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The legality of eSignatures

What is an e-signature?

There are three types of eSignatures. 

An electronic signature is information in electronic form that is used to verify that the content comes from the person who signed the document.

In addition, an advanced electronic signature fulfills the following requirements: It is exclusively linked to a signatory that can be identified by it. The advanced electronic signature is created in such a way that the signatory has control over it. Changes in the advanced electronic signature can be detected.

A Qualified Electronic Signature is an advanced electronic signature that is created using a Qualified Signature Device and which is based on a Qualified Electronic Signature Certificate.

SimpleSign got you covered

Using cutting-edge technology, SimpleSign provides the best way to capture an eSignature on a document between two (or more) parties. 

We provide easy to use software to thousands of businesses using a secure online, digital process for signing documents. 

It’s easy to upload an existing Microsoft Word or PDF document or to select from reusable templates prebuilt in SimpleSign.

SimpleSign offers Electronic signatures or Advanced electronic signatures per with support for PAdES ETSI

If you which to use use SimpleSign for QES, Qualified electronic signatures we also got your covered. For QES you have to specifically request this signature level do to its setup. 

EU regulations

Under the eIDAs Regulation, specifications for formatting advanced electronic signatures for PDF documents are set under PAdES. PAdES is the electronic signature design for PDF Advanced Electronic Signatures.

Because PDF documents are capable of being stored for a long time, there’s a need to have tools available to ensure that electronically signed documents will remain valid for long periods too.

Especially for important documents, the validity of the signature should remain, even if the signing key/certificate has expired or has been revoked, the issuing CA doesn’t exist anymore as well as if the cryptographic algorithms that were used to create the electronic signature are not trustworthy anymore.

Court-Accepted Audit Trail

An electronic signature can carry legal effect and be used as evidence in legal proceedings. A qualified electronic signature shall have the equivalent legal effect of a handwritten signature. 

If the qualified certificate was issued in one member state it shall be recognized as a qualified electronic signature in all other member states.

Regions of use

Authorities, enterprises, and small and big companies use electronic signatures for commerce, negotiations, and every other form of necessary agreement. Whether for the US Army, the world’s largest hiring companies, the world’s biggest banks or small start-ups, eCommerce and eSignatures play a vital role in everyday operations and transactions.

US Global regulations (ESSU2)

The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN, Pub.L. 106–229, 114 Stat. 464, enacted June 30, 2000, 15 U.S.C. ch. 96) was passed into law by the United States Congress in June 2000. 

ESIGN makes all verified eSignatures valid and legally binding with respect to a majority of commerce on both state and federal level though, again, there are a few exceptions.

Popular Among Law Firms

As law firms around the world embrace e-signature solutions for contracts, legal documents, and other applications, Simple Sign maintains a current and internationally approved system for both verification and tracking. 

We believe this effort maintains our position above our competitors as the trusted expert in paperless signing capabilities.

Ask us and we will help you!

We are here to answer any and all of your eSignature questions, particularly with respect to exceptions to which eSignatures are not legally binding. Click here to chat with one of our eSignature experts or contact us via email at: 

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We can answer questions with respect to both domestic and international eSignature transactions.

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