In these times where we are supposed to be working remotely – how to you get documents signed? If you are used to posting documents out for signature – should you be making your clients walk/drive out to the post box?
Even without the coronavirus there was a strong argument for using digital signatures to make life easier for your clients, to speed up the process, improve conversion rates, improve efficiency and profitability. Now, the alternative is almost as bleak as: not being able to convert work or bring it to a conclusion = no income!
Last autumn the Law Commission concluded that there was no legal barrier to digital signatures being good signatures in law. Earlier in March this year the Law chancellor confirmed this – even for wills and deeds. https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/law/electronically-signed-deeds-are-legal-lord-chancellor-confirms/5103306.article
In October 2019 the Law Society issued guidance for digital signatures: https://www.lawsociety.org.uk/support-services/advice/articles/signing-and-exchanging-documents/
The Legal Aid Authority has, amongst other guidance for coping with the coronavirus crisis, stated that it will accept digital signatures in place of wet signatures: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-legal-aid-agency-contingency-response#history
Several categories of particular importance come to mind:
Other areas are affected, but these spring to mind with particular urgency.
We believe that we have come across a solution which easily allows you to arrange for the electronic signature and does not require you to first of all buy a case management system. It also claims to have a solution for the witnessing of signatures. Contact us if you would like to learn more.