Adoption of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA) in most states, as well as the passage of Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (ESIGN) at the federal level in 2000, solidified the legal weight of electronic records and electronic signatures.
Both ESIGN and UETA establish that electronic records and signatures carry the same weight and legal effect as traditional paper documents and handwritten signatures, stating: a document or signature cannot be denied legal effect or enforceability solely because it is in electronic form.
In order to qualify as an electronic signature under ESIGN and UETA, the system that is used to capture the electronic transaction must keep an associated record reflecting the process by which the signature was created or make a textual or graphic statement that is added to the signed record, reflecting the fact that it was executed with an electronic signature.
UETA also provides that legal effect, enforceability, or validity requires that electronic signature records be: (1) capable of being retained; and (2) capable of being accurately reproduced for later reference by all parties or persons who are entitled to retain the contract or other record.
Contracts signed using Magnus Health’s Electronically Signed Documents are completely secure and deliver a detailed log of who signed and when.