Even I don't always agree with my opinion


E. & O.E.

Posted October 13, 2010 by jim young in Business

– jim young

"The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers." King Henry VI Act IV, Scene II – William Shakespeare

Have you ever seen E. & O.E. on a document from your lawyer? You’ll most likely see it on your bill.

Do you know what E. & O.E. means?

Have you ever asked your lawyer?

I did.

Literally, it means "(E)rrors & (O)missions (E)xcepted.

Translated for the layman it means, "That’s all you owe me unless I think of something else and want to add it to your bill later."

As a "layman" that’s exactly the reason I pay my lawyer. To make sure there ARE no "errors or omissions excepted”.

If we weren’t worried about errors or omissions being excepted what the fuck would we need lawyers for in the first place?

I can just imagine how my boss would react if I added E. & O.E. to one of my reports. And I don’t get paid nearly as much as lawyers do. Wouldn’t it therefore stand to reason that MY information is more susceptible to E. & O.E.s?

But I don’t go around bragging about it.

Let’s imagine if celebrities and people throughout history used this qualifying claim.

Tiger Woods: (in disclosing all his sexual encounters to his wife as part of his sex addiction therapy) "I only cheated on you 3 times – errors and omissions excepted."

Richard Nixon: "I am not a crook – errors and omissions excepted."

George Bush: "We have proof that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction – errors and omissions excepted."

Helena Guergis: "I love P.E.I. – errors and omissions excepted."

Eve to Adam: "Of course it’s okay to eat the apple – errors and omissions excepted."

And some common every day uses:

Boyfriend to girlfriend: "I promise I won’t cum in your mouth – errors and omissions excepted."

Man to bill collector: "The cheque is in the mail – errors and omissions excepted."

Wife to husband: "You’re the only man I’ve ever slept with – errors and omissions excepted."

Son to father: I don’t know how that ding got on the car – errors and omissions excepted.”

Student to Teacher: The dog ate my homework – errors and omissions excepted.”

But other than this one little issue I have with my billing, I really do love my lawyer.
With E.&O.E. of course.

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