[**UPDATED: February 14th, 2015**]
In legal matters, signing one’s name is tantamount to accepting liability. In today’s corrupt legal system, they often REQUIRE you to sign your name, sometimes going as far as threatening you with jail time for refusing. We must remember: A SIGNATURE UNDER DURESS IS NOT LEGALLY BINDING! But there ARE ways to sign one’s name WITHOUT accepting liability.
“Actus me invito factus, non est meus actus.“ – An act done by me against my will, is not my act.
1) To exempt yourself of liability while signing your name, you must sign it in both upper AND lower case letters.
We have all heard about the legal straw men that corporate governments set up on our behalves when we are born. The names of these straw men are ALWAYS written in ALL upper case letters. In order to distance yourself from this straw man, it is imperative to SIGN YOUR NAME DIFFERENTLY. Capitalizing your first, middle and last names, as well as any prefixes and suffixes. If they just want your first and last name, sign your middle name as well. Also add a prefix and suffix if necessary.
[EXAMPLE: Instead of signing “JOHN SMITH” like they want you to, sign “Mr. John Allen Smith, III”.]
2) You must make it known that you were forced to sign your name UNDER DURESS.
DURESS: “Unlawful pressure exerted upon a person to coerce that person to perform an act that he or she ordinarily would not perform.”
There are 2 ways to do this. The first is by adding the letters “V. C.“ before your signature. This stands for “Vis Compulsiva,” a Latin term meaning “a compulsive force exerted by menace or terror to compel another to do an act against their will.”
[EXAMPLE: Instead of signing “JOHN SMITH,” sign “V. C. John Smith”.]
The second method is to use an ellipsis (“. . .”) before your name. An ellipsis is a series of dots (like a periods) which refer to an omission in the text. This makes it known that there were things which you were unable to state, but were forced to sign anyways.
[EXAMPLE: Instead of signing “JOHN SMITH,” sign “. . . John Smith”.]
3) For best results, combine ALL of these methods.
Instead of signing “JOHN SMITH,” sign “. . . V. C. Mr. John Allen Smith, III”.
Adding the words “Under Protest” to your name will apparently appease the UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) gods as well when it comes to retaining your rights. Also, I have been informed that we commoners have an “AUTOGRAPH,” not a “SIGNATURE.”
The terms “Without Prejudice or Acceptance” and “Of Necessity” can convey the same sentiments.
~ MERIT FREEMAN