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Episode 10. What Your Website Needs to Be Legally Legit

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Being legally legit™️ is going to help you build your business. With legal protection, you can be more comfortable and confident with putting yourself out there. Let’s talk about why your website needs legal defense and the three pieces of legal protection you absolutely need to go pro. I’ll share exactly what you need on your website, where to put it, and how it works to keep you protected.

In this episode, you’ll hear… 

05:56 – You don’t have to work with someone to get sued by them

09:55 – Why you have to protect your website

15:57 – What a privacy policy is and why you need one

20:30 – What disclaimers you need

24:19 – Terms and conditions

26:48 – How and where to use these policies

Can someone sue you without working with you?

Yes, it’s true. You don’t have to be paid to be liable. Lawsuits are very rare, but the fact is that just one can be life or business ruining without the proper protection in place. Anything you say or write can be used to sue you, which is why keeping yourself protected in all areas – including your website – is so important.

Why you need a privacy policy on your website

Privacy policies are legally required to be on your website as long as you collect anyone’s personal information. You can’t control who goes to your website, and many states or countries have strict privacy laws. It’s practically impossible to have a website that is not tracking some kind of information these days, so the safest bet is to assume that you are.

When you need to include a disclaimer on your website

Believe it or not, a website disclaimer has to be more robust than saying “Talk to your doctor before trying this exercise.” That is a medical disclaimer and does not cover all use cases. A disclaimer needs to disclaim liability for any person who is interacting with your website or planning to work with you eventually. It’s your one opportunity to put everything upfront so that someone can’t say that you withheld information about yourself from them.

What terms and conditions are and what to include in them

Terms and conditions is a kind of “catch all” policy. It can include any policies and rules you’ve set as a business: your refund and return policy, your content sharing policy, how to contact you, how to pay for something, protecting your intellectual property, and more. This can be used at checkout if you sell simple digital products, but for bigger courses or products you will likely need something more robust.

All of these should be separate links on the footer of your website, and they need to be accessible from all areas of your webpage. All three of these policies are included in the Ultimate Bundle™️.

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DISCLAIMER: Although Sam is an attorney she doesn’t practice law and can’t give you legal advice. All episodes of On Your Terms are educational and informational only. The information discussed here isn’t legal advice and isn’t intended to be. The info you hear here isn’t a substitute for seeking legal advice from your own attorney.

On Your Terms is a production of Crate Media.

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