Why e-signatures are the future for legal documents?

Nov 20, 2017

From electronic signatures to artificial intelligence, the legal industry is using software and technology to embrace change, helping to streamline its processes and improve handling of legal documents.

This growing use of technology in the legal sector is well documented by Legal Futures.

The signature at the bottom of a contract or legal document is one of the building blocks of law. The ability to tie a person to their signature, and to tie that signature to an agreement to the terms of the document is a fundamental necessity in almost all legal matters.

But whilst the need to create legally binding contract terms will always be present, the speed at which legal proceedings now move has begun to outpace the ability of lawyers to keep up with documentation.

E-Sign E-Signatures Future Legal Documents

In two recent cases on both sides of the Atlantic legal professionals have been caught forging signatures in order to try keep up. Nicholas Usiskin, a solicitor in Oxford, UK, forged witness signatures in a hurry to meet a court deadline, and Jose Camacho, an attorney in Florida, USA, faked judicial signatures to in an attempt circumvent backlogged court administration. The careers of both men have suffered for their crimes, suspension in Usiskin’s case, and being struck off and imprisoned in Camancho’s. To differing degrees, both were trying simply trying to cut corners, rushing to get work through and getting loose with the truth and the law whilst doing so.

Most lawyers would not be remotely tempted to commit fraud to speed up their workflow, but the industry is leaning into the digital age with the trend of streamlining and hastening legal proceedings, and the way law is practiced must keep up with this trend.

It’s a well-known aphorism that “verbal contracts aren’t worth the paper they are written on” but what happens when paper is no longer is the medium for document signing? More and more, complex legal matters are being processed with digital signatures, giving clients the convenience of being able to sign legal contracts wherever and whenever they want. The challenge is to ensure that these e-signatures are legally binding and 100% secure.

E-Sign E-Signatures Future Legal Documents

E-Sign’s electronic signature software creates a digital fingerprint with a randomness of 1 in 62 billion, ensuring no one can fake it. E-sign associates a signer with a document in a recorded transaction in the format of a coded message through specific Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) protocols. Using PKI E-Sign provides the highest level of security and universal acceptance for the digital transactions of documents. It’s also really quick and easy to use, for both the client and legal professional, allowing clients to sign online and lawyers to send and track documents efficiently and effectively. All this whilst using the highest levels of technological security, protected by a via 256bit SSL encryption, ensuring that these e-signatures are legally binding all over the world.

E-Sign E-Signatures Future Legal Documents

E-Sign creates online signatures that have:

  • SPEED OF A VERBAL AGREEMENT
  • LEGALITY OF A WRITTEN CONTRACT
  • CONVENIENCE OF A DIGITAL EXCHANGE
  • SECURITY OF A BIT-COIN TRANSACTION

So whether you need a swift turnaround on a letter of engagement, secure handling of a contract signing, convenient witnessing of a statement or managing any of the other myriad of vital signable documents, make sure you use E-Sign’s legal e-signature.

For more information about E-Sign’s secure, efficient and cost-effective digital signature service find us at https://e-sign.co.uk/ or email info@e-sign.co.uk.

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