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"I'm not an attorney, but I play one on a message board"

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by SewingDiva, Dec 17, 2008.

  1. I decided to post this just to remind people that it's not a good idea to believe everything you read on the internet or on BYC, especially when it comes to matters of law and regulation.

    Anyone is allowed to express their opinion on a legal issue, however, no one should ever rely on anyone’s opinion unless that individual is an attorney who is licensed to practice law and you have retained them to represent you.

    I know people want to be helpful when it comes to hot button issues such as "protecting your chickens and the Migratory Bird Act" or "whether you can have chickens in your town" or "NAIS" or whatever . If you are on the receiving end of such "advice" please remember that no one can legally dispense legal advice without a license to practice law, and anything you read on BYC, or any other message board for that matter, is just the opinion of a regular person just like you and nothing more.

    We all need to be careful how we express ourselves publically when it comes to legal matters.

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    Good post.
  3. AllChookUp

    AllChookUp Will Shut Up for Chocolate

    May 7, 2008
    Frozen Lake, MN
    Good post, SD.

    No matter WHAT the subject matter is, it's our individual responsibility to research until we get the facts. Sometimes that means actually contacting an attorney, law enforcement, government office, sausage casing vendor...

    But I digress.

    Just because something made it onto the internet, doesn't mean it's fact.

  4. seismic wonder2

    seismic wonder2 I got mad ninja skills

    Feb 3, 2007
    san diego ca
    Quote:I thought that was "understood" but then I'm reminded that people still get in trouble from those stupid e-mails from Africa.

    "Put your trust in God, but if he asks you to do something stupid, ask for I.D."
  5. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    I can thank my guitar-playing attorney boss for us having chickens. I told him our deed wouldn't allow chickens / livestock, and he suggested I look at the length of time the deed restrictions were valid. Turns out the restrictions had expired three months prior (after 20 years!). Horay for real estate attorneys.
  6. LilBizzy

    LilBizzy Chicken Storyteller

    May 20, 2008
    Hmm, you got me thinking... Could it be possible that my online therapist is a FAKE? [​IMG] He said he was board certified. Hmm, maybe he meant message board certified.
    [​IMG] He said I was getting better. I bet he lied about that too.

    You'll have to excuse me- I need to go talk to my chickens.

    [​IMG] hee hee
  7. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    Quote:ROFL and nearly choked on my dinner which I am eating again at BYC!!!

  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    What if they stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night though?...[​IMG]..
  9. Beau coop

    Beau coop Songster

    May 19, 2008
    Nice reminder that we must all do our due diligence in these matters.
  10. Nifty-Chicken

    Nifty-Chicken Administrator Staff Member

    Excellent post! Considering we don't screen any body from joining BYC, the "advice" we receive on any topic is always opinion.

    We've got a community of very friendly and helpful members that want to go out of their way to support their fellow chicken enthusiasts in need. Unfortunately the advice / information supplied is often 4th person, untested, hearsay, etc. In 96.11% of the cases it won't make too much of a difference, but in some cases it can be pretty serious to apply incorrect advice without double checking the information and the source.

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