Electronic Signature Act

How HelloSign complies with the Electronic Signature Act

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Electronic Signatures have been around longer than the iPhone or Gmail. This legally binding technology is constantly improving the way things get done. Just as email has replaced traditional mail for most business communications, traditional pen and paper signatures are quickly being replaced by electronic signatures.

It’s been over 10 years since the ESIGN Act was put in place, giving eSignatures the same legal weight as traditional signatures. Put simply, an electronic signature is an electronic marker that indicates that a person is agreeing or approving a contract or the contents of a document.


According to the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, otherwise known as the "ESIGN Act", electronic signatures have the same legal standing as signatures using pen and paper. A contract or document cannot be denied its legal effect, validity, or enforceability because it’s it electronic form.

This is great news because it means that people no longer have to sign documents in-person. Using eSignatures, a person could be halfway around the world and sign a legally binding document. eSignatures have been a huge modern-day convenience for many individuals.

Laws that govern eSignatures

any customers using HelloSign can rest assured their documents are legally binding and admissible as evidence in legal proceedings. In addition to compliance with the ESIGN Act, HelloSign is also compliant the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) and the Electronic ID and Trust Services (eIDAS) regulation designed to replace the EU Directive and set to take effect on July 1, 2016. 

Under eIDAS, there will be a consistent legal framework for the acceptance of electronic signatures across all countries in the European Union for the first time in history. All eSignatures through HelloSign are widely accepted as legally compliant by all 28 countries in the EU.

What's not covered?

It’s important to note that eSignatures have some limitations. There are specific exceptions in the ESIGN Act that you should be aware of. The following types of records and documents that aren’t covered include:

  • Adoption and divorce paperwork
  • Court orders and notices
  • Wills, codicils, and trusts
  • Cancellations of utility services (includes power, water, and heat)
  • Notices of repossession, foreclosure, eviction, or the right to cure
  • Product recalls or material failure
  • Documentation that accompanies hazardous materials, pesticides, or other toxic or dangerous materials

So rest assured, eSignatures are perfectly legal in most cases, and is protected by federal law. Don’t hesitate the next time you get an eSignature request!  Get started with HelloSign today!

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Did you know you can electronically sign documents online, even when they're in an un-editable format like a PDF? Signing PDF documents online makes in incredibly simple to get your most important paperwork filled out and signed quickly, even when you don't have access to a printer, scanner, or fax machine. HelloSign – an eSignature solution – gives you all the tools you need to sign PDF documents online.

HelloSign provides legally binding electronic signatures, each protected by an army of security regulations and compliances. Using HelloSign, you can format your PDFs with special formatting fields (like text fields, check boxes, date fields, signature fields, and more) so you can fill out PDF documents and insert your legally binding signature. You can also send the completed document via email to recipients of your choosing.

It’s simple to get started!

Step 1
Create your HelloSign account.
Use the Google authenticator or enter in your email and a password.
Step 2
Upload your PDF document.
Pull the PDF document into your account from your desktop or upload from one of the many apps we integrate with, like Box, Evernote, Google Docs, and more.
Step 3
Format the PDF using special formatting fields.
Just drag and drop each field onto the relevant part of the document.
Step 4
Fill out and sign the PDF.
Enter your information into each field, and insert your electronic signature to make the PDF legally binding.
Step 5
Send and store.
You have the option to send the completed document to a recipient or recipients via email. A copy of the completed document will also be saved to your HelloSign account.
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It's easier than ever to sign all your most important documents without the hassle of a printer, scanner, or fax machine. Legally binding electronic signatures empower you to sign documents online using a desktop, tablet, or mobile phone.

HelloSign is an eSignature provider dedicated to making the process of signing paperwork less painful and cumbersome. Using our free eSignature tool, you can create an electronic signature, format documents, store signed documents – all online!

In addition to providing easy to use electronic signatures, we also offer other services that make paperwork a breeze. Here are just a few features you'll enjoy with a paid HelloSign account:

Prepare a document once, save it as a template, and then use it again and again.
Data validation.
You'll never have to worry about accidentally filling in an email address in the wrong field.
Email alerts.
Enjoy automatic email reminders and alerts for any action taken with your document. For example, you'll see when a document has been opened, viewed, and signed.
Secure storage.
All documents are kept safely and securely in your HelloSign account.
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Please note these features may only be available on certain HelloSign plans. Please contact a Sales representative if you are interested in learning which plan would be best for you.

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