How are dubious signatures analyzed in a judicial process?

Posted by media on January 19, 2017 at 9:00 AM
It may be an excuse for not paying, a ruse to lengthen a lawsuit, or it could also be the plain truth, but what’s for sure is that more than one company, bank or insurer has thought of what might happen if a client or provider doesn’t recognize their signature in a contract. Or the contrary situation could also happen: that a person claims to be the signer of an agreement, when in fact he or she is not.

What happens in these situations? The normal course of action, when a signature is questioned, is that the matter will enter the judicial field by civil means. However in some cases, especially when what is claimed is a monetary import, the issue can be taken to criminal court alleging the crime of falsified documents.

And the final question in front of court is: who has actually signed the contract? In order to determine a signer's identity in cases of contesting contracts, a forensic handwriting expert will analyze the dubious signature and perform a handwriting analysis to discover the signature’s true author.

In this post we want to talk about the work of a forensic handwriting expert and how he/she analyzes a signature, be it handwritten or electronic, to verify a signer's identity in case of litigation.

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Topics: Legality

The 5 essential TED Talks for CEOs

Posted by media on January 17, 2017 at 9:00 AM

With the motto of “Ideas worth spreading”, TED Talks are already very popular all over the world. Promoted by the non-profit organization with the same name, they date back to 1984, but it was in 2006 when its free distribution through the Internet made them global phenomenon.

TED talks deal with all types of topics, with the ultimate goal of expanding a deeper understanding of our world. To do so, prominent people in a certain field to new talents in the most varied disciplines share their reflections in sessions no longer than 18 minutes.

For example, TED Talks speakers include politicians such as Bill Clinton or Al Gore, musicians like Bono from U2, or stars from the tech world such as the founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Due to the extraordinary proliferation of new talks around the world created under the TED brand, in this post we want to list five talks especially relevant for CEOs.

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Topics: Trends

How Grupo MEDIAPRO uses the electronic signature to comply with legal regulations and streamline their project’s execution

Posted by media on January 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Grupo MEDIAPRO is an audiovisual giant with offices in 33 cities in more than 21 countries and more than 4,500 professionals. Among its many activities, they focus on the production of audiovisual content, films and interactive contents, as well as the management and distribution of sports events. In order to carry out this type of work, there are many regulations that they must meet to avoid any legal irregularities that could pose a risk to the company's employees, which could also damage its reputation.

With the aim to optimize all of their processes necessary to close and execute projects where signed documentation is normally required, Grupo MEDIAPRO’s efficiency department launched an electronic signature project. Beginning in October 2015 with the introduction of a new tool in the labor risk prevention department, the production department and the legal department: Signaturit’s electronic signature tool.

In this post we want to explain how Grupo MEDIAPRO carried out the electronic signature project, and how it has proved to be a success. The company has been able to reduce the cost of management hours by 95%, thus obtaining the necessary signatures to comply with the legal regulations established in record time and avoiding the classic delays in executing audiovisual projects. 

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Topics: Client Stories

The legal validity of contracts signed with advanced electronic signatures

Posted by media on January 10, 2017 at 9:00 AM

In Spain, the legal effects of contracts are governed by private law. The Spanish legal system has granted autonomy to parties, giving them freedom to agree or negotiate the aspects that are of their interest (provided they are not illegal and do not violate morality and good manners). Therefore, such agreements shall be binding for the parties.

The latter is based on the fundamental principle of the Spanish Civil Law called "pacta sunt servanda", and on the effects of Article 1258 of the Spanish Civil Code, which states: "contracts are perfected by mere consent, and since then they are compelling, not only to the fulfillment of what they expressly agreed, but also to all consequences that, according to their nature, are in accordance with good faith, use and law. 

In this post we want to talk about the legal effects of contracts signed by parties that are in different places at the time of signing, and who sign the contract via a technological medium such as the advanced electronic signature.

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Topics: Legality

What is biometric authentication and how is it combined with Signaturit’s advanced electronic signature solution?

Posted by media on January 5, 2017 at 9:00 AM

The use of biometric authentication systems is starting to grow at a high speed. According to a study by Juniper Research, more than 600 million mobile devices will have this type of authentication system by the year 2021– which means multiplying the number of smartphones with biometric technology by 3 in 5 years.  

In this post, we want to explain what exactly biometrics is, what it’s for, how we apply biometric technology in our advanced electronic signature solution, and how the biometric data we collect during any signature process serves to complement and reinforce the electronic evidences that unequivocally prove the signer's identity.   

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Topics: Electronic Signature