What are the legal documents you need for your website
So you’ve decided to launch your own website or at least a landing page. Bravo and good for you. You’ve take a huge step to owning your content, crafting an email list and starting your business. But once you start, there are a couple of (admittedly boring) legal pages you should (and sometimes must) have on your website. Let’s talk legal.
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Terms and Condition Page
Neither is really a guarantee that your Terms could be held up by a court as a legally binding contract should something go down and you were challenged, but if you do your best to give your user notice of your Terms, make it in readable font, and don’t bury something in there that could be considered egregious, it’s you best shot.
The reason for having solid, personalized to your website Terms is that it establishes rules for using your website as well as limiting liability, protecting your intellectual property, and making all necessary disclosures. If applicable, you’ll set forth any return policies and user account policies. Should there be a disagreement, it will be in your Terms that you establish rules for dispute resolution (and that’s big) and jurisdiction.
Although it may be tempting to just find a template on the web or go with the prefilled out one that came with your website, Terms can actually be important especially if a website user misuses your website, copies your content, shares their username or wants a refund. And one thing you definitely don’t want to do is go to another website with a sort of similar vibe to yours and just copy theirs. This YouTuber found that out the hard way.
Disclaimers in your website legal pages do essentially two things. For one thing, they show all your cards and that’s important because there are some federal and state laws that are going to require you to do so. In a disclaimer, you’ll disclose that you’re not a doctor, psychiatrist, or dietitian, that you’re making a commission off of that affiliate link, or that your post is sponsored by a company, or that your previous client’s amazing results from following your coaching program are not typical. Whenever this is the case, you are more likely than not required to make the disclosure in the actual post. But then, after you do so, link to your full disclosure page. It’s just extra protection.
The second reason for disclosures are really to cover your tush. This is where you’ll try to limit your liability as much as possible. Although having a client or group member sign a waiver of liability, you may not be able to obtain a similar signature for marketing such as Facebook or Instagram Lives, or YouTube videos. This is the next best thing. Make your disclaimer as solid as possible and just go forth with confidence.
In the end, my opinion is that there are laws and legal reasons for you to have these documents on your website and you should have a basic understanding of the reasons why they are there. Templates, standing alone, are not necessarily sufficient and there is a lot of bad information out there from lawyers and services selling templates. But, this should not make you spin in confusion and stop you from putting up a website in an effort to establish your coaching practice and creating content for your future clients.
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