When you find that you are sending the same type of eSignature documents to clients very often, you can save yourself time in preparing these documents by creating a template that can be applied to filled-out versions of the same document.
Creating a Template
To create a template for eSign documents, go through the following steps to turn a blank version of the document into a template.
Step 1: Find an appropriate place in CoraCloud to upload a blank PDF version of the type of document you wish to create a template from. (Uploading to one of the Entities in your “My Firm” section works perfectly).
(In this example, we are uploading a blank PDF version of a blank real estate purchase agreement.)
Step 2: Click the three-dot menu for the file and select ‘eSignature’.
Step 3: Select ‘Create Template’ from the pop-up window.
Step 4: Give the template a name and description. In this example, we’re using a “Real Estate Agreement”. Below the name and description, you need to enter the roles of the people who need to sign this type of document. You can add additional people to sign the document by clicking ‘Add more users’ at the bottom left. You can also make sure the document is signed by users in the correct order by checking the ‘Enforce signature order’ box at the bottom left. (Roles tell CoraCloud how many people will be signing the document and lets you pick who needs to sign what in the next step.)
(In this example of a Real Estate Agreement, we need to have 3 people sign the document, the Buyer, the Seller, and the Agent.)
Once all the options are how you like, click on ‘Create Template’ in the lower right corner.
Step 5: Now it is time to prepare the template in the same fashion you prepare a single eSignature document. Drag the required eSignature components from the right side of the preparation screen to the appropriate field on the document. If you make a mistake by picking the wrong type, you can always right-click on the component to delete it. You can resize the components by hovering your mouse over the triangle in the lower right corner until it turns into a double-arrow, then left-click and drag to resize the component.
Step 6: Now that you have all the necessary components on the document and in the places they need to go, you will want to assign them to the appropriate person/user role. Right-click each component and choose the ‘assign’ option to pick who needs to complete that field. Go through the entire document and do this for each component. You can always change who is assigned to each field if you make a mistake during this step.
Step 7: Once you are satisfied with all of the fields in the document, click ‘Save as Template’ in the lower right corner. (Please note that once you create the template it cannot be changed. If you realize that you made an error during the creation process, you will need to create a whole new template.)
Applying a Template
You can apply the template that was created to a completed version of the document and send it to persons that need to sign it by following the steps below.
Step 1: Upload a completed version of the document to the appropriate location in CoraCloud. If one of the signees is a client, then that client’s external folder is a good place to upload the file.
Step 2: Click on the file’s three-dot menu and choose ‘eSignature’.
Step 3: In the pop-up window select ‘Apply Template’. Next, pick the appropriate template from the list presented.
Step 4: On the next screen, enter the email address of the user(s) signing the document for each appropriate role. If the signee is a client in CoraCloud then you’ll be able to pick them from the dropdown list. If they are not one of your clients in CoraCloud, then you’ll need to type out their full email address and also their first and last name on the correct role line. Once all emails have been entered click ‘Apply Template’ in the lower right corner.
Step 5: This will bring you to the final review of the eSignature document before sending it. You’ll see all the required fields highlighted in each user’s assigned color and you can check which signee is which by opening the “Signers” drop-down at the top right.
Step 6: If everything looks good you can click ‘Save & Send’ to send the eSignature document to all users.