Best Electronic Signature Software 2020

Best Free Electronic Signature Software

Looking for the best free electronic signature software? We’ve researched the market and listed the three top free solutions below.

Electronic signature solutions help millions of individuals & organizations execute legal agreements & optimize their document workflows. However, many of the solutions available can be expensive, especially if you only need a basic solution for a limited number of documents. Fortunately, many tools have built free plans that let you sign and manage your documents at no charge.

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What is an Electronic Signature?

According to the E-Sign Act, an “electronic signature” is a sound, symbol, or process attached to a contract or other record that is executed by a person with the intent of signing said record. Most of the time, an electronic signature is a digitized version of a physical signature.

Are Electronic Signatures Legally Binding?

Long story short, yes, electronic signatures are legally binding under the E-Sign Act, which is a federal act, and UETA, Uniform Electronic Transactions Act, which is adopted on a state-by-state basis. While we are not legal experts, we’ve provided a quick summary below of how each act contributes to the legality of electronic signatures.

LawDescription
E-Sign ActGrants legal recognition of electronic signatures and electronic records as long as all parties intend to use them
UETAEnforces that electronic documents and signatures related to business, commercial, and governmental matters suffice for legal purposes as long as the parties involved agree to proceed electronically

These acts also guarantee that a contract, signature, or record cannot be denied legally just because they are in electronic form. They also guarantee that a contract used in a transaction cannot be denied just because an electronic signature or record was used in the process of creating it.

How can I get a Free Electronic Signature?

Lucky for you, you have options when it comes to getting a free electronic signature! You technically do not need an electronic signature tool to create an electronic signature, but using one is definitely the easiest and most legally secure method.

Typically the steps include signing up for an electronic signature tool and then either drawing, typing or uploading a signature into the platform. Some platforms let you create and set a default signature that you can choose to use instead of typing, drawing and uploading one every time.

Top Free Electronic Signature Software

Here is a short-list of our top three free electronic signature solutions. Take a look our solution overviews to find out which solution works best for you or your business.

PandaDoc

PandaDoc is one of our favorite overall electronic signature solutions. In addition,PandaDoc offers the most robust free plan in the market. Features found in PandaDoc’s free plan include:

  • Unlimited document uploads
  • Unlimited document sends for e-signature
  • Document activity tracking and notifications
  • In-document payment processing

However, the downside of PandaDoc’s free plan is that it does not come with templates or audit trails. You would have to upgrade to one of PandaDoc’s paid plans in order to access these features. For an in-depth analysis of PandaDoc and its other plans, read our PandaDoc review.

PandaDoc

PandaDoc

Electronic Signature Software
Rating:
Price: Free
PandaDoc is an electronic signature tool used by over 20,000 companies. While PandaDoc can be used for any type of legal agreement, it does have a specific focus on supporting the deal process for sales professionals. This solution is best for sales professionals, and any organization that has a more complex document workflow.
Pros:
  • PandaDoc’s free plan allows you to send unlimited documents
  • PandaDoc offers a library of over 450 templates
  • Includes valuable sales features like interactive quotes, a content library, and in-document payment processing
Cons:
  • Its document editor is missing standard editing features like being able reorder pages
  • The ability to collect mass signatures comes at an extra cost
  • PandaDoc does not give you the ability to receive recurring payments through the platform

HelloSign

HelloSign is one of the most popular electronic signature tools in the market. It offers a free plan that lets you request three signatures a month.

Some of the main features HelloSign’s platform offers include status notifications, integrations with Google Drive, and audit trails. However, it does not include in-document payment processing or templates.

For an in-depth analysis, check out our HelloSign review.

HelloSign

HelloSign

Electronic Signature Software
Rating:
Price: Free
HelloSign is one of the most popular electronic signature tools in the market with over 80,000 customers. HelloSign’s main features include reusable templates, flexible signing, and integrations with software like Salesforce and Zapier. Overall, we found that HelloSign is ideal for those who need a more advanced electronic signature solution, but do not need all of the bells and whistles offered in high-end solutions like DocuSign.
Pros:
  • HelloSign offers a free plan that includes three signature requests a month
  • HelloSign supports in person signing and mass signatures
  • HelloSign offers key integrations with software like Salesforce and Zapier
Cons:
  • HelloSign does not let you edit the text of uploaded documents
  • HelloSign does not let you collect payments through your documents
  • HelloSign is difficult to use on mobile – it does not offer a dedicated mobile application

Docsketch

Docsketch is an electronic signature tool used by over 10,000 businesses. It offers a free plan that allows you to send three documents a month.

The features its free plan includes are audit reports, document reminders and notification. In addition, Docsketch is the only solution that offers the ability to use templates for free. However, Docsketch does not include in-document payment processing.

For an in-depth analysis of Docsketch and its features, we recommend reading our Docsketch.

Docsketch

Docsketch

Electronic Signature Software
Rating:
Price: Free
Docsketch is a simple, easy-to-use electronic signature tool with over 10,000 customers. It has all the basic features smaller companies need, and comes at a more affordable price point than its competitors. Docsketch is best for smaller companies with straightforward document signing processes.
Pros:
  • Docsketch offers a free plan that includes three documents per month
  • The application includes advanced features like field suggest and in-person signing not found in similarly priced alternatives
  • Docsketch has a simple and easy to use dashboard
Cons:
  • While Docsketch does include templates, there’s a limited number and less functionality compared to alternatives
  • The inability to edit documents in the application can become tedious
  • Docsketch is currently only available on the web

Check Out these Free Trials

While only a few electronic signature platforms offer a free plan, most offer free trials. These free trials let you edit and send documents for a limited period of time. There are a few differences between each free trial and what they offer, which we’ve described below.

SolutionNotes
DocuSign
  • 30 day free trial
  • No credit card is required
  • Free trial of the Business Pro Plan
  • Bulk Send and PowerForms are not available in the trial
PandaDoc
  • 14 day free trial
  • No credit card is required
  • Free trial of the Business Plan
  • Automatic contract renewals and in-document payment processing are not available in the trial
signNow
  • 7 day free trial
  • No credit card is required
  • Free trial of the Business Premium Plan
  • Enterprise features like conditional fields, attachment requests, and smart fields are available in the trial
  • In-document payment processing and software integrations are not available in the trial
HelloSign
  • 30 day free trial
  • Free trial of the Business Plan
  • Credit card information is required
Docsketch
  • Will offer a 30 day trial if Docsketch is contacted
  • Free trial of the Business Plan
  • Credit card is required
  • Does not offer a free trial
Proposify
  • 14 day free trial
  • No credit card is required
  • Free trial would be of their Grande Plan
Signable
  • 14 day free trial
  • No credit card is required
  • Free trial of the Large Business Plan
Formstack Sign
  • 14 day free trial
  • No credit card is required
  • Trial received depends on the plan chosen
Amy Yang

Amy Yang is a Content Strategist at SoftwarePundit, where she conducts in-depth analyses on software markets and products. Amy has expertise in content production and managing digital and social platforms. She's an expert in customer relationship management, social media management and cloud-based softwares, and has a minor in Web Programming and Applications.

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