(9/7/14) Often, one of the many hesitations in organizations going paperless is getting rid of or converting records that have hand-written signatures. This issue is related to two legal issues: 1) the legal standing of hand-signed records that are in electronic format; and 2) if e-signatures are legally defensible.
E-signatures have been upheld in numerous court cases and are considered legal defensible documentation according to the U.S. Supreme Court. Based on the Rules on Electronic Evidence from the Supreme Court, essentially electronically signed or scanned in hand-signed documents are:
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