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Sometimes, you just need a straightforward document to outline an agreement and gather a signature.
Qwilr is great for building and sharing contracts on the web. In this guide, we’ll look at how to create a contract, get it signed, and deliver a file copy to your client.
(If this is your first Qwilr Page, we also have a Getting Started Guide.)
Step 1: What about legality?
Are electronically-signed contracts legally binding?
When you build a contract in Qwilr, you'll always want to review it with your own legal advisor.
If you use our e-signature feature to collect signatures, here's what you need to know:
Our e-sign functionality complies with the requirements of Australian law, which align with the basic requirements provided for by the ESIGN Act and UETA in the USA and are recognized in many countries around the world, including the United Kingdom, Canada, France, Germany, and more.
We recommend seeking legal advice on the effectiveness of e-signatures in your own country, however. Although e-signed documents are recognized as legally binding in many countries, what actually makes the document “legally binding” is in the text your client agrees to, the type of agreement, and the context of the agreement.
So an e-signature can support a legally binding contract, but it does not, by itself, make the contract legally binding. In some cases, for example, adding the following text around your Accept button might help: "By clicking 'Accept' below and completing the 'Accept' form, I am confirming that I have read and understood the contents of this document/agreement and agree to be bound by them."
Step 2: What’s the structure of your contract?
Before you start building your Qwilr Page, it's a good idea to take stock of what needs to be included in your contract.
These details will help you decide on a layout.
You can take 2 basic approaches to laying out your contract.
With a multiple-block layout:
With a single-block layout:
Step 3: Getting it signed
With Qwilr's e-signature feature, you can:
Here's how to set up your contract signers:
If you want to collect any specific details from your clients while they're signing the contract, you can add some custom form fields to the acceptance form.
Step 4: What about a file copy?
Once the contract is signed, you and each signer will receive a confirmation email.
Those emails contain a link to download an "Audit Trail" PDF, which also includes copies and timestamps for each signature.