When a notary ver­i­fies the exe­cu­tion of a doc­u­ment, it usu­al­ly becomes a “self-valid” doc­u­ment, which means that there is no need to prove the valid­i­ty of sig­na­tures in court. Under the eIDAS reg­u­la­tion, there are dif­fer­ent types or lev­els of elec­tron­ic sig­na­ture: SES (Sim­ple Elec­tron­ic Sig­na­ture), AdEs (Advanced Elec­tron­ic Sig­na­ture) and QES (Qual­i­fied Elec­tron­ic Sig­na­ture). What dri­ves One­flow to have the upper hand over any oth­er elec­tron­ic sig­na­ture solu­tion that is on the mar­ket today is its com­plete­ness. You might con­sid­er One­flow as anoth­er elec­tron­ic sig­na­ture tool, but that‘s not the case. When it comes to a feed, putting elec­tron­ic sig­na­tures on your doc­u­ments is only part of a much larg­er image. One­flow auto­mates all your sales, tun­ing and pur­chas­ing process­es from A to Z. When you sign a con­tract, best prac­tices sug­gest that you are using a col­or oth­er than the col­or of the terms of the con­tract to enhance authen­tic­i­ty and pre­vent any­one from cre­at­ing fraud­u­lent copies of the con­tract. Blue is the norm. Do not use a pen­cil because some­one could han­dle it and avoid red ink because it is dif­fi­cult to read. Some­times a con­tract indi­cates a date when sig­na­tures are required.

This is com­mon in busi­ness con­tracts or real estate con­tracts when an offer is timed. It is there­fore advis­able to ensure that you under­stand all the terms of the agree­ment and that every “emp­ty” of the doc­u­ment is filled. And of course, make sure you get the sig­na­ture of the oth­er par­ty and a copy of the agree­ment with both sig­na­tures. (Sign­ing an online con­tract means that both par­ties can have legal copies with­out the wrath of send­ing, copy­ing or fax­ing.) The last impor­tant part in deter­min­ing the legal sta­tus of an elec­tron­i­cal­ly signed doc­u­ment is the integri­ty of the doc­u­ment after sign­ing. This means that after the doc­u­ment is signed, the doc­u­ment must be kept intact and can­not be mod­i­fied or manip­u­lat­ed. Using an elec­tron­ic sig­na­ture based on the PKI, the doc­u­ment is copied and signed with a pair of asym­met­ri­cal encryp­tion keys. There are sev­er­al impor­tant things you need to know about sign­ing a con­tract. Sign­ing a con­tract means that you accept the con­di­tions inside, includ­ing, of course, the end of the bar­gain you stop.

But did you know that some con­tracts don‘t even need to be signed? It‘s true. In some cas­es, oral con­tracts can be legal­ly bind­ing, but if you want to pro­tect your­self, it is of course a good idea to put it in writ­ing. If you enter into an agree­ment with some­one who has all the ele­ments of a con­tract (offer, accep­tance, con­sid­er­a­tion and intent) you are respon­si­ble for it, and the con­tract is for less than $500, you often do not need a writ­ten con­tract. In oth­er words, no sig­na­ture is required. You can have as many sig­na­tures as you like, but on a par­tic­u­lar doc­u­ment, you have to stick to the type of sig­na­ture that best suits that doc­u­ment. A paper doc­u­ment would there­fore require a hand­writ­ten (wet) sig­na­ture and an elec­tron­ic doc­u­ment signed online would require a legal­ly bind­ing elec­tron­ic sig­na­ture. The eIDAS reg­u­la­tion defines elec­tron­ic sig­na­tures referred to as “qual­i­fied elec­tron­ic sig­na­tures” refers to an advanced elec­tron­ic sig­na­ture cre­at­ed by a qual­i­fied elec­tron­ic sig­na­ture cre­ation device based on a qual­i­fied elec­tron­ic sig­na­ture certificate. »