Of course, if you can implement a more high tech eSignatures regime, do so. 

For examples of available platforms, see the “Vendors” links in my eSignatures Bibliography.

In any event, here is a lower tech method  . . .

 

  • STEP ONE

If the final content of the agreement is available in Word format, convert the agreement into .PDF:

  • Open the relevant Word file.
  • Choose Create PDF from the Acrobat drop-down menu
  • Agree to save the .pdf by, in the “Save” window by navigating to the desired drive location.
  • Once conversion is complete, page through the PDF file and make sure that the content and pagination are correct.
  • Scrub the metadata in Adobe Acrobat Standard or Professional via:

 

  • STEP TWO
    • Scan the signature page(s) (and then convert) into .pdf
    • OCR the signature page(s)  by using Acrobat’s built-in Recognize Text tool
    • If there is only one signature page, once you get the Recognize Text window, press the Enter key or click on OK
    • With multiple signature pages, click to fill the radio button to the left of All Pages
    • Press the Enter key or click on OK
    • Once all the pages have been OCR’d, SAVE THE FILE

 

  • STEP THREE
    • Open the converted-from-Word file
    • Click on the Pages tab
    • Right click on the thumbnail of the unsigned version of the signature page and choose Replace Pages . . .

[If there are multiple signature pages, you can select them all via Shift+Click or Ctrl+Click]

  • Navigate to the .PDF file having the scanned signature page(s)
  • Follow the prompts until you have replaced the unsigned version of the signature page(s) with the scanned signed version(s)
  • SAVE THE NOW-MODIFIED CONVERTED-FROM-WORD FILE

 

  • STEP FOUR
    • Document > Reduce File Size in Acrobat version 9 or lower;  OR
    • “File > Save As > Optimized PDF…” in Acrobat version X (a/k/a) 10 or lower
    • Then follow the prompts to re-save the file.