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Draw or type your online signature, save it, and use it on any document online or on your computer.
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It's important to note that this online signature file is not considered a legally binding electronic signature on it's own without use of the full ApproveMe app or another e-signature software which legally and securely streamlines the document signing process.
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You can add these signature files into your email signature, on your website, social media, and other places on the web. You can also add them to documents you are faxing to give a personal signature touch.
You can use your new online signature by applying it to a PDF file, but without the same legally binding nature of an authentic electronic signature with unique digital signature traits. You can even apply it to files within Word, Excel, and more.
You can store your signature file via Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, or directly on your computer.
You can use your signature file on Windows or Mac desktops as well as smartphones/mobile devices.
We often get questions about what an eSignature is and how to sign documents online. Some of our most frequently asked questions are shown below.
#1: Does typing your name on a form and clicking submit hold up as a legal signature?
No. There are a number of eSignature laws across the world, such as ESIGN and UETA, which define what constitutes a legally binding eSignature. Just typing a name on a form and clicking submit has several issues that prevent it from being upheld in a court of law, these are:
- Anyone could type a name on a form. For it to be legally binding, there must be a way to prove the typed name belongs to the person it represents. For example, in the ApproveMe eSignature platform, we use a digital certificate to prove that the person signing a document is who they say they are. In addition, digital certificates are issued by certificate authorities (CA); CA's check who you are when they issue the certificate. The certificate then becomes a digital version of you.
- When you electronically sign a document online, the document needs to be tied to the signature itself. This makes sure that if anything changes in the document, for example, someone changing a clause from "I will pay $1000" to "I will pay $100", the change will be spotted.
Simply typing your name into a document cannot tie that typed signature to the document. You need to have specialist software like ApproveMe to 'hash' the document content. Hashing the document creates a unique 'fingerprint' so that if the document changes, you'll be warned as your signature will become invalid and an event of the change will be captured.
#2: How can eSignatures or online signatures mean anything?
The introduction of eSignature laws that gave legal weight to electronic signatures are what adds meaning to them. eSignature laws such as ESIGN and UETA in the USA, and EU Directive 1999/99/EC in Europe outlined the legal requirements of electronic signatures making them as valid as wet (handwritten) signatures.
But it wasn't until the development of usable eSignature software, like ApproveMe, that electronic signing came into its own. Specialist signing solutions allow you to make document signing part of a business process.
#3: What is the legal difference between a person's initials and signature?
Adding initials to the pages of a contract is not a legally binding signature that shows you agree to the terms of the contract. The addition of initials on a page show that you have read that page of the document. Adding initials is a good tool for preventing the inclusion of pages that have not been agreed on. For example after a contract is signed, adding an actual signature (whether ink on paper or electronic signature) is a statement of agreement to the terms and promises of the document/contract.
#4: Can a person have more than one type of signature?
You can have as many signatures as you like, but on any given document you should stick to the type of signature best suited to that document. So, a hard copy document would require a handwritten (wet) signature, and an electronic document signed online would require a legally binding eSignature.
It may be that you require multiple signatories on a single document. In principle, you could have a mix of wet and electronic signatures. However, in practice, this is not ideal. You should always apply the same rules for the type of signature applied to all parties. This will remove any discrepancies between the signatures. For example, if eSignatures are applied, then audit rules and document hashing methodologies are applied uniformly.
#5: What if someone can no longer write his or her signature?
If you find that you can no longer write your own signature, for example you may become disabled and lose the use of your hand, there are alternatives that can be used. The trick is to have a notary or other legal entity 'attest a mark'. This mark can be an alternative to a wet signature that is allowed for this individual. This could be an X, or a fingerprint, or some other mark as long as a legal entity, such as a notary, has attested that the individual is the person making the mark. If this is the case, it will be the equivalent of a hand written signature.
If the person could use a computer, then an electronic signature could also be an option, as signing documents online often involves a simple click or the addition of a mark.
#6: What is meant by a wet, digital or electronic signature?
A wet signature is one made by using a pen on hard copy paper. A digital signature is the process by which a document is signed online. This happens when a software that is creating the digital signature performs a routine to create a signature. This usually involves creating a hash of the document content so that any changes can be easily identified. It also has a mechanism for then 'signing' that hashed content (usually using a digital certificate). An electronic signature can be anything that constitutes an online mark, like a symbol or an image of your signature. Electronic signatures don't have the security of a digital signature, as they don't create a hash of a document, or tie the signature to the document itself.
Products, like ApproveMe, which allow you to sign documents online, use a combination of the security of digital signature technology with the ease of use of electronic signatures.
#7: Does my online signature have to be identical to my handwritten signature?
No. In fact, the ESIGN eSignature law, which sets out the legal requirements for an electronic signature states that a signature can be: "an electronic sound, symbol, 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 and be legally bound."
Your signature is special. It's unique. It represents you. It's personal. And it is by far the most intimate form of handwriting we do. Many experts believe that the way you sign your name can reveal who you are as a person in life and even in business.
Here are a few things that handwriting experts look for in determining your personality based on your signature alone:
Small letters in your signature may be an indicator that you are shy, possibly quiet and withdrawn. A small signature does, however, say that you are meticulous and can stay focused on tasks that require a high level of concentration.
YOU'RE THRIFTY; RATIONAL AND SELF-DISCIPLINED
Larger than life letters are the trademark of an outspoken person with a lot of self-confidence, and are generally someone that loves attention. It's been said before that you could be a bit dreamy and sometimes even naive.
YOU CAN BE DREAMY, INDEPENDENT, NAIVE, OUTSPOKEN AND LOUD.
Consistent and average sized letters indicate a well adjusted and adaptable individual. If all letters in your signature are equal in size, this generally indicates that you are a modest and shy person.
YOU ARE GENERALLY MODEST AND SHY.
Many handwriting experts believe that people who consistently have incoherent and/or illegible writing are arrogant and assume that everyone already knows (or rather should know) who they are.
The opposite can be said for people with easily readable signatures. You are open, honest, and you have nothing to hide because you are truly happy with yourself.
ARROGANT AND YOU HAVE AN INFLATED SENSE OF SELF.
Signatures that are over the top fancy and ornate are generally an indicator of a creative, boastful and passionate individual that loves attention.
A line cutting through the middle of your signature could be an indicator of unhappiness and a person who is sensitive or extremely self-critical.
YOU COULD BE A BOASTFUL AND INSINCERE PERSON.
A signature that is underlined could mean that you are selfish and have a sensitivity for recognition and status.
A signature with a line that is a little bit above your name means you are generally a high achiever, ambitious and proud.
YOU MIGHT BE SELFISH AND NEED RECOGNITION.
What would the handwriting experts say about your signature?
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