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Are Wet Ink Signatures Still Legal?

United Spinal Association recently filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for the alleged unlawful “wet ink” signature requirements imposed on persons with disabilities in connection with applications for certain disability benefits of the Social Security Administration (SSA). 

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The claim argues that the requirement that a claimant for disability benefits provide an original signature (not an e signature) makes an already cumbersome application process even more difficult.  

Added to this difficulty, is a pandemic and a postal service that is experiencing significant delays and disorganization.  Hopefully the plaintiffs in this claim will prevail and the Social Security Administration will allow claimants to utilize an e-signature to file a claim for benefits instead of the current wet ink signature requirement. Read the full claim here.

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