An electronic signature, or eSignature, is an electronic indication of intent to agree to or approve the contents of a document.

More specifically, the U.S. Federal ESIGN Act defines an electronic signature as an “electronic sound, symbol, or process, attached to or logically associated with a contract or other record and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the record.”

Are electronic signatures legal?
Yes, electronic signatures are legally binding in the United States and in many countries around the world.

What are electronic signatures used for?
Electronic signatures are used for many kinds of documents and transactions, for both personal and business use.

Here are some examples of how electronic signature is used:

  • Sign contracts, invoices, and work orders for signature
  • Approve project estimates and change orders
  • Sign school forms and permission slips
  • Complete and sign leases and rental agreements
  • Sign NDAs and client agreements
  • Sign bank documents and insurance forms

What are the benefits of electronic signature?
Using electronic signature services can help save you time and money, whether you’re a large company, a small business, or an independent freelancer.

Here are some of the benefits of using electronic signature with DocuSign:

  • Time and money saved – Eliminate the need to print, fax, scan, and ship documents.
  • Faster results – Send documents for signature and get a response in minutes, not days.
  • Increased efficiency – Store and access all documents from your secure cloud account.
  • Legally binding documents – Get a complete audit trail and tamper-proof virtual seal of the signed documents.
  • Flexibility to work on the go – Sign, send, and track documents from anywhere on any Internet-enabled device.

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