Is predating a check legal

You postdate a check by writing a future date on it.

People typically do this when they want to give a check to someone but aren't certain they'll have enough money in their account until a certain date to cover it.

State: Georgia I got a call from my landlord today complaining that my rent check was post dated, and that I needed to send a new one ASAP.

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Don't know if it is legal or not, but then again...

who really stops at a stop sign when no other car is coming or slows down at a yellow light?

Sure the accounting rules are arcane and most people don't know them.

But if someone asks you to write down a date from a month ago on a legal document, rather than today's date, doesn't it give you pause?

If someone presents you with a spreadsheet of the last month's stock prices and asks you to pick the date on which you want to pretend that you granted, or were granted, several million options, might that not at least spur further inquiry?

When then-general counsel Nancy Heinen emailed Apple (AAPL) CEO Steve Jobs such a spreadsheet on January 30, 2001, she noted that it was a bad idea to choose January 2 as the grant date--even though that was the day the stock had been at its lowest--if they wanted "to avoid any perception that the Board was acting in appropriately [sic] for insiders prior to Macworld announcements." (They ultimately chose one of the next-best dates from after Macworld.) Now isn't it obvious to everyone on that email that shareholders are being misled?

Problems crop up when the person holding the check jumps the gun and takes it to his bank anyway.

Banks aren't obligated to wait until the date on the check to cash it.

Laws about this sort of thing vary from state to state though I've never known of a state where it is legal.

I can say with certainty that it is illegal in Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia. I thought to post-date something was to write the date as 15 Dec.

He supposed that it is illegal because it misrepresents when the check was signed, much as it would be on a notarized document. (That is if the bank is doing their job) High Soci I've never heard of "pre-dating" a check.

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