HelloSign's Intro to eSignatures

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is an eSignature?

According to the U.S. Federal ESIGN Act passed in 2000, an electronic signature is an "electronic sound, symbol, or process, attached to or logically associated with a contract or other record and executed or adopted by a person with the intent to sign the record."

In other words, when a signer signs an online document willfully and intentionally, it’s considered an eSignature. An eSignature works largely the same way as a handwritten or “wet” signature.

Are eSignatures secure?

eSignatures have been considered a legally binding way to sign documents and paperwork since 2000 and the security of eSignatures depends in large part on the provider of your eSignatures. Here are some of the critical security checkpoints to check off before using any eSignature service:

You can learn more about HelloSign's security here.

Are eSignatures legal?

Yes! eSignatures are a legally binding and accepted form of signature in the US, Canada, the UK, and parts of the world.

As it stands today, 47 of the 50 united states have signed the UETA. The remaining three states (Washington, New York, and Illinois) have passed their own laws regarding the legal status of eSignatures.

You can learn more about the legality of eSignatures here.

Who uses eSignatures?

eSignatures are used to sign all types of documents and paperwork, from simple one sheet agreements to complex mortgage and loan paperwork.

Here are just a few examples of how eSignatures are being used:

How do I use HelloSign to eSign?

Signing a document using HelloSign only takes a few minutes. Here are the steps to eSigning your first document:

With the HelloSign eSignature API you can:

  • Keep signers on your page by embedding eSignatures into online paperwork flows

  • Customize the signer's experience with white-labeling

  • Remove the extra step of sending signers to a third-party site to sign documents

  • Automate your paperwork to sign documents faster

For more detailed instructions, head over to our Help Center for information on this and other features.

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