The Harvard Business Review blog network typically has some well-written, thought-provoking posts. But the one I read today, “Yes, Corporations Are People,” is worthy of praise — not as much for its commentary or writing but for the editor’s footnote:
Editor’s note: The author — or, more to the point, his company’s lawyers — would really like you to know that RBC Wealth Management – U.S. is a division of RBC Capital Markets, LLC, a member of NYSE/FINRA/SIPC.
In other words, “We don’t think you’ll care, but some lawyers are making us tell you this.”
That’s the best disclaimer I’ve ever read. And, as an ad agency proofreader, I read lots of them.
Who’d have thought that a disclaimer — typically a hotbed of legal-speak and Corporate Blah Blah — could be personable and even slightly sarcastic?