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How do I eSign a document?

When you have a document to sign, it can be uploaded to an eSignature service, such as HelloSign, to generate a signature. Once the document is eSigned, you can email the document to your intended recipient. eSignatures are a legally accepted and protected form of signature. In the US, they’re covered by the eSign Act.

What is the ESIGN Act?

The ESIGN Act, otherwise known as Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, was signed in 2000 to give eSignatures the same status as written signatures.

Learn more about the ESIGN Act by downloading our free eBook: eSignatures 101.

What are the benefits of eSigning?

Being able to eSign a document is great for improving workflows. When you eSign a document, you eliminate the need to print the document, sign it, then scan it. Being able to eSign documents streamlines the process for completing paperwork and reduces productivity waste.

Here are some of the other ways eSignatures are beneficial:

  • Faster turnaround time for completed documents and contracts
  • Better security and document tracking
  • Low cost
  • Eliminate paper waste

What are the limitations of eSigning?

There are certain types of documentation that are not covered by the ESIGN Act (for example, adoption and divorce papers). For a list of documents that need to be signed in-person, you can ready about it in our blog post on eSignature legality.

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:

  • Create a HelloSign account.
  • Choose who needs to sign (“Just me”, “Me & Others”, or “Just Others”).Upload your document.
  • Sign or add signature fields.
  • Send off your document to the intended recipient.

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

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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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