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Legal effects and validity of signatures.

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Is there any legal reason to use paid e-signature services anymore?

E-signature services like Docusign, HelloSign, esignatures.io, PandaDoc, signNow, etc. all offer services with unique features. But is there any legal purpose for using them? For example, one can ...
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Why do Contributor License Agreements need to be signed explicitly?

It seems like most Customer License Agreements need to be explicitly signed by the contributor. This is a bit of an inconvenience, as contributors need to retrieve the CLA document, have access to ...
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What is the minimum effort required to validate that a landlord-tenant communication is genuine if it isn't signed?

In the state of Washington can tenants disregard written communications from landlords if they are not signed? For example, if 2 printed letters are posted (on different days) notifying of a rent ...
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Why are ink signatures considered trustworthy?

Inspired by the other currently trending signature question. The world over signatures are used to tie identities and consent to documents. Signing something means you accept it and it becomes legally ...
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What's the problem with red ink?

I have repeatedly encountered lawyers who refuse to sign documents using red ink or accept documents that are signed in red ink. No one has been able to articulate exactly why in my conversations, but ...
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What is the legal meaning of "I certify that XYZ"

What are the legal implications of clicking acknowledge below the following statement: "By clicking acknowledge below, I certify that I am not a resident of XYZ." The context for this, if it ...
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Is signing a document that I have not seen legally binding?

In medical establishments such as doctors' offices or blood draw facilities I have been presented with a digital signature pad and told to sign one or more times. Usually the person handing it to me ...
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How to write a retroactive letter of representation?

An attorney began representation of Mr. X some months ago, as assigned counsel, without a letter of representation. Such a letter is needed now in order to make a court-ordered restitution payment to ...
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Is there a complexity requirement for a handwritten signature?

Handwritten signatures are still used to authenticate a document, even though the more serious operations are done in front of a notary (at least in France). This shows that a trusted third party is ...
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Legally binding digital signature

Hand signature on a document is legally binding if not forged. And apparently, digital signature is also legally binding. But in cryptographic digital signature, such as PGP, you can revoke your ...
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Can a federal agency refuse to accept a document because it doesn't have a wet signature?

As an example, the instructions for Form 83(b) state that: Once you have completed the form, please sign it and mail a copy to your IRS Service Center and to your employer. Also, be sure to retain a ...
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Deed of undertaking between neighbours

Neighbours have an issue about their adjoining land parcels and have verbally agreed to sort it out in a certain way. One of them wants to make sure that the other is aware of the consequences and ...
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What kind of documents can be eSigned?

What kind of documents are eSign legal in the US, specifically Oregon? This grows out of Are Digital Signatures legally valid? Do keys need to be published? where @Nbice369 asked this in an answer.
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Are Digital Signatures legally valid? Do keys need to be published?

GnuPG (GPG) has the ability to both digitally sign and encrypt things (things being messages, documents, files, etc.). Is a public-key signature legally valid? If so, do the public keys need to be ...
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Can I write my signature in my conlang's script?

Can I write my signature in my conlang's (constructed language) script, which consists entirely of straight lines? If not, why?
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Is an email legally binding for booking an apartment in Germany?

I am a visiting scientist in Heidelberg, Germany. I was unsuccessful in my search for a private apartment in town so I made a reservation request with the University guest house. They sent me a ...
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GDPR outside the web: no need to provide a privacy policy?

Consider a freelancer like a web developer, or a consultant, or a lawyer, etc. Their jobs involve, one way or another, handling some personal data: contents of databases, authentication data, private ...
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What Law Instructs How to Change A Signature

I am trying to find the legal process of changing my signature. I am in USA. Here is what I found so far: https://www.quora.com/Can-you-legally-change-your-signature#:~:text=If%20you%20want%20to%...
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If a celebrity autographs a legal document without realizing it, are they bound by its terms?

Suppose a celebrity autographs whatever fans hand over (usually in an enthusiastic, crowded, and rushed setting). Suppose one item being signed is a thousand-dollar I.O.U. (promissory note or some ...
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Implied Acceptance of Contract by Paying Invoice

I rented a boat slip at a marina for a month in Maryland. I was sent a QuickBooks invoice via email (with integrated payment button), and attached to the email were two documents - an invoice and a ...
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Are digital signatures from Mac's Preview app legally valid?

Mac's Preview application allows users to take a photo of their handwritten signature and convert it into a digital signature, which can then be inserted into PDF documents presumably in place of a ...
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What if I use a false signature on a contract?

Suppose I sign a contract with a company to buy some amount of good in bulk but while signing I faked it, they wouldn't have a way to know if it's my actual signature and if I breach my contract I ...
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Name and surname inverted in an housing contract with electronic signature

During a registration procedure for an housing website, I probably inverted my name and my surname (I don't remember exactly how the form was). Now, in the whole contract, my name and surname are ...
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Can a leasor defer signing the lease agreement until the lessee actually moves in?

I have just signed a new lease. The leasing agent says they countersign my lease after I move in. I still have a few days before I move in. Is this common/legal? Does it not expose the lessee to some ...
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How do I prove unauthorized use of my signature?

I was recently terminated for allegedly violating the company attendance policy (claiming I did not contact my manager at least 30 minutes prior to start of my shift, which is a false accusation, but ...
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Does signing for someone else's letter containing a fine make the original recipient liable to the contents of the letter?

I am a UK resident and during a road-trip I made to Italy I (unknowingly) went to a restricted road which I was not allowed to go in. This apparently resulted in me being liable for a fine. However I ...
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Is a notarized signature required on a title search?

I've noticed that in preparation for closing on a house, a title search is done. What is the name of the document that is produced when the title search is complete? And does that document need to ...
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Is it legal to use the same signature to sign multiple digital documents, in Europe?

When not using e-signatures we have to sign by "pen" even digital documents, then scan and sending them. If I scan only my signature and then I add it to various documents - via for example a pdf ...
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Loan forgiveness letter, estate law

My grandfather passed away last year. His will was recently filed, and his sister is about to be named executor. His sister took a $100,000, 5-year, 5% interest loan from him before he died. She ...
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Consent form - digital signature or just full name?

We are using a paper form to record consent to be recorded. We want to use a digital version to make the workflow more streamlined. When digital, does the form need to have a digital signature or ...
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Do Legal Documents Require Signing In Standard Pen Colors?

I have a question as to whether or not legal documents signed in non standard pen colors (Anything other than blue or black) are valid. I carry a purple pen around that use for everyday writing tasks,...
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Can I sign legal documents with a smiley face?

The signature on my driver's license is a unique and identifiable smiley face :-) I use this signature to sign all legally binding documents. A lot of the time, people reject it, and request an &...
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Authorized Signature on a bank check to a customer

Does the person who is given permission to sign as the "Authorized Signature" (at the bottom of the bank check) have to sign exactly as the real Authorized Signer or just use one's own style to sign ...
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How to "sign anywhere"

For a volunteer position at a local public institution, I have been given a list of policies to which I must agree. I have no issues with the specific policies. My question is because I was asked to ...
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If there are any fully valid/legally accepted digital/electronic signature techniques in the US

After reading this from 2016 "it remains to be seen" if in the US digital/electronic signatures will be acceptable in court as a valid alternative to "wet" signatures. I'm wondering if this problem ...
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Is a document signed using software considered legally binding?

To clarify, I am asking if the following two scenarios are essentially equivalent from the legal perspective of signing an employment contract. I suspect I may be splitting hairs, but am curious ...
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Why is signature used to sign contracts and not fingerprints?

Personal signature is used to sign contracts. However it is impossible to prove the veracity of a signature, i.e. graphology is not scientific (see http://psycnet.apa.org/record/1998-07238-000) Why ...
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Would it be feasbile to sign a document with your weaker hand and claim it wasn't your signature?

For example, say I was starting a new job and needed to sign multiple documents to start. I agree to the majority of the documents but there is one document I don't want to sign, so instead I sign ...
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What if somebody copies your signature on a contract that says you can't sue them?

What can the person do in such cases? And further more, what can the judge do to stop this paradox?
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Is it legal to electronically sign a rental lease in South Australia?

is it legal to 'electronically sign' a lease / bond arrangement? https://www.docusign.com/how-it-works/legality/global/australia states that it's not legal for "some property transactions in South ...
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Witness sabotaging a document with wrong signature

Suppose you are asked to sign a document (a will, marriage certificate, deed poll, etc.) as a witness. You secretly disapprove of the thing taking place and therefore attempt to sabotage the document ...
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Fraud.signature

A simliar question was asked about frauding over a signature. My question is what if they copy and pasted your signature to a contract.of course the person has proof that this signature was done ...
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Is a contract valid if one of the party doesn't even read it?

You might think someone must be stupid to sign a contract without even reading it. Yet I see it happen all the time, when contracts are just too long and there's no time to read stuff you suppose you ...
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What is the point of signatures?

Signing a document to show your agreement is very common, but signatures seem very easy to forge. Nowadays, with electronic signatures it is trivial - some software doesn't even include your actual ...
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Is a touch screen signature considered an electronic signature?

I am dealing with an entity that is insisting that I need to print out a document, sign it, and then scan the signed document to get it as a PDF. Initially, I had pulled the document up on my tablet, ...
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Can a signature be valid without a name datum associated with it?

I noticed that my signature got less readable over time, but improved in unique characteristics which is a positive development in my opinion, since I never see a form without a field for first and ...
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How can clicking on "I agree with ..." have any legal weight?

Many times you have to agree with some conditions or terms on website by checking the "I agree" checkbox or clicking some button. Or this - we are working on an agreement email for our client - our ...
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Are you liable to your email signature regardless of email address?

This question is related to this case. As far as I understand, email address (the domain) is like the letterhead. Email sent from an unofficial domain is not official. For example, if I send an email ...
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Does ripping up the only signed contract form invalidate it?

Suppose I sign a contract in front of witnesses, but then immediately tear it up. Is the contract still binding?
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Is a document considered falsified if it has no stamp or signature?

So if we have a falsified document (diploma, certificate, official documents, etc.), with all the correct information, submitted in electronic version, but Without a signature/stamp With a signature/...
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