The deed must be signed by the party transferring the title. If he be married his wife being also a grantor, must if she has not otherwise released her dower, sign also. They do this, as in executing the contract, usually by affixing their signatures, or marks if they cannot write their names. If a mark is used, it is customary for it to be a cross and for someone present to write the grantor's name as an identification around the cross, thus: his John (x) Brown mark
A corporation not having hands or any physical person must act through designated agencies, - its officers. They have such powers as are given them by the governing body of the corporation - its board of directors or trustees if a business corporation. The different municipal corporations, including cities, villages, towns, and school districts, have governing boards under various names each of which authorizes execution by some proper official. A corporation executes an instrument by affixing its seal. The form of this corporate seal is usually definitely fixed, the corporation always using the same form. Business corporations generally adopt a form consisting of two concentric circles having the corporate name between them and the name of the State in which incorporated and occasionally the year of organization.
It is customary for the officer directed to execute the instrument, to sign the name of the corporation and his own name adding the title of his office. Often another officer will sign in attestation. But the important thing is the corporate seal, which is affixed by the authorized officer, either by impressing the seal upon the instrument itself or upon a wafer which is then pasted on the instrument.