Traditionally, if you needed clients to sign contracts, you had to print them, mail or fax them, and wait while your clients printed, signed, and returned them. That process is time-consuming and inefficient. With digital signatures, you can skip most of these steps and complete the entire process electronically. If you’re out in the field, you don’t have to worry about access to printers. Instead, you can pull up a document on your smartphone or tablet and let your client sign it digitally. You can also handle everything over email without dealing with snail mail or faxes. Digital signatures are legally binding on some contracts, but there are exceptions for land transfers and certain legal documents, such as wills. Additionally, electronic signatures must meet certain criteria. For example, the person signing the document must have sole control over the ability to create his unique signature, so you have to use a process that eliminates the risk of forgeries. To ensure the electronic signatures you collect are valid, you may want to use an app such as DocuSign that complies with Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. Electronic signatures save time whether you’re collecting signatures for a petition or signing contracts. In most cases, the process involves uploading a document, marking where you want signatures, and hitting send. Then, recipients can sign the document digitally using their smartphone, tablet, or computer.
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