CONDUCTING BUSINESS IN THE AGE OF SOCIAL DISTANCING: ELECTRONIC SIGNATURES TO THE RESCUE?

As governments around the world move into lock-down states to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, businesses have been increasingly adopting the use of technology to maintain appropriate levels of social distancing while still carrying on business. In doing so, many businesses are facing a question that hasn’t received much attention to this point: Can we rely on electronic signatures for legal purposes? Having received several inquiries from clients in recent weeks, we are pleased to provide the following general overview of the law respecting electronic signatures in Alberta. What is a Signature, Anyhow? The word “signature” has several meanings and is used in various contexts as a verb (“

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