According to a recent report issued by The Office of the Florida Attorney General, the deceptive and fraudulent practices around foreclosures and robo-signing, especially the licensed Notary Public were – let’s just say – unbelievable. We scoured the report and here are the top failures around the notarization signing process:
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GreenFolders Adds Settleware’s On Demand e-Sign Service
July 9, 2012, Salt Lake City, UT – GreenFolders, provider of the GreenFolders electronic office management system announced today that it has partnered with Settleware to bring its users e-signature capabilities.
For over a decade, Settleware® has been a pioneering leader in the area of electronic signatures. Based on patented secured technology, their real-time signing solution fully automates contract execution – collapsing to minutes a process that often takes hours or days.
In making the announcement, Mike Kirby President and CEO of GreenFolders stated “ With our ongoing commitment to improving workflow and eliminating paper-based processes, Settleware was a logical and synergistic addition to the GreenFolders platform.” He went on to say “By utilizing their e-Sign technology, our customers will be able to further capitalize on the cost-savings and efficiencies derived from working in a truly electronic environment.”
GreenFolders office management system provides users with the capability to manage, work on, mark-up, share, and store files electronically. With the addition of e-signature capabilities, GreenFolders users will be able to take a document from creation through execution and to final storage in an entirely electronic format – eliminating the need for paper.
“We are excited about this partnership with GreenFolders.” stated Kyle Stephenson, Senior Vice President of Settleware. “As purchasers of real estate become increasingly tech-savvy, industry professionals will need the tools to function in a fully electronic environment. GreenFolders in conjunction with our real-time service provides this tool.”
Users of GreenFolders latest version will have immediate access to Settleware’s electronic signature services.
GreenFolders, Inc., a Utah corporation headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, provides innovative electronic office management software solutions that help businesses reach their potential by becoming more efficient, using less paper, and collaborating more effectively. More information about GreenFolders and the GreenFolders office management system is available at www.GreenFolders.com
Since 1999, Settleware has been a pioneering leader in the area of e-signatures. Its patented secure e-Sign solution reduces time frames and eliminates paper-based delays by enabling users of its technology to securely send, e-sign, return,track and eVault any document requiring a signature. More information about Settleware can be found HERE.
For a couple of Orange County (CA) residents Thanksgiving weekend just wasn’t what they were accustomed to. A Nevada grand jury indicted the couple in what appears to be the first criminal case filed connected to the nationwide ‘robo signing’ scandal. According to Jeff Collins, reporter with the OC Register, ‘both are title officers who worked for the Jacksonville, FL mortgage servicing firm Lender Processing Service.”
The time is ripe for the Lenders ‘C-Level’ Suite to step up, put a stake in the ground that these issues should never be tolerated – and move forward with an all-electronic and digital transaction – eliminating the associated fraud associated with human error, back-dating, white-out, cut and paste signatures, substitution of false documents, etc. Secure ‘tamper-resistant’ document processing technology has been available for years – tested, live and certified (by all Industry participants/leadership-sans Lenders) - gurading against such ‘all-so-common’ instances of fraud and outrageous manipulation. The article further mentioned a Huffington Post quote from University of Minnesota law Professor Prentice Cox, a former Assistant State Attorney General, adding: ” When criminal prosecutions are done for robo-signing, I would hope the target of those prosecutions would be the people who designed the system and profited from it, not just the low level people doing what they were told.” Read More…
Thinking about adding secure and efficient e-Signatures to your current
workflow? Well, quite bluntly, not all vendors offering e-Sign solutions are
the same. Just this week we heard of a REALTOR® that ‘grabbed’ an tablet e-Sign
app off the Internet and actually used this tool on a real estate transaction. When asked about levels of security, tamper evident audit trails, non-repudiation and lenders, Fannie Mae, County Recorders acceptance, etc., blank stare – huh?
As electronic and digital signatures affixed to contracts and agreements continue to gain adoption, seems like everyone is now jumping on the bandwagon. We also read where a Mortgage vendor, now claiming expertise, is offering this solution for Free, huh? Same compliance questions – who has certified or willing to accept these as binding?
When it comes to Real Estate and Mortgages, our 30 year old domain experience has advanced our vision for a complete digital, electronic and paperless real estate and mortgage transaction over the Internet. Having collaborated with Industry experts and pioneers for complete ‘buy-in’ we now enjoy at least a 4-5 year head start and provide the Industry’s ‘Holy Grail’ - a pure electronic end-to-end solution – from opening to closing (and beyond).
In another example, the real estate promissory note is probably the highest liability document any consumer will ever sign (representing the asset and in some residential markets that could translate to a $ 10 million or more risk) yet many so called e-Signed experts have not even approached, no less been certified by, the required compliance agencies, huh?
Not all e-Sign vendors are alike – ask the questions.
It’s hard to believe that after more than a decade of the passage the Federal E-Sign Act (June 2000) we are still reeling from headlines like this:
More foreclosure irregularities alleged in Maryland
Former law firm employee says over 1,000 deeds were recorded with false signatures
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You have to wonder what else it would take for the Industry to adopt secure and compliant electronic signatures, records, contracts, agreements and processing? ‘Robo-Signing’, backdating and manipulative notarizations, people falsely ‘wet’ paper signing as imposters, etc.-astounding!
Now is the time for all good lenders, servicers and investors to reduce the ‘human error’ factor and protect all parties involved in one of the largest transactions anyone will make in their lifetime. identity verification, authentication, Tamper sealing, document integrity, secure e-Vaulting, etc. No longer an experiment – the time is now to stop the Madness!