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Does my online signature have to be identical to my handwritten signature?

Last Updated: Mar 07, 2012 09:19AM PST

No. The law recognizes that electronic signatures will not be identical to handwritten signatures. When using the RightSignature mouse signature pad, hold down the mouse button to sign. While it is preferable to sign your full name, initials are sufficient. Any mark you make is legally valid.

Signing a contract requires a willful mark. Therefore, when signing a paper contract, you can sign with any mark you wish. However, we generally use the same handwritten signature every time we sign documents so that it can also be used as identification. Therefore, when using RightSignature, we encourage you to sign your name as you would a normal contract.

Likewise, when evaluating a document signed on RightSignature, we encourage you to take the same precautions as you would with a signed paper document, checking to see if signatures look reasonable.

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