Business as “Almost ” Usual: Social Distancing Reinforces Advantages of Utilizing Electronic Signatures and E-notarization

As Virginia law recognizes the validity of both electronic signatures and electronic notarization, legal activity and transactions can move forward without compromising vital social distancing protocols designed to limit COVID-19 spread.

The legal basis for e-signatures was established at the federal level in 1999. Next, states set about adopting comparable legislation to enable their electronic commerce. In Virginia, this was accomplished through the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA), Va. Code §§59.1-479, et. seq., which provided legal recognition of electronic records, electronic signatures and electronic contracts. It further provided that contracts and records are not invalid simply because they are in an electronic format rather than on paper. Read more here.

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