We could be writing about electronic signatures, and we will before readers get to the end of today’s posting. Mercifully, as is our habit on holiday weekends, we’ll be relatively short today – not in height or stature, but in our use of electrons.
The “Why” in our title questions “why” many parties and a lot of their attorneys insist on getting a copy of every agreement, such as a lease, bearing “ink” or original signatures. Granted that more and more people are accepting an exchange of faxed or pdf-ed agreements (without the “beautiful” ink), but many of those “accepting” parties still want the “ink.” We think that there is little need for going through the exercise of doing this except when a jurisdiction’s recording process still “demands” ink. You can’t fight City Hall. Even at that, with electronic recording rolling across the country, even recording officers don’t need to see ink. [Read more...]