accessible MS Word format or even in a text format. Read it very carefully line by line and make sure that you understand and agree with what has been written.

I recently had an experience where a law clerk sent me some documents which came up woefully short of what I had requested. Additionally, make sure that they state the amounts for their services in either an email or in a readable document that you can refer to.

When you go in to sign the final documents, take a trusted friend or family member with you.  Take along a signature guide and make sure that it is placed on the right line for you to sign.  Most lawyers, bankers, accountants, and real estate agents that I have dealt with and continue to deal with have been very good but that does not mean that somewhere among them you may be unlucky to meet a bad apple.

I'm Donna J. Jodhan, your friendly accessibility advocate, wishing you a terrific day.

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