What’s the legality of a signed and scanned document compared to a paper document?

In today’s technologically savvy world, you are much more likely to do business with people that are geographically distant from you. Scanned documents are incredibly common and simplify the process for signing documents even if you are miles apart. Business wouldn’t be as easy to do without this convenience.

There are pros and cons associated with each type of signature. As you point out a paper version could get lost while a scanned document is arguably easier for people of poor character to manipulate. I would encourage you to focus less on the signature, and more on the document you are signing as well as the individuals you are conducting business with.

The contract you sign is the legally binding document. The signature simply indicates that you read and agree with it. To ensure that the document is fair, and sound you should consider the following:

  • Be sure to read. Yes, all of it. While contracts can be incredibly lengthy, it’s critical that you actually know what it says so you are certain what you are agreeing to. Sometimes, people will try to slip in various clauses in hopes that you simply don’t notice. Don’t let this happen to you. It could make you responsible for things you haven’t discussed or could even cost you a considerable amount of money.
  • Make sure you understand it. Reading it is only part of the deal, you should also understand it. Legal jargon or other business terms may not be familiar to you. Those terms have significant meaning and could impact the overall intent of the contract.
  • Make sure you agree. Just because a document is given to you to sign, doesn’t mean you should. If you disagree with any aspect of the contract, you should ask for changes. You should then carefully review those changes.

Ensuring that a legally binding document is properly completed and understood can be an incredibly complex task. It is best to consult a business attorney to assist you with this. That way, you can have a second set of eyes to look every the terminology a well as the intent of the document. Relying on their expertise could save you considerable time and money.

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