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Signatures in the digital age

The first thing any good lawyer will tell you is that if it’s not in writing, it doesn’t exist. Under the law there are sometimes ways to get around that. However, the best practice for any successful business is to reduce every agreement to writing and have it signed by all parties involved. Having a written contract in place with your clients, vendors, employees and the like is essential to protecting yourself and your business.

A valid contract requires, among other things, an agreement of the parties. A good way to show that each party assents to the agreement is by requiring a signature. Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines a signature as a person’s name written in that person’s handwriting. But a signature was not, and is not, always this dictionary definition. As the human culture evolves, so does our method of validating our written works.

The act of “signing” dates back to the ancient Sumerians, who used symbols and pictures to lay claim to their works. The use of a person’s name did not come into play until the 1st century AD. Over time, it became more and more the standard to use a signature to acknowledge your work or enter into an agreement. Those who could not read or write often used an “X” as their mark while literate individuals signed their full name. Until the last few decades, the only way to sign a contract was the traditional handwritten method.

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Considerations when starting a non-profit

You want to help our community become better by raising awareness of something you are passionate about to the general populous. It can be the arts, education, homelessness, or even business development. How do you give yourself the best opportunity to achieve this goal? That’s easy, you start a not-for-profit organization! But wait, not so fast. While non-profits can make it easier to help the community there are a few things you need to consider before starting a company.

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