An electronic signature---or eSignature---is exactly what it sounds like it is. It's simply a way of signing a legal document on your computer, tablet, or smart phone. And in the eyes of the law, there is no difference between online electronic signatures and ink signatures on paper. 

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In some ways, an eSignature is actually better than a pen and paper signature. For one, eSignatures are time-stamped, so you and your co-signers know exactly when your agreement was signed. As part of Rocket Lawyer membership, we also store all your signed documents in one easy-to-access place. That means you don't have to worry about losing your important legal documents. Moreover, you don't need to be in the same room---or even the same zip code---to have a document signed and ready to go.

And if course, if you ever need it, these contracts and agreements are all printable. A hard copy is just a click away. 

There are been plenty of laws on the books that have helped make eSignatures legally binding. Here are just a few:

  • Digital Signature And Electronic Authentication Law (United States)
  • Electronic Signatures in Global and International Commerce Act (United States)
  • Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (United States)
  • The Government Paperwork Elimination Act (United States)
  • The Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (United States)
  • Electronic Communications Act (United Kingdom)
  • Electronic Signature Directive (European Union)
  • E-Commerce Act (Mexico)
  • Digital Signature Law 8454 (Costa Rica)
  • Electronic Communications and Transactions Act (South Africa)
The big take away is this: an eSignature is just as legal an old-fashioned, pen-and-ink signature. It's simple, it's time-stamped, and it's stored for you whenever you need it. And it's included in every Rocket Lawyer membership.

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