Time Stamping Definition and Examples

Understanding Time Stamping for e-Signing

What is Time Stamping?

Time stamping in the context of e-signing refers to the process of recording the exact date and time an electronic document is signed. This feature ensures that the signature is not only valid but also captures a precise timeline, providing an additional layer of security and authenticity.

Why is Time Stamping Important?

  1. Legal Validity: Time stamping can be crucial for the legal standing of the document, establishing when the agreement was made.
  2. Audit Trails: It helps create a robust audit trail, making it easier to verify the sequence of events.
  3. Dispute Resolution: In case of disputes, time stamps provide undeniable proof of when a document was signed, which can help in resolving conflicts promptly.

How Does Time Stamping Work?

Time stamping typically involves:

  • Digital Signatures: Using a cryptographic algorithm to sign and time-stamp the document.
  • Trusted Time Stamp Authority (TSA): An external third-party service that ensures the accuracy and integrity of the time stamp.
  • Immutable Records: Ensuring that the timestamp, once applied, cannot be tampered with.

Real-World Examples

  • Hiring Contracts: When an employment contract is signed digitally, the time stamp provides a concrete record of the start of the agreement.
  • Real Estate Transactions: Time-stamping a contract for property sales can verify when both parties agreed to the terms, essential for legal compliance.
  • Purchase Orders: In procurement processes, time-stamped signatures ensure that orders are approved within specified timelines.

GoodSign and Time Stamping

At GoodSign, every envelope you send for just $1.50 includes time-stamping. This feature is not behind any paywall or a premium plan. You get legally valid, time-stamped signatures every time, ensuring your documents have the integrity you need.

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