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Two Ways To Legally Protect Your Business Website

By Internet Lawyer, Website Lawyer, Website Legal Documents
website legal protection - terms and conditions

When your business has a website, you want to avoid lawsuits from customers and site visitors. And you hope that a government agency doesn’t decide to investigate you because you broke the law with your website’s content without knowing you did anything wrong.

Because even if you ultimately “win” a lawsuit or successfully defend yourself in a government investigation, your business still loses time and money.

Fortunately, there two simple things you can do to reduce the risk this will happen.

First, have a professional website legal compliance review performed by an experienced Internet business lawyer.

Second, get the right website legal documents (e.g., privacy policy, terms of use, refund policy, etc.) prepared that are designed to specifically protect your site.

Fortunately, you can outsource these tasks to someone instead of trying to do it yourself. Click here to learn more about getting a business website legal protection package. Or set up a phone consultation with Internet Business Attorney Mike Young.

Affiliate Disclosure: How To Do It And Why It’s Important

By Website Lawyer, Website Legal Documents

Affiliate Disclosure: How To Do It And Why It's ImportantWhen her state’s Attorney General’s office contacted her, Patricia panicked. She didn’t want to get sued by the government because of her website.

What went wrong?

Patricia forgot to add an affiliate disclosure to her site. In fact, she didn’t have a privacy policy, terms of use, and other essential website legal documents.

Why is affiliate disclosure important?

Do you promote products or services in exchange for affiliate commissions? You must tell prospective customers.

Because affiliate status is an important fact. Tell prospects before they buy based on your recommendations.

If you don’t disclose, you can get in trouble with a state government or the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Or an unhappy customer who bought through your affiliate link can sue you.

Here are two possible disclosure solutions…

1. Now if you have the budget, get website legal documents prepared by a Website Lawyer like Attorney Mike Young.

2. Can’t afford this investment in legal protection? Consider Website Legal Forms Generator Software as an alternative. Attorney Young created the forms generated by this software.

3 Surprising Things You Should Never Put On Your Website

By Internet Lawyer, Website Lawyer, Website Legal Documents

website protection legalAre you selling products or services online? For website protection, there are some things you shouldn’t put on your site.

Why?

Because the wrong content can lead to personal danger, lawsuits or even criminal charges.

Here are 3 of the most common content mistakes website owners make.

1. Home Address

Don’t post where you live on your site…unless you want identity theft and stalkers showing up at your front door.

2. Bad Customer Testimonials

Avoid testimonials that are fake, have gone stale, or contain false claims. Even if you make an extra sale or two, these testimonials invite lawsuits.

3. Stolen Website Legal Documents

You can’t “borrow” another site’s privacy policy, terms of use, etc. without the copyright owner’s permission. And if you do get permission, there’s a good chance the docs won’t provide the website legal shield you need.

Do You Want Website Protection?

Then invest in quality docs prepared by an experienced Website lawyer.

If you have the budget, check out our Website Legal Protection Package.

Don’t know how you’ll pay this month’s rent? Consider the protection alternative of Website Legal Forms Generator software.

What Is A Website Legal Disclaimer?

By Internet Lawyer, Website Lawyer, Website Legal Documents

What Is A Website Legal Disclaimer?A website legal disclaimer is a generic term for a document posted on a website that is commonly referred to as “Terms of Use,” “Terms of Service,” “Terms and Conditions,” and the like. Most sites that have this document hyperlink to it in the footer. However, a few link to it from the sidebar.

Disclaiming Professional Advice

In addition to the above, there’s a unique type of disclaimer used by sites for attorneys, physicians, accountants, investment advisors, and similar professionals. This disclaimer will make it clear to the visitor that the website content (text, video, audio, etc.) does not constitute professional advice and that the visitor should seek such advice by speaking with a licensed professional in that field.

Related Article: Privacy Policy 101 – What Every Website Owner Should Know

It’s important to note that the exact language used for this kind of disclaimer will vary both by profession and the state in which the professional’s office is located. In other words, the requirements for a Texas law firm’s website will be different than those for a site owned by a New York City dentist.

The professional advice disclaimer can be a separate legal document on the website or incorporated into a broader terms of use for the site that addresses other issues unrelated to advice.

Common Disclaimers

Among the topics covered in a site’s disclaimer (whether or not the site is for a licensed professional’s business) are the following…

1. Earnings Disclaimers.
2. Health Disclaimers.
3. Warranty Disclaimers.

Related Article: 5 Warning Signs You’re Using The Wrong Website Legal Documents

How To Get A Website Legal Disclaimer

An experienced Internet attorney can prepare a customized disclaimer and other important website legal documents for you (e.g. website privacy policy, refund policy, etc.). Be sure to check out Internet Lawyer Mike Young’s Website Legal Protection Package.

Related Article: 7 Keys To Picking The Right Internet Lawyer For Your Business

If you cannot afford an attorney, a potential do-it-yourself (DIY) solution is Website Legal Forms Generator software. Attorney Young created the legal forms that are generated by the software.

Privacy Policy? What Website Legal Documents Do You Really Need?

By Internet Lawyer, Website Lawyer, Website Legal Documents

privacy policy and other website legal documentsWhat’s really necessary for website legal protection? The number and type of legal documents your website needs depends a lot on the site’s subject matter. For example, a website that sells toys for kids has different privacy policy legal requirements than a site that sells consulting services to businesses.

1. Privacy Policy, Terms of Use, and Refund Policy

The foundation for website legal protection consists of the site’s privacy policy, terms of use, and refund policy.

The privacy policy discloses what type of data is collected and how it is used.

Related Article: Privacy Policies – What Every Website Owner Should Know

The terms of use contains the important terms and conditions visitors must comply with as part of enjoying your website’s content.

Your site’s refund policy identifies how refund requests are processed, including any limitations on such (e.g. a 30-day refund policy). If your site sells products, the refund policy also discusses how these products are to be handled as part of obtaining a refund. This can include shipping and condition requirements for returns of physical products and proof digital products have been destroyed.

2. Other Website Legal Documents

get website legal protectionYour site’s subject matter will determine the other types of legal documents you’ll need.

For example, if you operate your own affiliate program, you’ll want to have an affiliate operator agreement that identifies the respective rights and responsibilities of you as program operator and your affiliates as commissioned salespeople driving traffic to your site.

If you have a membership website, you’ll want to include a membership agreement that protects your content so that members aren’t scraping your content to re-sell or give away to others.

Related Article – 5 Warning Signs You’re Using The Wrong Website Legal Documents

If your site is health related, such as fitness or weight loss, you’ll want to include health disclaimers. Similarly, you’ll want earnings disclaimers if your website is about making money online or offline.

3. Professional Website Legal Review.

Website legal documents by themselves aren’t enough to avoid being investigated by the government or sued. The sales copy on your site, testimonials, images, etc. can create legal liability.

Related Article – 7 Keys To Picking The Right Internet Lawyer For Your Business

A good way to reduce your risk is to have a qualified Internet lawyer perform a professional website legal diagnostic. Done correctly, a diagnostic consists of reviewing your website for legal issues and make recommendations for changes to be made to the site’s content.

Of course, you’ll want to check out our firm’s Website Legal Protection Package.