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You cannot sign a legal document on a napkin or on a handkerchief. There are rules and regulations you need to follow. And when it comes to legal documents, there is a legal paper size, and there are legal paper dimensions. Here are the dimensions and sizes you need to follow.

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Part 1 What is Legal Paper Size

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Europe and other places in the World use the international system of paper sizes. In that system, the legal paper size is A4 document, which has dimensions of 216 x 279mm (8.5 inches x 11 inches). However, in America and Canada, there is a different legal paper size, which is 216 x 356mm or 8.5 inches x 14 inches.

In the international paper size system, sizes are based on mathematical formulas. However, in America, that is not the case. So, when creating a legal document, you need to pay attention to the size and dimensions of your document. Especially if your document should be printed and signed. No matter if the document is signed electronically or in hard-copy, the size should match the legal parameters. Otherwise, the document will not be legally binding and obligating.

Part 2 What are Legal Paper Dimensions

legal size paper

Everywhere in the world, except in Canada and America, the paper size is standardized according to the ISO sizes. Those dimensions are the following:

  • A4 = 216 x 279mm (8.5 x 11 inches)
  • A3 = 279mm x 432mm (11 x 17 inches)
  • A2 = 432 x 559mm (17 x 22 inches)
  • A1 = 559 x 864mm (22 x 33 inches)
  • A0 = 864 x 1118mm (34 x 44 inches)

The legal paper dimensions are A4, or the 216x279mm. In the United States of America and Canada, the dimensions are the same, but the paper is called differently. The legal paper dimensions in America are 216x356mm or 8.5 x 11 inches. Those dimensions are called legal. The European legal size dimensions in America are called letter dimensions.

Part 3 How to Compress Legal Paper Size

what size is legal paper

Sometimes, you just have a larger document, and you need to compress it to fit the legal paper size. This especially happens if you are using American legal size document, and you need to make it fit for Europe and the rest of the world. In this case, you need to compress the document using PDF software. One such software is Wondershare PDFelement, a tool that can help you compress, but also edit, convert, and edit PDF documents. Here are some of the main features:

  • Easily edit PDF documents using annotations, highlights, comments and sticky notes
  • Make any document searchable and editable PDF file by converting the file to PDF
  • Compress PDF documents to alter the size and dimensions of the document
  • Electronically sign PDF documents to make them legally binding
  • Search PDF documents thanks to world class OCR technology

Speaking of compressing PDF documents, here is a quick tutorial how you can do it.

Step 1: Open PDF

To open a PDF document, locate the "Open" button. Find the document on your hard drive, and click "Open". The document will be in the system, and is ready for any edits and changes you want to make.

Step 2: Access the Compression Options

To compress legal paper size, you need to get to the optimization settings. Click on "File" > "Optimize", and you'll be presented with different compression sizes.

The options include web ready (optimized for on-screen viewing), office ready (optimized for printing at home or office printers), print ready (optimized for professional-quality printers), and custom. In the custom options, you can enter the size and dimensions of your document.

Step 3: Compress PDF Size

If you want to custom optimization, you can select "Custom" and set all the options you need. Once you've chosen the size and dimensions you want to get, just click the "Optimize" button. PDFelement will compress your file in a matter of seconds, up to few minutes. Wait for the process to finish, and your file will be ready for usage.

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Published: Dec 19,2016 17:28 pm / Updated: Jul 05,2017 14:10 pm

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