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What are the benefits of eSignature adoption for businesses and organizations?
There are a lot of entities that are still doing business with pen and paper. However, socio-economic shifts introduce new challenges, and the traditional way of document approval proves to be no longer efficient. Modern companies have no other option but to implement eSignature into their business processes to keep pace with the changes. This adoption can significantly impact the productivity results, improve the efficiency of employees, and make processes associated with industry workflow more streamlined. Additionally, eSignature implementation reduces costs associated with paper-based processes and streamlines document management involving signatures in general.
Do you need third-party apps to eSign legal documents?
signNow is an all-in-one solution that lets you certify a document electronically without downloading third-party apps or using other solutions. With a top-notch document editor, automation capabilities, and a wide range of collaboration tools, you’ll get a comprehensive solution to bring your team together and collaborate more efficiently. Moreover, signNow offers various integration options that let you build eSignature workflows while staying connected to the tools and apps already in use.
Can any document be signed electronically?
According to the ESIGN law, an electronic signature is “an electronic sound, symbol or process that is attached to or logically associated with a record and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the record.” You can use any acceptable digital means to create an eSignature, but you need to keep in mind that specific legal requirements are met.
- All signers have voluntarily agreed to the terms described in the document.
- All signing parties must provide their consent to do business electronically.
- The signer's identity is authenticated and linked to the signature through audit trails, timestamps, duo-factor authentication, etc.
- eSignature records are preserved and available for reproduction.
If the eSignature solution of your choice follows all data management regulations, the executed copy will be considered law-enforceable. You can certify almost any document electronically unless the requirements say it needs a wet-ink signature. Some examples of documents requiring a physical signature are living wills, court orders, divorce papers, and some IRS forms. The legal recognition of eSignatures in Europe, the US, the UK, and others is backed up by the following laws: ESIGN, eIDAS, and UETA.