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Want To Be Sure Your Web Contracts Are Legally Valid? PC Advisor Recommends EchoSign

How can you feel safe that your electronic signature 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

For more information, check out the details on how EchoSign complies with the Federal ESIGN Act as well as best practices for web contracting around the world.


Categories: Electronic Signatures, In the News


  • By Marek Obu - 7:30 AM on October 20, 2014   Reply

    What is the legal status of the e-signature, if one of the party lives (e.g. employee) lives and is located during signing process in a location, that does not approve eSignatures (most countries except US, for example France)?

    • By EchoSign Team - 2:53 PM on October 20, 2014   Reply

      Hello Marek,
      Thanks for that great question and we are excited that you are thinking about e-signatures on a global scale. You are on the right track in terms of wanting to understand the legalities and enforceability of digital signatures and e-signatures from country to country. Our map here is current and breaks down what countries are onboard, what countries are still working through legislation and what countries are stepping lightly. To answer your specific question, we have asked our legal team to weigh in so you have all the info you need. Stay tuned and we will post an update here.
      Thanks again,
      The EchoSign team

  • By Cristopher Caroca - 9:51 PM on August 16, 2013   Reply

    What if someone use a fake profile or email to sign for other person?

    • By joiemikitson - 6:16 PM on August 21, 2013   Reply

      Great question. With EchoSign, basic authentication of the signer is accomplished via their email address. In addition, a unique signing URL is sent to the signer who clicks on it to activate the signing process. All of the events are tracked by EchoSign and IP address records are included in a detailed audit log.

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