About seven million fax
machines are now operating in the
U.S., and it's getting harder every
day to do business without one.
Even the smallest-volume builder
is likely to have a fax machine
these days. The fax is a genuinely
useful tool, allowing quick, easy
communication with suppliers and
subs, clients and architects. So it's
no wonder that many contractors
are now using their fax machines
to send contracts and other legal
documents. The question,
however, is whether such documents
are enforceable under law.
The courts have yet to rule on the
issue. Legal trends indicate that
they will eventually rule in favor
of faxed contracts, but until they
do, the prudent fax user should
heed the following.