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3 Internet Legal Mistakes To Avoid On Your Website

website legal mistakesWhy Avoiding Website Legal Mistakes Is Important

Your website visitors quickly look for signs to see if you’re legit or a fraud. When you consider how many get-rich-quick con artists operate online, who can blame them for being skeptical?

Here are three of the most common website legal errors that make your business look like a scam even if you’re an honest entrepreneur.

1. Missing website legal documents

If your site doesn’t have at least a Privacy Policy, a Terms of Use (sometimes called a Terms of Service or Terms and Conditions of Use) and a Returns/Refunds Policy, it isn’t ready for prime time when it comes to website legal protection.

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Website visitors want to know whether you respect their privacy plus their rights and responsibilities when using your website. And if something goes wrong with a product or service they purchase from you, they want to know how to get a refund if eligible.

2. No support contact information.

Whether you’re selling a product or a service, you’ll want to have at least two easy ways for prospects and clients to contact you. These can include your company email address, a contact form, online chat, telephone number, and/or a snail mail address.

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Let’s face it. If your contact information isn’t readily available on your website, there’s an appearance you’re running a scam.

3. Inaccurate website ownership information

One of the easiest ways to lose trust is to represent your business as being one thing on your website while having the domain name registration say something entirely different.

For example, if you’re claiming to run a successful tech company from your Silicon Valley office, it screams “fraud” to have your site’s domain name registered to you personally at a home address that’s an apartment located in Boise, Idaho.

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Although there are other legal pitfalls when running a business website, these are three of the most common website legal mistakes that are simple to fix. An experienced Internet lawyer can review your site for other Internet legal mistakes and advise you on what to change to protect yourself and your business online.

Mike Young, Esq.

Author Mike Young, Esq.

Mike Young has been practicing business and technology law since 1994 and is an angel investor in startups. He's been an entrepreneur since 1988. To get legal help from Attorney Young, click here now or call 214-546-4247 to schedule a phone consultation.

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