2010 Wisconsin Code
Chapter 137. Authentications.
137.12 Application.


137.12 Application.


(1) Except as otherwise provided in sub. (2) and except in ss. 137.25 and 137.26, this subchapter applies to electronic records and electronic signatures relating to a transaction.


(2) Except as otherwise provided in sub. (3), this subchapter does not apply to a transaction to the extent it is governed by:


(a) Any law governing the execution of wills or the creation of testamentary trusts;


(b) Chapters 401 and 403 to 410, other than s. 401.306.

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NOTE: Par. (b) is shown as amended eff. 8-1-10 by 2009 Wis. Act 320. Prior to 8-1-10 it reads:

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(b) Chapters 401 and 403 to 410, other than ss. 401.107 and 401.206.


(2m) This subchapter does not apply to any of the following records or any transaction evidenced by any of the following records:


(a) Records governed by any law relating to adoption, divorce, or other matters of family law.


(b) Notices provided by a court.


(c) Court orders.


(d) Official court documents, including briefs, pleadings, and other writings, required to be executed in connection with court proceedings.


(2p) This subchapter applies to a transaction governed by the federal Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, 15 USC 7001, et seq., but this subchapter is not intended to limit, modify, or supersede 15 USC 7001 (c).


(2r) To the extent that it is excluded from the scope of 15 USC 7003, this subchapter does not apply to a notice to the extent that it is governed by a law requiring the furnishing of any notice of:


(a) The cancellation or termination of utility services, including water, heat, and power service.


(b) Default, acceleration, repossession, foreclosure, or eviction, or the right to cure, under a credit agreement secured by or a rental agreement for a primary residence of an individual;


(c) The cancellation or termination of health insurance or benefits or life insurance benefits, excluding annuities;


(d) Recall of a product, or material failure of a product, that risks endangering health or safety; or


(e) A law requiring a document to accompany any transportation or handling of hazardous materials, pesticides, or other toxic or dangerous materials.


(3) This subchapter applies to an electronic record or electronic signature otherwise excluded from the application of this subchapter under subs. (2), (2m), and (2r) to the extent it is governed by a law other than those specified in subs. (2), (2m), and (2r).


(4) A transaction subject to this subchapter is also subject to other applicable substantive law.


(5) This subchapter applies to the state of Wisconsin, unless otherwise expressly provided.


(6) To the extent there is a conflict between this subchapter and ch. 407, ch. 407 governs.

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NOTE: Sub. (6) is created eff. 8-1-10 by 2009 Wis. Act 322.

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History: 2003 a. 294; 2009 a. 320, 322.

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Legal Effects of Electronic Transactions. Serum. Wis. Law. Feb. 2005.

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