ep2012 — 2012-07-27T18:17:55-04:00 — #1
So for all my clients I need them to sign a purchase agreement, but many of them don't have a printer or scanner.
I thought I'd get them to use a 3rd party digital signature program, but they are either expensive or troublesome it seems.
One client told me that her insurance company sends her a document that she can digitally sign.
So how does one create a script where they can sign the PDF & it will be just as valid as using one of those 3rd party signature programs?
sagewing — 2012-07-27T22:17:38-04:00 — #2
It's hard to know exactly what your friend was describing. If you can provide some more detail about what your friend's insurance company sent her, you can probably get a clearer answer about this.
It's very common to send someone an email with a link that goes to an online service (branded or unbranded) that then allows the user to digitally sign the document. Those are services like docusign, etc. There are also a bunch of mobile apps that are doing digital signatures, and I've seen some plug ins for Outlook, etc. that can do it.
But I'm not sure about a 'script' that would facilitate this in an easy way. The easiest one I've seen is docusign, by far. To create something like that from scratch would almost certainly cost more than the 3rd party services.
ep2012 — 2012-07-28T02:38:26-04:00 — #3
Wasn't a friend, I said client & she wouldn't know anything about it other than to tell me she was able to sign on the site.
I've also been able to sign something digitally once, so I know it's not common otherwise I'd see a lot of companies doing it.
It just seems really expensive to me.
I tried Right Signature which was fun, but they also want $14/month which for me is an expense I don't want right now. It's not like I get tons of people signing things every month.
I asked them about the cost per signature & they don't have that even though others have asked for it.
I checked out docusign. That's $15/month. To get a client to get an app just for me isn't good customer service IMO. I want to make it easy for them.
Maybe I'll do a search online to see if there's anything that charges per signature.
ep2012 — 2012-07-28T06:15:27-04:00 — #4
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attorney_jaffe — 2012-07-31T13:08:42-04:00 — #5
First of all, we need to distinguish between a "digital signature" and an "electronic signature."
A digital signature uses a mathematical formula to implement an electronic signature that can be used to identify a unique individual.
An electronic signature is any communication that indicates an acceptance of the contract. This can be done in many ways, such as: a fax, an email, a scanned pdf, etc.
Consider an email that says "I accept the contract attached." Courts would accept this as a signature on the contract.
My advice to clients is that you don't need a digital signature, only an electronic signature that indicates that a specific agreement has been reached.