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If one enters into a written legal agreement, but on the last

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If one enters into a written legal agreement, but on the last page where the document is notarized, the date is wrong. ( On the first page the date says March 2, 2012, but the notary page is dated February 3, 2012, clearly 30 days prior to the inital agreement) . Would that make this document not legal or able to be thrown out of court?

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As a general rule, a mistake in the date made by the person signing a document would not be considered enough to invalidate the entire agreement. If there were allegations of some sort of fraud or back-dating in the agreement, to make it appear that it was entered earlier than it was, that could be the basis for trying to get the agreement to be nullified. But, the date on the notary's signature would likely control unless both parties agreed that it was the notary that made a mistake (and, in that case, the notary's mistake as to the date does not affect the validity of the agreement). If there's a question as to the time for performance, and the contract is ambiguous because of the different dates, the parties could bring in evidence regarding what the correct date was.

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