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A tag for legal issues surrounding freelance work, such as tax or company incorporation. Questions with this tag *must* follow the "Back it up" rule.

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Supplying your own people to a client. Conflict of interest? Full disclosure?

I was recruited as a software developer through an agency to an end client. Now having worked with the client for a couple of years they trust me and are always asking if I know fellow developers that ...
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Recruiter forwarding freelancer's profile without consent

Recently I responded to a request from a recruiter of a UK-based, "award-winning" recruitment company. We talked on the phone, and the recruiter proposed to submit my profile to a project as well as ...
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If I am licensing a website to a client, what should the copyright on the site say?

I am currently negotiating a license agreement with a former client that I have stopped developing for. It was up till now just work based on a verbal agreement. Now as we are going seperate ways we ...
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Site created for agency…can I show it in my portfolio?

Previously my agency have created few websites for a marketing agency. They put their site link on these sites: "Site by " Can we put these sites created, in my agency portfolio? There is no NDA ...
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Using images in your website without a direct consent of the subject

I am developing a website for my client, and the content for the site is usually provided by him. So in one particular case, my client provided me with images of "his employees". Now my question is: ...
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Is a hosting party a 'third-party'?

I'm creating a new privacy document based on the GDPR. I have a site which collects some personal data (first name, last name, location, etc). My site (including database) is hosted by a hosting ...
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Client refusing to pay, threatening to involve lawyer

After working on a freelance Graphic Design project in New York for an individual wanting to start a magazine I had to return back to the UK for visa reasons. I did not manage to complete the project ...
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Is it compulsory to mention my postal address in an invoice I create?

I've seen this question about the confusion on using a residential address, but my question is that since I'm a software professional and I don't expect the company to deliver anything to my postal ...
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Best alternative to get revenue from a mobile application

An acquaintance has asked me to create a Mobile Application for his business. There are two alternatives to get revenue from the application. Get paid one time OR Get a certain percentage of ...
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How to grant a license to others to use your app

To my understanding, a person must always have a license to use an app. If I get a contract to build a small, simple app, must I still explicitly give a license or is it implied when I send the ...
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How do I secure an idea when approaching a company?

The website of a major webservices company could benefit from a simple additional feature. Technically, it would be straightforward to implement this feature (they don't need me for this). ...
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Virtual address for freelance use?

I'm a solo freelancer working from home in a developing country. Sometimes I need a trusted-feeling address to show for my clients. Is it illegal to rent a virtual address from a developed country ...
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Buying 100% member interest in existing LLC. Do I need a new EIN?

I'm soon going to close a transaction with the owner of an existing single-member LLC, that will transfer 100% of the current member's interest to me, making me the sole member (owner) of the LLC. It'...
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When to take legal action against client for outstanding payment?

I have an hourly-rated contract with a client (small tech company, ~5 people + a few contractors). The first 7 months went well - payments tended to be a week or two late on occasion, which I ...
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Does LLC Protect from Personal Lawsuit

I am looking on taking my first job as a freelance developer and the project involves ecommerce. We are starting to get to the contract talks and I wanted to make sure if anything goes horrible wrong ...
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If I develop websites as a freelancer, can I use my Forge account for all my clients while charging them a monthly rate for services?

I've just become a freelance web developer and I have a paid subscription to Forge. I want to host all my new clients' sites on my Forge account. Each client pays an upfront cost for the website, plus ...
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Can I write a book from someone's else talk?

I'm a freelance writer and decided to write a book basically by transcribing someone's else talks in a different language. A person has 50 videos where he talks about certain subjects. Theses videos ...
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Ensuring software modules I build aren't used for illegal purposes?

When freelancing with a client you know well or do not know well, when they ask you to develop your software functionality in independent modules that can be plugged into any project they create, how ...
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General liability insurance for online business

I'm looking at general liability insurance but the market doesn't seem to comprehend that there might not be a physical location. It's entirely an online business and I work from my laptop remotely ...
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Do I charge taxes to clients in the Netherlands when I'm based in a state with no sales tax?

I am currently based in Portland, Oregon in the US. As a note, Oregon has no sales tax. I have a client in the Netherlands who pays for multiple Skype-based coaching sessions. My client pays through ...
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Belgium V Luxembourg - cost of living for a non-EU freelancer?

Any guides for the cost of living Belgium and Luxembourg for a non-EU IT freelancer/ self-employed? Eg, monthly rent, tax, VAT, health insurance, food, etc. Any local freelance websites for IT ...
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How to be not liable if my application became something used for illegal stuff?

I am currently working as a freelancer in a Freelancer platform (Freelancer.com). I accepted a project that is requires cURL and PHP knowledge. He has the original script handed down to me, basically ...
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I'm okay to take equity but no written agreement?

Someone that I met recently offered me an equity-only position for a non-existing business (only ideas, nothing started), and I accepted that. However, the business person insisted we wouldn't have ...
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Import / export license for software development outsourcing

If I am based in the united States and outsourcing a software application development work to a individual in India. Do I need a import license or does he need to have a export license for me to be ...
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Should I warn client that I'm going to have to threaten legal action?

I've been chasing annoyingly small invoice of £100 for over a month now. The client keeps ignoring my emails and phonecalls. Twice he's texted me to apologise with some kind of excuse for why he's ...
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How worthwhile is contractor insurance (esp. in Canada)?

I have an employer here in Canada wanting me to do a gig as an independent contractor, and start asap. Front-End web, fairly straightforward project. At the same time, they and/or the recruiter are ...
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Freelancing at 20 hrs/week. Client wants to move me to full-time. Can I do a 40 hrs/week retainer contract instead under my consulting corp?

Background: I'm just a couple weeks into starting as a freelance consultant. I'm on a contract at the moment that's like a 20hr/week retainer as a sole prop. I'm planning to incorporate as an S-corp. ...
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I am a US citizen living in the US, can I freelance for a UK company?

I was on a student visa in the UK, but now I am going back to the US and am trying to figure out if I am allowed to freelance for the company that I had interned for in the UK while living in the US.
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What laws classify an employee as a contingent worker?

I was reading this in Wikipedia: However, there is risk involved in avoiding these costs if an employee is improperly classified as a contingent worker. What laws make this a risk?
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What kind of contract and where to get it from?

Where is the best place for a freelance software developer to get a contract? Is it necessary to get a lawyer or is it sufficient to buy a contract online? I am in England. How much should each ...
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My client wants me to use pirated software. What should I do?

I have been in negotiations with a client over the past few days about a large job he needs me to perform. It requires the use of an expensive piece of software. When I asked about the licensing, he ...
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How to verify a US based company?

I have been recently hired by a US based company to code on their platform. Living in a different country, how can I verify that the company is legit and how do I find any information regarding the ...
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Essential elements on contracts

What kind of essential elements should I ask to have on my contract? I can't afford an actual lawyer right now so I am using online services. I will, of course, have them check it. Anyways, here are ...
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Transferring revenue from self employed to LTD company

I have recently published an iOS app that is performing (much) better than I expected. Initially the app was a personal learning and development project, and as such the proceeds from Apple are ...
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Client asking for a refund of advance payments for an uncompleted project

I am from India. I have worked on a project from a software consultancy company here in Mumbai, India. I started the work after receiving an advance payment, but soon the client started to change his ...
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Client owes me substantial money, I got another job full-time, client wants me to hand over keys to next developer without payment

I have a small business client who I freelanced for before getting my current full-time php development & server administration job. Let's call the client "Joe's Pizza" (not actual name). Joe's ...
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Client wants to sue me, but we haven't signed any contracts. Should I be worried?

I've been working on contract jobs for this client for about 3-4 years. He's never given me a W2 and just told me to file my own taxes as a freelancer. I've worked on 3 projects for him, each time he'...
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Are more corporate doors open for incorporated freelancers?

I am aware that some companies are reluctant to directly hire unincorporated independent contractors for shorter-term software engineering projects. What happens is that instead they engage the ...
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Employer Via Freelancing Platform Threatening To Take Legal Action Against Me

The long story short is I was engaged, hired and paid via an online freelancing platform to do some development work. I believe I performed to the best of my abilities, however the guy who hired me is ...
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Freelance on tourist visa in Australia

Hi I have been trying to seek for a specific answer, I hope anyone can help.I am a Filipino Citizen and will visit in Australia this September 2016-April 2017 for the 2nd time. My boyfriend will ...
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How I can be hidden from my current working company?

I am working in one good company as a senior iOS developer and have some good experience in it. I have some free time in personal and I want to earn more money by doing freelance work online And I ...
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Can I be held responsible for HIPAA violation?

I am currently developing a web-application for a client in the US (I'm from Switzerland). The client's application will handle sensitive data which falls under the "HIPAA Security Rule" (patients ...
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My freelancer stopped responding and we paid him more than he's completed, how to handle?

We paid him most of the payment total and have found out that most of the code isn't functioning as we had expected. We're learning from our mistake but I'm trying to see how I can get some money back....
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Beta testing experience in portfolio

I'm an online freelancer that has established a reputation in my niche. Because of this, I have received and participated in Beta testing opportunities. I'm trying to figure out how I can showcase ...
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Partners logos - legal obligation [closed]

I am using services such as AWS and MS Azure to host websites for my clients. Is it OK / Legal to use those companies logos on my websites as a partner or this is considered infringement?
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How do I prove my source of income as a freelancer?

Recently I've been doing some banking paperwork in which i had to submit my proof of income. I work as a freelance graphic designer on Fiverr Freelance Marketplace and Istockphoto, so i wonder How to ...
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Starting an eCommerce site of an other business

I'd like to know if it's legal to start under somebodies else business without their consent. I know one store and asked multiple times if they have an e-commerce/online shopping site where I can ...
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Are you responsible for the legality of the code you provide to every client?

I've been really interested in data scraping and headless browsing and was ready to put some samples in my portfolio for future clients ... after doing some research on this topic I found that there's ...
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Working while traveling out of country

I am a Canadian resident and citizen. I am planning to take a 4-6 month trip to the USA. The REASON for my visit is pleasure, but I still intend to work on my existing freelance projects, and other ...
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Client threatening legal action constantly

I have a client who is constantly threatening legal action against me even though I don't think I have done much wrong. I have done EVERYTHING I possibly can to keep the client happy, but it is never ...