Q. If I send something by fax that I have signed, is that a legal document that can be accepted in Court if necessary?
A. Yes, it certainly is. The only question would be how to prove that you really sent it. And that should not be all that difficult, although you might actually have to testify that you sent it unless it could otherwise be shown that you sent the fax and that you actually did sign the original document. And of course, you could always send the “hard copy” of the signed document to your son. In fact, I recommend that you do send the original to your son. And while I am at it, you should know that email documents are also permissible in Court to establish a wide variety of different things. Once again, as with the question above, the issue is proving who really sent the email. And speaking of email, I read something in a recent newspaper article that more and more seniors are buying computers and using email to keep in touch with their children and grandchildren. From what I can gather from the article, most people online are either emailing to relatives and friends or are looking up health information, or making travel arrangements or are tracking their investments. I think it’s terrific and I urge one and all to “get wired” and start “surfing.”