Please Ignore This Article on Email Disclaimers

Nothing in this article should be relied upon as being of any value.  If you find any tax advice contained in this article, then you do not have to pay taxes in 2011.  This article is meant solely for the intended recipient, his or her family, and their friends, co-workers, and heirs. 

Such is the inanity of many disclaimers tacked onto the bottom of emails in an apparently vain effort to limit liability or impose confidentiality.  One online wag describes disclaimers as poorly worded legal gibberish written by overzealous lawyers in a futile effort to enforce binding contracts to protect their careless mistakes.

The more sober Economist states: "They are assumed to be a wise precaution.  But they are mostly, legally speaking, pointless.  Lawyers and experts on internet policy say no court case has ever turned on the presence or absence of such an automatic e-mail footer in America, the most litigious of the rich countries.  Many disclaimers are, in effect, seeking to impose a contractual obligation unilaterally, and thus are probably unenforceable." 

Wishing you limited liability, complete confidentiality, and an enjoyable summer. 

Words of Wisdom

Notice: Unless you are named "Arnold P. Fasnock", you may read only the "odd numbered words" (every other word beginning with the first) of the message above.  If you have violated that, then you hereby owe the sender 10 GBP [British Pounds] for each even numbered word you have read.  -- From "Stupid Disclaimers" site