Asked in Contracts and Real Estate Law for Missouri

Q: My real estate agent executed my contract (buying a duplex) with a misspelling of her name.

Her first name is misspelled on all the documents, and does not correspond with the name that she is registered as an agent under in the state of MO. She also entered into a rental agreement with me, as my tenant, under this misspelling and is in default (not paying per the terms of her lease). Is it legal for her to sign contracts with a misspelling in her first name that is NOT the spelling she is registered with or comes up on background checks with?

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Bruce Alexander Minnick

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A: Misspellings frequently occur in all legal documents, including the ones of concern toy you here. Rather than waste time worrying about the spelling of your tenant's name you should consider starting the eviction process--using the same spelling on the lease. Or if you are a perfectionist, use BOTH spellings on the complaint.

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