Give Way or Yield? The jurisdiction of your contract does matter! (Law note)
Have you ever been to England? If so, you’ve likely seen their version of our “Yield” sign– the “Give Way” sign. It is a bit jarring to those from this side of the “big pond”.
Similarly, contracts can be worded differently– and, interpreted differently– depending on the state that you are in. This is why it is always a good idea to have your contract or proposal vetted for the state(s) where you provide professional services.
When confronted with a “give way” sign you have the general idea of yielding, but might be confused by that whole “left side of the road” thing in some countries, where if you are turning right, you must give way to all vehicles coming towards you including those turning left. Likewise, you might have a good understanding of your construction contract in one state, but not how it would be interpreted in another state.
As just one of many examples– the statute of repose can vary widely. In North Carolina, it is 6 years. In South Carolina, it is 10 years. The jurisdiction (state) that you are in does matter– sometimes critically so.
Have you ever found yourself in trouble because of a difference of state laws from what you are most familiar with? Share in the comments section below.