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Legal effects and validity of signatures.

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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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What gives e-signatures legal standing/force in the United States?

Having seen language in digital contract signing that basically say that you have to agree to use an e-signature as a signature, I feel like there's a bit of a problem in that needing to agree to use ...
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Previous Employer using my electronic Signature

My previous employer uses an electronic signature program to execute General Tenancy Agreements. I have since left the company in August. However, it has been made known to me that the company is ...
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Is it legal for a school to ask students to scan their signature and send it?

We are about 40 students at the end of college in Quebec, Canada and we are about to have an internship for our last semester. During our meeting today, the teachers talked about lots of things ...
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Why was my digitized signature rejected?

I really dislike printing out an electronic form (i.e. PDF) just to sign and re-scan it, especially if I'm going to just send out a digital copy anyway. So, usually I just paste a scanned image of my ...
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Why do legal documents often have a place next to the date?

I am talking about Switzerland. So why is there often a line for the place next to the date? Is it for some historic reason, to be easier to archive or is it to prevent fraud? Does anybody know more ...
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How do I know what I am signing on handheld digital stylus signature devices?

I'm talking about the handheld signature devices that the UPS guy has, or the credit card POS system that stores have you sign with the stylus on when completing a return. It's always a completely ...
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Is signing a document useless if no one checks the signature?

I understand that signing something creates legal binding between parties as the signature should somehow match the person. What if the person decide the sign with his left hand and just draw a line ...
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What is the remedy if a lawyer forges a client's signature on a will?

Assume that a lawyer forges his or her client's signature on a will. What is the remedy for anyone who believes they've been injured by the execution of the will?