This Agreement May Be Signed Electronically

Before exchanging signatures by e-mail, it is advisable to check the specific terms of a contract in order to confirm that the parties have agreed to use electronic signatures and records. Generally speaking, most contracts can be concluded “electronically”. As stated above, documents signed by fax or scanned and sent by e-mail are often accepted as equivalent, unless this is expressly excluded in a contract. But many government agencies, such as a county recorder, do not accept faxes and ask for a document signed in the original. There are two main reasons for this clause. “The first is that the counter-clause clarifies that each party does not need to sign the same copy of the document to have a legally enforceable agreement.” It depends on the content of the contract and what the parties have indicated in the signed version of the document. If a contract changes before signing, the new text becomes a new contractual offer. If more than one party is invited to sign the document, the contract will only be signed when everyone has signed and agrees on the common content. The last part that is important in determining the legal status of an electronically signed document is the integrity of the document after signing…