Non Compete signed on the wrong signature line

I have been presented a Non-Compete agreement upon employment for a new job. I had ask if a section could be changed. My Manager told me this could not be changed. I signed the document in error on the Presidents line where the signature is supposed to go on my line. Would this document still be legally enforceable ?

2 answers  |  asked Feb 2, 2015 03:54 AM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

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David Neel
I agree with Neil.

posted by David Neel  |  Feb 2, 2015 12:46 PM [EST]
Neil Klingshirn
The short answer is probably yes, assuming the non-compete is otherwise enforceable.

Contract law requires an indication of "assent" by the parties to an agreement. Parties can signify assent by signing a written agreement, but they can also signify assent in other ways, like by beginning to perform the contract or by sending an email that says "I agree,"

In your case, it sounds like you tried to get a change made but, when you were not successful, you gave in and signed the agreement to get the job. The fact that you signed in the wrong place will probably not be enough to avoid a finding that you accepted the non-compete.

posted by Neil Klingshirn  |  Feb 2, 2015 07:48 AM [EST]

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