Will the 2020s be the Digital Document Decade?

Digital Document Decade

My latest article in the January 2020 newsletter of the Hong Kong chapter of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) is titled “Digital Document Decade“, and asks the questions about the future of all-digital signatures applying to wills, trusts, and other paperless legal documents in Hong Kong and other jurisdictions by the year 2030.

The paper starts with:

Chances are, itโ€™s been many years since you last mailed a paper letter simply to send a
message, a piece of news, or even a printed photo to someone who couldnโ€™t have received the
same electronically. A large percentage of banking and financial transactions is now executed
electronically, and even large real estate transactions are regularly completed 100 per cent
paperlessly using tools like DocuSignยฎ. With so much of our daily lives already having gone
digital, it is fair to expect that, over the next decade, many of us will go 100 per cent paperless
with the legal documents that will govern beyond our daily lives: wills and trusts.

Earlier, I wrote posts on digital signatures and some links to laws and court cases related to digital signatures and legal documents.