The official County Clerk never signed my judgment, which was actually signed by a judgment clerk who signed in the name of the official County Clerk. The judgment clerk said that it's okay for regular clerks to sign in the name of the official County Clerk. Is this practice even allowed? This practice sounds like forgery.
Reposted to Litigation to elicit appropriate expertise.
I am not your attorney and any posts/messages or responses to posts/messages can not and do not establish an attorney-client relationship. You should not rely upon free legal advice, and I disclaim any liability for the outcome if you do. Any opinions offered on matters outside New York State are for general informational purposes only.
Such facsimile signatures may be affixed to official judgments and other official records (such as notary cards and certifications) by authorized personnel within the county clerk's office in the name of the elected County Clerk. Be assured that this is routine practice.
This answer is provided for educational and informational purposes. It should not be relied upon as legal advice, which is only offered to clients who have formally engaged this law office in writing, typically after consideration of relevant facts and circumstances and document review.
Forgery requires the intention to deceive. Just like you can authorize someone to use your credit card and sign your name, so can the Judgment Clerk delegate her signatory responsibilities to other clerks.
If you vote my answer as best an angel will get her wings. Also, I'm only two best answers away from getting a free Subway Sandwich! I may be guessing or not licensed in your state so don't rely upon anything I say. No attorney/client relationship exists. Please do not email me privately in response to my answers here - I have no idea which post you're following-up with! Who reads these disclaimers anyway? If you're reading this, let me know because I'm curious. Did you know that a watched pot never boils and that a stitch in time saves nine? Or that a rolling stone gathers no moss? Honestly, I am surprised that you are still reading this disclaimer. Personally, I normally don’t pay much attention to these things. I am impressed and I commend you for taking the time. I never actually anticipated anyone would ever get this far into my disclaimer and I only wish I had something more meaningful to say. Thank you for bearing with me and for sticking it out to the end.
Our Rating is calculated using information the lawyer has included on their profile in addition to the information we collect from state bar associations and other organizations that license legal professionals. Attorneys who claim their profiles and provide Avvo with more information tend to have a higher rating than those who do not.What determines Avvo Rating?Experience & background
Years licensed, work experience, educationLegal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awardsLegal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagementsDiscipline