Execution of Agreements and the Validity of Electronic Signatures

A Guide to the types of contract and the most common types electronic signatures.

Published: May 2019
Pages: 5
BESA Product Code: LC 8

A legally binding contract can come into existence in three ways:
 1. oral;
 2. written (signed underhand);
 3. written (deeds)

This Guide sets out the differences between a contract and a deed, and provides commentary on the requirements to execute both. It also explains the benefits of using an electronic signature -  a form of verification used to validate the authenticity, Integrity and non-repudiation and to ensure satisfaction in a legal sense of a message, software or digital document.

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