How can you feel safe that your e-signed documents will be considered legally legitimate and enforceable? Is it enough to insert an image of a written signature or just type your name into an email?
Not if you want something that could be legally enforced. That's why, as a recent PC Advisor article notes, the safest option is to use web contracting software services, such Adobe EchoSign, "...which follow the letter and intent of the Federal ESIGN Act, even considering international laws in the makeup of their services. These should be the choice for high-value transactions, such as real estate contracts."
In a world where contracts increasingly cross borders and governing bodies have adopted different legislation regarding web contracts, it's critical to consider international laws. But even for contracts within the United States, careful compliance with the ESIGN Act is what can make the difference between a legally enforceable document and an easy-to-dispute file.
As the leading provider of electronic signatures, EchoSign is compliant with the provisions of the ESIGN Act, providing protection for both the sender and the signer during the signing process. EchoSign meets ESIGN criteria by:
- Protecting the consumer with appropriate notifications and disclosures
- Ensuring technological neutrality and universal access
- Ensuring authentication and privacy
- Creating legal certainty and protection to prevent fraud
- Allowing easy document access and record retention