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Severance Agreement - Omtool Ltd. and Martin Schultz

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                            [OMTOOL, LTD. LETTERHEAD]

                                                             December 31, 1999

Martin Schultz
Omtool, Ltd.
8 Industrial Way
Salem, NH 03079

Dear Martin:

         This letter will serve to memorialize our agreement regarding your
transition from employment at Omtool, Ltd. ("Omtool" or the "Company").

         As discussed previously, on or before December 31, 1999 (the
"Separation Date"), you agree to officially resign as an officer and employee of
Omtool. As of the Separation Date, your salary will cease, and any entitlement
you have or might have under a Company-provided benefit plan, program or
practice will terminate, except as required by federal or state law, or as
otherwise described below. You shall continue to serve as a member of the
Company's Board of Directors.

         Along these lines, on or before January 10, 2000, the Company agrees to
pay to you the lump sum of $225,000.00 in consideration for your execution of
this letter agreement on or before December 31, 1999. This payment will be
subject to all applicable federal, state and/or local withholding, payroll and
other taxes.

         The Company also agrees, in consideration for your execution of this
letter agreement, to pay for the lease and car insurance for the automobile that
you leased while employed by Omtool up to and until April 29, 2001. Thereafter,
Omtool will have no obligation to make any payments whatsoever regarding this
leased automobile. You will be responsible for the payment of all other expenses
relating to this leased automobile, including, but not limited to, gas, repairs,
and any other items.

         The Separation Date shall be the date of the "qualifying event" under
the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 ("COBRA"). If you
elect after the Separation Date and in accordance


with the provisions of COBRA to continue health coverage under the same plans
available to active Company employees, under the same rules, restrictions and
regulations applicable thereto, the Company shall make premium payments on your
behalf (equal to its contribution made during your employment with the Company)
for a period of eighteen months from the Separation Date. Thus, if you elect
coverage, the Company will make premium payments on your behalf up to and until
June 30, 2001. You will receive additional COBRA information under separate

         In addition, Omtool is pleased to engage you as a consultant commencing
on the Separation Date. Attached hereto is a Consulting Agreement setting forth
the terms of your responsibilities and compensation as a consultant to Omtool.

         In exchange for the Company's agreement to retain you as a consultant
and the payment and Company benefits outlined above, and other good and valuable
consideration, receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, you hereby agree that
you, your representatives, agents, estate, heirs, successors and assigns (the
"Releasors"), release and forever discharge the "Releasees" (defined to include
Omtool, its predecessors, successors, parents, subsidiaries, divisions,
affiliates, assigns, and its and their current and former directors,
shareholders, officers, employees, representatives, attorneys and/or agents, all
both individually and in their official capacities), of and from any and all
actions or causes of action, suits, claims, complaints, contracts, liabilities,
agreements, promises, debts and damages, whether existing or contingent, known
or unknown, suspected or unsuspected, which arise out of your employment with,
change in employment status with, and/or departure from employment with, the
Company. This release is intended by the Releasors to be all encompassing and to
act as a full and total release of any claims that the Releasors may have or
have had against the Releasees for any conduct occurring prior to the date of
this Agreement, including, but not limited to, any claims arising from any
federal, state or local law or regulation dealing with either employment or
employment discrimination such as those laws or regulations concerning
discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual
orientation, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, marital
status, any veteran status or any military service or application for any
military service; any contract, whether oral or written, express or implied; any
tort; or common law.

         You also agree and acknowledge that the payments and benefits set forth
in this letter, together with payments and benefits previously provided to you
by the Company, are complete payment, settlement, satisfaction and accord with
respect to all obligations


and liabilities of the Releasees to you in connection with your employment with,
and separation of employment from, the Company, including, without limitation,
all claims for wages, salary, draws, bonuses, commissions, compensation,
severance pay, expenses, vacation pay, stock and/or stock options or other costs
or sums.

         Since you are 40 years of age or older, you have been informed and
agree that you:

         (i)    have or may have specific rights and/or claims under the Age
                Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967;

         (ii)   are, in consideration for the Company's agreement to engage you
                as a consultant and the other payments and benefits described in
                this agreement, which are in addition to anything of value to
                which you already may be entitled, specifically waiving such
                rights and/or claims you might have against the Releasees to the
                extent such rights and/or claims arose prior to the date this
                agreement was executed;

         (iii)  were advised when presented by the Company with the original
                draft of this agreement on December 31, 1999, that you had at
                least 21 days within which to consider this agreement; and

         (iv)   have been advised in writing to consider the terms of this
                agreement carefully and consult with or seek advice from an
                attorney of your choice or any other person of your choosing
                prior to executing this agreement.

         After signing this letter, you may revoke your agreement for a period
of seven (7) days following said execution. The agreement shall not become
effective or enforceable until this revocation period has expired.

         You agree that you have returned to Omtool all Company property and
materials, including, but not limited to, personal computers, laptops, fax
machines, scanners, copiers, diskettes, intangible information stored on
diskettes, software programs and data compiled with the use of those programs,
software passwords or codes, tangible copies of trade secrets and confidential
information, cellular phones, credit cards, telephone charge cards, manuals,
building keys and passes, courtesy parking passes, names and addresses of all
Company customers and potential customers, customer lists, customer contacts,
sales information, engineering information, memoranda, sales brochures, business
or marketing plans, reports, projections, and any and all other information or
property previously or currently held or used by you that is or was related to
your employment with the


Company ("Company Property"). You agree that in the event that you discover any
Company Property and materials in your possession after the Separation Date, you
will immediately return such materials to the Company.

         You agree that you shall not divulge or publish, directly or
indirectly, any information whatsoever regarding the substance, terms of
existence of this letter and/or any discussions or negotiations relating to this
letter to any person or organization other than your attorneys, accountants or
members of your immediate family, or unless required to so disclose under law or
court order. Nothing herein shall prohibit or bar you from providing truthful
testimony in any legal proceeding or in communicating with any governmental
agency or representative, or from making any truthful disclosure required or
authorized by law; provided, however, that in providing such testimony or making
such disclosures or communications, you will use your best efforts to insure
that this paragraph is complied with to the maximum extent possible. Nothing in
this letter, nor any of the proceedings connected with it, is to be construed
as, offered as, received as, or deemed to be evidence as an admission by the
Releasees of any liability or unlawful conduct whatsoever.

      This letter and the attached Consulting Agreement represent the complete
and sole understanding between the parties, and supersedes any and all other
agreements and understandings, whether oral or written, except for the
Noncompetition, Nondisclosure and Inventions Agreement dated July 22, 1996
between you and the Company (the "Noncompetition Agreement"), which shall remain
in full force and effect in accordance with its respective terms. You agree that
your obligations under the Noncompetition Agreement (a copy of which is also
attached herewith) expressly survive the cessation of your employment with

         The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of this agreement
shall not affect the other provisions of this agreement, but this agreement
shall be revised, construed and reformed to the fullest extent possible to
effectuate the purposes of this agreement. This agreement may not be modified,
altered or rescinded except upon written consent of you and the President of
Omtool. Any waiver of any provision of this agreement shall not constitute a
waiver of any other provision of this agreement unless expressly so indicated
otherwise. This agreement, which you shall not assign, shall be binding upon and
inure to the benefit of you and the Company and our respective heirs, successors
and assigns.

         You acknowledge that you carefully have read and fully understand all
of the provisions of the agreement and that you


knowingly and voluntarily agree to all of its terms as set forth in this
agreement. You also acknowledge that in entering into this agreement, you do not
rely on any representation, promise or inducement made by the Company, with the
exception of those promises described in this document.

         On behalf of Omtool, it gives me great pleasure to reaffirm your
continued involvement with Omtool.


                                              /s/ Adrian A. Peters

                                              Adrian A. Peters

Acknowledged and agreed to
this 31 day of December, 1999

/s/ Martin Schultz
Martin Schultz
Chief Technology Officer



         I, Martin Schultz, acknowledge that I was informed and understand that
I have at least 21 days within which to consider the attached agreement, have
been advised of my right to consult with an attorney regarding such agreement
and have considered carefully every provision of the agreement, and that after
having engaged in those actions, I prefer to and have requested that I enter
into the agreement prior to the expiration of the 21-day review period.

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                                        Martin Schultz

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