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Instructions and Problems With Signing a Check Over

Can You Sign a Check Over to Somebody Else?

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If you want to sign a check over to somebody else, include their name with your endorsement. Sign the check and write "Pay to the order of John Doe", where John Doe is the person you want to sign the check over to. Then, pass the check on to that person so they can deposit or cash it.

Banks may not cooperate if you sign a check over to somebody else. It’s legal to try to sing a check over, but banks aren’t required to honor your instructions. If they have policies against this activity or they see any red flags, they’ll reject the check.

If you insist on signing a check over to somebody, have them check with their bank first. Find out if it’s allowed and what the requirements are.

Ideally, you should pay the person another way: cash the check or deposit it yourself if you want to avoid any hassles.

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