The signature in business letters
(Specifics about the signature in English business letters)
Table of contents – signature
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What are the specifics about the signature in a business letter?
In English business letters, it is customary to list the name of the company after the complimentary close, subsequently followed by the signature. Afterwards, for reasons of legibility, the name of the signatory is often printed again (including his position, if necessary). In terms of formatting, the whole section is left-justified. Compare the possibilities:
Example (without power of attorney)
The signature and its related elements of a person without having a power of attorney may appear as follows:
Example (with power of attorney)
If the writer of the letter has a power of attorney, the abbreviation ‘pp’ (per procurationem) is used before the name, usually without a full stop:
Information: In other countries and languages, it is sometimes common to have two signatures (e.g. two signatories) on a single letter. Such a practice, however, is neither usual in British nor American English.