How To Sign Your Name Without Assuming Liability.
What does a signature mean? I will tell you right now that when you sign something (no matter what “they” say), it means that you accept liability. And if you don’t read and agree to EVERYTHING you sign, you are making a big mistake.
I am constantly being asked… “How do I sign my name? … AND maintain my rights?”
We all know that before they let us go, they ALWAYS want us to sign something to keep us coming back. There are other points in the “legal” system where a “signature” is expected or required before the court can proceed as well.
I have heard that adding “Under Duress”, or “All Rights Reserved” to a signature when signing a document will maintain our inherent human rights; and while this could work as well, the proper and Latin way to sign under duress is to add a “V.C.” before your name.
Vis Compulsiva, abbreviated to V.C., is a latin term. Blacks Law cites the definition of vis compulsiva as:
“compulsive force”. “Force exerted by menaces or terror.”
Perhaps the most famous use of Vis Compulsiva when signing a document was that of Cornelius de Witt. Alexandre Dumas captured the event as follows:
The Grand Pensionary bowed before the will of his fellow citizens; Cornelius de Witt, however, was more obstinate, and notwithstanding all the threats of death from the Orangist rabble, who besieged him in his house at Dort, he stoutly refused to sign the act by which the office of Stadtholder was restored. Moved by the tears and entreaties of his wife, he at last complied, only adding to his signature the two letters V. C. (Vis Compulsiva), notifying thereby that he only yielded to force.
“Actus me invito factus, non est meus actus. ~ An act done by me against my will, is not my act. “
UPDATE: It has been recently brought to my attention that V.C. actually stands for VIS COMPULSIVA not VI COACTUS, and the source for this is Blacks Law 1st Edition.
Vis Compulsiva is referenced in Black’s Law 9th Edition page 1707:
vis compuisiva (vis kom-p<ll -SI-V<l), n. [Latin “compulsive
force”] Hist. Force exerted to compel another to
do something involuntarily; menacing force exerted
Link to 9th edition of Black’s Law:
The idea is you shouldn’t be signing the legal name at all. If you do proceed the signature with V.C.