Bar Associations Nationwide Endorse and Market RPost to Members for Legal Proof of Email Delivery, Content, and Official Time Stamp of Electronic Communications.
LOS ANGELES, CA — Dec 5, 2006 — RPost®, the Registered Email™ service company, today announced that members from more than nine state and regional bar associations in the United States and Puerto Rico use RPost Registered Email™ service to send critical email messages and electronic documents with legal proof of delivery. With RPost services, email users have legally valid evidence of precisely what email content and attachments were sent and received, by whom and when.
RPost has established exclusive relationships with major bar associations across the United States that now endorse and/or market RPost Registered Email™ services to their members as a compelling and easy-to-use solution for protecting them in a legal challenge involving email and from future liability. The Boston Bar and Cleveland Bar are the most recent professional legal organizations to begin campaigns to educate their members on how, when and why to use RPost Registered Email™ services in their daily business. They join legal professionals from the Los Angeles County Bar, Cincinnati Bar, Clark County Bar (Las Vegas area), Colorado Bar, King County Bar (Seattle area), Utah State Bar and the Puerto Rico Bar which each endorse and/or educate their member attorneys about use of Registered Email™ services.
As recent court decisions have underscored the importance of treating email as a formal document, the legal community requires new technology that can track the electronic trail from sender to receiver and validate the original content, thereby delivering greater accountability when using electronic communications. While attorneys generally save a copy of sent emails, when they need a record of an email correspondence that will stand up to scrutiny, simply saving what was “sent” is only saving half the picture. If they need to retrieve a particular record, the other party could simply claim that they did not “receive” that email, or, worse, claim that when they did, it said something different.
“Most email users are surprised to learn that sent emails can be easily manipulated and re-saved, leaving them with little recourse should a dispute occur over the veracity of the original message content or delivery status,” said Michael T. Elliot, director, Los Angeles County Bar. “RPost Registered Email™ services close the last-mile delivery gap in electronic communications by protecting email users from liability that can result when unprotected email messages are disputed with respect to content or delivery status. By ‘RPosting’ an email message, legal professionals and their clients can rest assured that the message delivery status and content are capable of being authenticated by third parties as admissible evidence when presented in court.”
While recent federal and state statutes (ESIGN and UETA) have given electronic messages the same legal status as paper documents, traditional email applications are unable to verify the content of email messages or prove legally that a message was actually received. Bar association members, who typically include attorneys, judges, law students and other legal professionals, use RPost Registered Email™ service to send regulated or required notices while retaining proof of compliance with the notification requirement; to record email correspondence between opposing counsel in litigation; and to send legal opinions to clients and other parties while retaining legally valid evidence of precisely when they gave specific advice to whom.
“The bar associations believe, as do we, that attorneys should understand the risks in relying solely on email from their ‘sent’ folder as a record,” said Zafar Khan, CEO of RPost. “We are working with many of the leading bar associations to educate their member attorneys that RPost’s Registered Email™ service provides a record that will give the sender attorney and his or her clients the upper hand in a dispute resolution situation. Registered Email™ services prove, among other things, precisely what was said to whom and when, by email.”
Professionals in law, financial services, insurance, real estate and other highly regulated industries recognize the value in using RPost Registered Email™ messages for electronic communications that have consequence, such as binding property to insurance policies, legal notices, contracts and proposals. By arming users with verifiable proof of delivery and content, email suddenly becomes a viable alternative to overnight delivery of business critical information and allows organizations to save significant time and money.
“Registered Email™ is better than using registered letters or FedEx, since neither can provide proof of content transmitted,” remarks Judge Dana Senit Henry, a retired Los Angles County Court judge and practicing mediator, arbitrator and private judge.
RPost Registered Email™ service users receive an electronic receipt that verifies delivery, message content, and official time sent and received for any email. For the highest assurance of confidentiality, the RPost system does not retain a copy of the original email, unlike alternative “store and forward” solutions, nor does it require email recipients to download specialized software, click on links, or enter any passwords.
About RPost US Inc.
RPost® US Inc. has set the global standard for Legal Proof™ for email. RPost’s patented services provide the email sender with legally valid evidence of precisely what email content and attachments were sent and received, by whom and when. RPost has strategic business relationships with AT&T, Sprint, Qwest, BTInfonet (BritishTel) and Symantec, among others, to provide RPost services to their existing clients. Available in five languages, RPost Registered Email™ services are also used daily by the United States Government and have been endorsed and marketed by many of the influential bar associations in the United States. Headquartered in Los Angeles, RPost US Inc. has offices in Boston and Washington, D.C. RPost International Limited has offices in Canada, Costa Rica, Brazil, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland and Australia.
“Registered Email™” is a registered trademark owned by RPost.
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