Once we’d finalised the wording of the contract, the developer sent it to me, via a service called EchoSign, for signature. EchoSign offers various ways of using the online channel to assist in the formation of contracts but the method used on this occasion was broadly as follows:
- the developer uploaded the electronic version of the contract to EchoSign;
- he then entered my email address and included a note to me;
- then he clicked send to send the contract to me;
- I entered my name and (from a couple of options) decided to sign with my mouse;
- the contract was then sent back to the developer for his (electronic) signature, upon which the system emailed out a PDF of the signed contract for us both; and
- the contract was then automatically filed (for him) in his online account with EchoSign.
It was the fastest and most painless contract signing process I’ve experienced. I know it’s no big deal to leave one’s desk if the other signing party is nearby and that one can achieve the same thing via email (scan the signed original, send it to the other party and get him/her/it to sign it, scan it and email it back, or post it back) but this method was lightning quick. I had sufficient confidence in the authenticity of the person I was dealing with and, through EchoSign, was able to obtain his signature to the contract in near real time from the US. For his part, he obtained a signed contract from me, with no mucking around, and it was automatically filed among the development contracts in his EchoSign account. Great stuff.
This is what EchoSign looks like in action: