The bank’s closing attorney seemed to take an immediate dislike to one of my clients. Each mortgage document signed by the husband was rejected with a sneer. The attorney would toss the paperwork back in his direction, saying, “That’s illegible — sign it again.”
Everyone at the table knew that a person’s signature is legally binding, no matter the quality of the penmanship. Moreover, as the documents were signed in the presence of a Notary who was willing to verify the buyer’s signature, there was no issue at all as to who had signed. As required, I protested again and again, but this stubbornly vengeful lawyer repeatedly refused to recognize the buyer’s John Hancock.
Turns out, my clients had overpaid the lender and they were due a small refund. In a magically fortuitous moment, the bank attorney was required to write a refund check to my clients.
He wrote out the check, tore it from the book, and passed it to me. Without making eye contact — but with hope in my heart— I passed the check along to the husband.
The check almost instantaneously flew back in front of me as my client exclaimed, “I can’t read what you wrote on this check — write it again!”