You may see email signature disclaimers on a lot of business emails…

Do you wonder why businesses have them? Some disclaimers are very long and detailed and others are very brief.

Do you need to have an email signature disclaimer in every email you send?

No, it is not a legal requirement to have an email disclaimer BUT it is very helpful if:

  1.  Your computer has a virus that is passed on by email and causes damage to someone else’s computer. You could be liable for loss caused by that damage and for failing to detect the virus and passing it on.

Your email signature disclaimer may read:

“Please note that we cannot accept any responsibility for viruses and it is your responsibility to scan or otherwise check this email and any attachments.”

2. You are providing information and advice in your email that is not meant to be tailored, individual or specific advice.

    Your disclaimer could read as follows:

“The information contained in this email is provided for information purposes only and not intended to amount to advice. You should not rely on any of the contents of this email without obtaining professional and tailored advice before making any decisions for your personal situation. We disclaim all liability and responsibility arising from any reliance placed on any of the contents of this email.”

3. If you are sending confidential or commercially sensitive emails, your signature disclaimer should include the following notice:

“This email is confidential and intended solely for the use of the person to whom this email is addressed. Any sharing, distribution, copying or use of this email without prior permission of the addressee is prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient you have received this email in error. Please accept our apology, notify the sender on the above address, and then delete all copies of this email.”

So what do you need to include in every email?

Legal requirements:

  • Your full name (first and last)
  • Your business name / company name
  • Your position/role at the business or company

Best email disclaimer practice:

  • Your tagline or a short description of your core service
  • Your preferred contact details where you are prepared to be contacted. So, if you don’t want a phone call, leave your mobile out
  • Links to your social media pages i.e. Facebook page, LinkedIn, Twitter
  • Disclaimers as required

Take a few minutes now to customise your email signature to make sure you are covered!

Need help?  I can clear up most questions during a $97 Power Legal Session or you can contact me for Quick Chat about your needs.

XX Shalini