TMEP 611.03: Proper Person to Sign

October 2017 Edition of the TMEP

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611.03    Proper Person to Sign

This section provides guidelines as to the proper person to sign various documents.  Unless otherwise specified by law, the following guidelines should be followed.

Note that if an application or registration owner who is not represented by a qualified practitioner becomes deceased or legally incapacitated, only a party authorized under the relevant state law regarding wills or intestate succession may sign a document required to be signed by the owner. For example, if the owner’s estate has not been settled, the executor may be an authorized party under the relevant state law. In such situations, the document must state that the owner is deceased or legally incapacitated and that the signatory is authorized to sign under the relevant state law.