Backing Sheet Law and Legal Definition

Backing sheet is the back cover page of a legal document. It is designed in such a manner that when folded it shows what the legal document is and who it is from. Backing sheets are favored by process servers and Court registry staff. Backing sheets have title of the document in the middle portion and the name and the address of the law firm will be given at the bottom of the back sheet.

Many jurisdictions have done away with backing sheets all together and instead require that the name, address and phone number of the issuing lawyer or law firm be within the legal document itself, usually under the lawyer's signature block.

Lawyers still use backing sheets for documents such as wills or powers of attorneys as folding protects the contents of the document.