Questions tagged [legal]

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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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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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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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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What do I need when I want to work as freelance developer in Ireland (Dublin)?

I am german and have a MSc in CS. Since I am planning to live in Dublin for the next years and want to keep some of my current german customers as freelance developer, what legal steps do I need to ...
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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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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 ...
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Who own the “copyright” or intellectual property for the code you have written?

Assuming it has not been exclusively spelled out in the client contract, do the software developer own the rights to the code that he has written for the client? Can he reuse the code in other ...
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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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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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Freelancer refuses to be paid. What to do?

This is probably the most awkward question asked. What to do when a freelancer refuses to be paid? Let's provide more details. I requested anyone with a video camera to record an event. I write the ...
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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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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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Global freelancers and taxation

Does anyone have experience freelancing for a company located outside their own country where they are legally authorised to work? What is the best way to handle taxes in this circumstance? For e.g., ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Starting a business without filing government forms

I've learned through discussions with various people I've met in Rhode Island that there are many co-ops operating throughout the state that have never filed any kind of paperwork with the state ...
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Can I start doing work before my LLC paperwork has run through to completion?

I've started the process of creating an LLC through Legalzoom. I've acquired a client now though, before hearing back from the Secretary of State, etc. (I'm in Ohio). Can I start work/invoicing ...
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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 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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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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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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What does an LLC's limited liability really protect you against (if you are sole owner and employee)?

I have looked into forming an LLC a few times in the US (right now I am better off not doing so for tax reasons while I am abroad but that is another story). However in my research, I may be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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An employer hasn't paid me for months already. Should I keep working with them?

A little background: my employer has a client and this client is pretty big and they are using the system for many users and I'm the only resource person who knows the source code and everything in it....
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Legal obligations freelancer - Taxes and NI

I am a EU citizen living in the UK. I need to invoice an US client via pay pal, during 6 months. Do I need to include VAT in my invoice? What are my legal obligations in the UK towards taxes and NI as ...
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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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“Verifying” employer's company

I've been contacted by someone who found my posting on job search website. They claim to be "overseas" (meaning EU/USA) company hiring people. For my region, pay is very good (actually, it is ...
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Freelancing while being employed

Relying purely on freelancing to earn your bread can be somewhat risky and daunting. Say I want to do freelancing while also being employed (full or part time). What are the specific issues I need to ...
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Do freelancers working together need to register a company?

I've been working with a group of freelancers for a few years now as we all work in the same industry (web development) so we've been helping small businesses on CL a lot. We decided that we want to ...