Reasons and benefits
Heffron began using electronic signatures to remove the long delays that inevitably occur when a large package of documents needs to be signed by multiple parties and then returned.
It's a fact of life that packages sent via the post rarely arrive in the pristine state in which they left our office. And we've all been guilty of what we call 'the kitchen bench problem' – where something important arrives in the post and is left on the kitchen bench, waiting for a convenient time to go to the post office.
At Heffron, we began using electronic signatures in 2016 to solve both problems.
Our clients love the fact that it means their financial accounts and tax returns are signed and lodged more quickly. It is particularly helpful when there are multiple signatures required, when trustees don’t all live together or when the documents arrive while someone is away.
Signing documents electronically
When your documents are ready for review and signing you will receive an email from Heffron via our electronic signing platform Annature.
Once you've been through all the documents, don't forget to click "Finish signing" to let the system know that you've signed everywhere and are happy for us to continue.
Once completed by all parties, we'll send you a copy of the completed documents for your records.
Comprehensive Annature support materials:
Increased Safety and Convenience
Heffron have implemented recipient authentication as an extra layer of security when accessing your documents via Annature. Upon receiving your Annature email, you will be asked to provide a valid password to continue to view the documents. When the email is created, Heffron sets the password and includes a hint as to what your password is in the email.
If you are unsure of your password and cannot access the document, please call Heffron’s Client Relations Team for assistance.
Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and we take the privacy of your personal information very seriously. We have worked closely with Annature to verify that they are compliant with international information security standards. Annature have made security a top priority, and one of the ways they have demonstrated their commitment is by achieving ISO 27001 certification, a globally recognised standard for information security management systems. This certification was obtained just six months after the company was established, making Annature the fastest e-signing company to achieve this certification.
Using your own signature
You can set up a signature or use the signature image provided to you by Annature. If you wish to set your own signature, sign by using your mouse, finger or stylus. Our clients find it is easier to set a signature when using a tablet or mobile device.
Shared email addresses
If you share an email address with another member or trustee of the fund, each member will receive a signing email to your shared email address asking you to review and complete the documents. Check the name at the top of the email is correct so you know it’s your turn to sign.
Authentication via Geolocation
Annature uses the geolocation options built into most modern web browsers to track the approximate location of where a signing ceremony took place. This is an additional authentication method to help secure the validity of your signed documents. Sharing your location information is not mandatory, you can still sign your documents electronically if you choose to block geolocation.
Signing while overseas
This is one of the great benefits of Annature, you can review and sign your documents anywhere in the world.