Navigating E-Signature Laws In Georgia

In this presentation you will learn “The 4 General Principles of ESIGN” and the difference between UETA and Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN).

Firms that have adopted E-Sign Law and Technology in their practice typically have faster client-engagement times, lower overhead costs, a happier staff, and, most importantly, happier clients.

This E-Signatures Laws and Technology CLE addresses the authentication of scanned and emailed signatures, including scenarios specific to the practice of law. The seminar will give you a survey understanding of laws behind electronic signature laws, including the Federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN Act; 15 U.S.C. 96) and Georgia’s adoption of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA; O.C.G.A. Sec. 10-12-1 et. seq). The seminar further discusses the audit technology you should have in place for digitally received signed documents.

Learn what type of documents may be signed electronically (engagement letters, retainer agreements, contracts, certain type of federal documents, and the like) and what Technology you should have in place to allow your clients to receive, sign, save documents with audit trails.

 

Navigating E-Signature Laws In Florida

In this presentation you will learn “The 4 General Principles of ESIGN” and the difference between UETA and Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN).

Firms that have adopted E-Sign Law and Technology in their practice typically have faster client-engagement times, lower overhead costs, a happier staff, and, most importantly, happier clients.

This E-Signatures Laws and Technology CLE addresses the authentication of scanned and emailed signatures, including scenarios specific to the practice of law. The seminar will give you a survey understanding of laws behind electronic signature laws, including the Federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN Act; 15 U.S.C. 96) and Florida’s adoption of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA; O.C.G.A. Sec. 10-12-1 et. seq). The seminar further discusses the audit technology you should have in place for digitally received signed documents.

Learn what type of documents may be signed electronically (engagement letters, retainer agreements, contracts, certain type of federal documents, and the like) and what Technology you should have in place to allow your clients to receive, sign, save documents with audit trails.

 

Are E-signatures A Valid Form Of Signing?

Since the Federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce (ESIGN) Act was enacted in 2000, electronic signatures have been functionally equivalent to ink signatures. Think, what does a signature do? Mainly it signifies a binding of one party or mote to a document’s purpose and validates his or her identity.

In order for an e-signature to be valid, parties must agree on “the electronic execution that the signing of the documents has the same cogency as physically signed forms.” Also, by clicking the AGREE button in an electronic form, both parties are acknowledging they have read and accept the terms and are legally bound to the provisions set forth.

Exceptions that you should be aware of where e-signing a document is not valid exist in family law and divorce documents, the cancellation of utility services, and a recall of any hazardous product. In addition, Washington, Illinois, and New York all have stipulations in regards to the validity of e-signatures. Outside of these few outliers, e-signatures are a valid way of authenticating a document.

Source: Flaherty, D. Casey, and Corey Lavato. Digital Signatures And The Paperless Office.