Last week I was out of town speaking at two events sponsored by the Louisiana Disciplinary Board. After I had arrived at my hotel room, I checked my email and found an urgent message from a client who needed me to sign some documents and transmit them to London, England as quickly as possible.
The intended recipient needed my signature within 24 hours to be able to complete a transaction that my client needed to be done as quickly as possible.
My client found out that the lawyers in England would accept my signature by PDF, with an original to follow.
If I didn’t have the ability to sign the PDF version of the document using a digital signature I would have had to jump through several time-consuming and highly disruptive hoops.
Instead, I merely opened the PDF that was required to be signed and affixed my digital signature using the stamp tool in Adobe Acrobat X. I then flattened the PDF to ensure the signature was imprinted permanently onto the PDF and then emailed it off.
The next day I printed out the three signature pages and signed them in ‘wet ink’ and transmitted them by Federal Express.
The client was extremely pleased that I was able to so rapidly accommodate his last minute urgent request, and I was happy not to have my out of town trip disrupted.
If you want to know how to create an easy-to-use digital signature, check out this article.