This may be where previous experiences cloud people's notions of what is possible. I can say that I worked many years for big 4 accounting firms and computer forensics companies, and the idea of sending a document that "could" be a draft or might not be is just ludicrous. Frankly any time I have drafted any document at my company (not even legal documents or ones going out to clients) I have to put big draft notes on it.This is just not true. I have had this happen and so have other people on these forums. My company regularly sends out contract drafts and there is nothing to identify the contract as draft necessarily (it depends on who sends it as all PMs can write contracts in my firm). Even a standard AIA (American Institute of Architects) contract is often sent as a draft to modified as needed by the client. We then revise the contract or add to as needed. All of these contracts come with signature lines.
I don't know if I can legally share these documents, but I have easy access to them (and have written them myself). I think I will see if I can redact one and post it.
So the idea that someone could just send someone a contract with a line to sign, and go "oh no that's totally a draft" its just such a foreign idea to me. But could I believe that is how some industry spaces work....I could. Is that "normal" in the RP industry, I guess that's a question for RP corporate people.