Q&A: Signature on public notice ad

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From the Palladium-Item (Rich­mond):

Q: We’ve been asked to include the copy of an individual’s signature on a public notice advertisement. Do we need to include text stating it is an electronic signature?

A: No. The notice in the newspaper is not a legal document so there isn’t a need for any testimonial language that the signature is valid.

A copy of the notice may be presented to a judge as proof that the notice was published in the newspaper, but the signature copy will not be an issue.

Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at skey@hspa.com or (317) 624-4427.

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