Marking Changes on the Signature Copy of a Contract

The image above is from a hotel agreement I examined as part of my LegalSifter duties. It caused me to wonder how people go about making final changes to the signature copy of a contract. What are the alternatives, apart from marking changes by hand? It’s been forever since I last did a deal, so I have no idea. Specifically, how were the markings in that hotel agreement made?

And presumably having a printed version that expresses the deal is preferable to marking changes. What are the circumstances that make marking changes a legitimate option?

About the author

Ken Adams is the leading authority on how to say clearly whatever you want to say in a contract. He’s author of A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, and he offers online and in-person training around the world. He’s also chief content officer of LegalSifter, Inc., a company that combines artificial intelligence and expertise to assist with review of contracts.