|Does one click make this contract legally binding?|
Have you switched to online registration, but have the urge to chase people down to sign a paper copy because you’re not sure if the electronic signature will hold up should you ever need it to?
Maybe you don’t have to!
Disclaimer: I am not a lawyer and “The Dance Buzz” is not a law firm and does not provide legal advice. If legal advice is required, please seek the services of an attorney.
The signature is only as good as the contract.
First things first. If your contract on paper wouldn’t hold up in court, then an electronic version won’t either.
Have your registration contract created or reviewed by a legal professional to make sure you are including the right language and terms.
Be sure to tell your legal professional what you want the contract to do: Cover liability? Create a tuition contract? Be very specific in your contract and make it air-tight. Once you have a good contract, then we can move online.
What exactly is the law?
If you operate in the United States, your electronic signatures will most likely be governed by the Uniform Electronics Transactions Act (UETA) and E-SIGN law.
The UETA has been adopted by 47 states and Puerto Rico, so unless you live in New York, Washington or Illinois, it will cover you.
How does UETA protect me and my dance studio?
A large part of this act applies to electronic signatures, which how your customers “sign” your contract and policies when they register online.
Two of the most important parts of UETA are Section 7, which gives electronic signatures as much legal value as a paper signature would, and Section 12, which eliminates the need to retain a paper copy of a registration form. This means that in court, e-signatures = paper signature and no more paper filing for us!
Anything else I should know?
|No more chasing down parents to sign registration forms!