June 11, 2013

Brandy Mathie co-authored “the Devil is the Detail: When Being More Thorough Can Get You Into Trouble”

To combat ambiguity, we incorporate details to further highlight our intent; we use examples to express the meaning of the words we have chosen. We spend time crafting and re-crafting clauses to ensure every potential issue is addressed, adding detail to make certain no other meaning could possibly be ascribed to the words we have painstakingly selected. It is therefore surprising that there is one document unlike any other, a document in which the inclusion of extensive detail actually creates ambiguity about the intent of the parties to it, a document that can be the downfall of the most detail-oriented among us—that document is the letter of intent.

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