Can Electronic Signatures be Used Legally in Court?

In a word, yes. Electronic signatures are legally binding and will hold up in court as long as they can be authenticated. To ensure the authentication process is successful, it is best to use an electronic signature company such as DocuSign, as courts have already ruled that a signature with DocuSign is valid. However, the court did not state that the records alone established that the authorized representative of Moonwalkers had signed the contract and bound Moonwalkers. Instead, the court held that DocuSign's records confirmed that Moonwalkers had reviewed the terms of the contract and were aware of them.

In addition to this, other actions taken by Moonwalkers to comply with the terms of the contract and respond to requests for information or materials from BAMS required under the contract, led the court to declare that Moonwalker had ratified the contract. DocuSign records constituted fundamental proof, but they did not by themselves determine the validity or binding nature of the contract.

No matter where you do business, you can collect electronic signatures that will be maintained in court. Some e-signature solutions even maintain a full audit log to provide you with an additional level of protection should any legal dispute arise. Compared to many legal complexities, electronic signature compliance can be relatively easy to maintain.

Sophia Walker
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