If I am authorised to sign a letter on someone else's behalf what do I write?

(after my signature and before their name?)

it should be some sort of abbreviation, something like p.s.

can anyone help??
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Dose the above apply when writing a letter on behalf of myself and my wife.

If so is this correct

Yours sincerely

My signature



pp My Wife’s name

thanks Alan
Why don't you both just sign and avoid the ambiguity?
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Why are two signatures required?

Is there some sort of legal aspect involved?

If not, I'd just say in the letter 'I am writing on behalf of my wife and myself. We . . . . . blah blah blah . . . . '

And then I'd sign it.

Best wishes,Clive
I have a vague recollection of something with /s/ . . . maybe /s/(sign his/her name) followed with "by (your name)". Does something like this ring a bell at all?
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Hi there,

I have been asked to pp before, which I have had no problem doing.

Today however I have been asked to sign the person's name with no pp. I said no on the basis that you never sign something in someone else's name, no matter what it is. Just wanted to find out if I am being ridiculous or not?


You are asking a business question, not an English question.

Is it the person whose name appears on the letter asking you to do it? What is to keep you from handwriting a "pp" even if it's not typed there? You can sign your own name with the word "for" handwritten before the person's name in the signature block.

If the signature block was "Peter Parker" and anyone other than Peter Parker told me to sign Peter's name, I would refuse as well. If Peter told me to do it, I'd ask if he wanted me to use the "pp" or sign my own name and use the "for." Even so, I wouldn't sign Peter's name with no indication that it wasn't Peter who had signed it.
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Quick thought: should we consider the "correct" usage to be the original usage or the prevalent usage?

Personally, I'll be avoiding using this particular abbreviation ever again. Emotion: smile


(on his own behalf)
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The interesting link above focuses on legalities.

With regard to concerns about the legal consequences of signing on behalf of someone else, I think that in practical terms a person who knew that something was very important would normally make a strong attempt to sign it themselves.

eg The president of a company would normally arrange to sign a letter to a prospective client himself.

eg A judge would say I'll sign Tom's death warrant when I get back from vacation next week. Emotion: stick out tongue

Best wishes, Clive
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