[IMGCAP(1)]Electronic signatures became effective in the United States on October 1, 2000 when Congress passed the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act.

The ESIGN Act was enacted specifically to ensure that any agreement signed electronically will not be denied legal force, effect, validity, or enforceability solely because an E-Signature was used in its formation. As a result, online E-Signatures, in both personal and commercial transactions, have been granted the same legal status as a written signature, so they are now the legal equivalent of hand written signatures.

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