When the Wrong Person Is Made Party to a Contract

Today Joe Kimble, doyen of the legal-writing community, sent me the following photo of a contract he had been asked to sign.

The issue wasn’t the wall-to-wall legalese. Instead, in his email Joe said, “I signed this for a home tour yesterday. Why would visitors be asked to sign when the agreement is between the Lansing Historical Society and the homeowners?”

That’s a good question to which I have no answer. But it allows me to know ask you, dear reader, to offer any examples you’ve encountered of the wrong person being made party to a contract. I suspect there are plenty of examples of an affiliate inappropriately being made party to a contract, but I’m hoping for some goofier stuff.

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.