The act of writing between the lines is a technique that allows one to analyze an instrument.
An interlineation in probate is the insertion of additional language between the lines of a pre-existing legal document, usually to clarify a provision or address an afterthought or omission that occurred during the writing of the document. When a document is interlineated, the document’s legal status is altered in some way. It is customary for all parties to initial the insertion, or alternatively, the document is retyped and then signed when it is completed.
Interlineations, for example, can be used to help clarify key aspects of a legal contract, and they are particularly important if some of the terms of a contract become confused later on. They are often initialed and dated in order to maintain a record of any modifications or agreements made to a specific contract.« Back to Glossary Index