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Forward into the past: backdating legal agreements

Tuesday, June 05, 2018 @ 9:05 AM | By Michael Carey

On several occasions in my practice, I have been called upon to backdate a document. Such requests may not be as innocent as they seem.

It is possible for a contract to take effect on a date other than the date it is signed. In Canadian Contractual Interpretation Law, Geof R. Hall writes: “[it] is not uncommon for parties to enter into a contract at one time but make it effective as of some other time.” (p. 95)

For example, clients may enter into an oral agreement...