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Definitions Matter with Customs

October 11, 2017 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

R. Shawn McBride recently spoke about how definitions can make a difference.

Hey, folks, Shawn here with you talking about an important thing, it’s been coming up a lot, which is definitions. And guess what? Definitions matter. In my legal practice, when I’m working with clients on contracts and agreements, we spend a lot of time on definitions. And in the business world, they can be equally important. We need to each understand what we’re meaning. And I’ve had two incidents with customs in my lifetime where definitions came up.

Here’s a real-life example where I’m trying to cross a border and something comes up. In one case, I was crossing into Canada and the Canadian border patrol asked me where my stuff was. Well, most of my stuff is at my home in the US, and I explained that to her. But she was interested in where my traveler vacation stuff was, so she was asking questions about stuff. But she didn’t specify what stuff was.

In another instance, my mother was with me and the US customs agent asked her where she was a citizen and she stated she stayed at her state of residence, not the country United States, and he was very upset about this. But, if you read the US Constitution, you’re actually a resident of, or you’re both, you’re a citizen of both the country and the state in which you reside. So she was technically correct, but we had a definition issue. We see this in business as well. People say one thing, they mean another thing.

We want to get very tight about what we mean when we say something particular and we all want to have the same understanding. This is where a lot of litigation comes from. People have different meanings they attach to the word. They thought they agreed, but they found out that they don’t agree, so don’t let this happen to you. Get ahead of the ball, build good definition, have a good solid fundamental understanding from the beginning.

If this is a type of issue that you need more information on, check out the McBride for Business blog or the McBride Attorneys blog. Subscribe to our YouTube channel at McBride for Business. Like the R. Shawn McBride Fans and Audiences pages on Facebook, become a subscriber, let your friends know, get them into the community and get your business evaluation checklist at McBride for Business. If I can help you with a keynote, or a conversation, or training, or other ways of helping your organization do more, get clearer understandings, get to where you’re going, I’m here for you. I would love to talk and understand how I can help you more. R. Shawn McBride signing off.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. William Picard.


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