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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Typical client situation - Needs advice

Ok. Client's project (an app) was suppose to get over in 2 months time. We continued to send him builds. BUT, everytime we send him the build, he will take 2 months to give feedback to that build. And ...
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Paying Taxes on Work Done Via Internet

I work full time at a company but on the side I also do freelance web design. This year I helped a friend, who lives in Australia, with his website. We never did a formal 1099 but he did send me ...
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is NDA valid just because you signed it and had no further work

i got in touch with a person last year regarding one of his projects, and he wanted me to start working after we sign the NDA, and so i did as he seemed very assuring about the project and all. but we ...
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Risks of paying freelancer / subcontractor in Iraq / Kurdistan?

I'm living in the U.S. I've found a great coder (who happens to live in Iraq / Kurdistan) to do some programming work on a website of mine. He's a computer science student there. He hasn't done ...
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Can I remote work while in the US as a Mexican student?

I am Mexican, and about to live in the US for 1 year as a student with an F1 visa. I currently work remotely for a US company as a freelancer/contractor which pays me via PayPal. Once I move to the ...
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Handling a client that doesn't pay after services are delivered

What are the ways of protecting your income while working as a freelancer? I did contract work for a company day and night for 4 months, full-time. They were supposed to pay those 4 months of fees ...
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Legal procedure for freelancers partnership

I'm currently working on a mobile game as an independent freelancer and I recently got in touch with a talented designer for eventual partnership. I'm willing to pay the designer for his ...
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Handling a client that doesn't pay v2

I have the same story as this, but I do have time logs in google docs like: an NDA signed by me (don't have a copy signed by the other party, though) + email correspondence. We had the project back ...
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If I transfer the work to my friend without notify the client, is it ok?

I just wonder that if I got too many jobs which I can not handle at the same time, can I transfer some of them to my friend? if so, should I notify the client? of course I will make sure the finally ...
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UK company hired me, threatened to file charges against me

I am a freelancer based in the Philippines, and was hired by a UK-based company towards the beginning of September. While I was hired, I neither signed a contract nor signed an NDA. After a month of ...
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Claiming outstanding fees on a website that has since been taken down/altered

Background Very small project, mostly adding content to a CMS site. Client happy with work, but now can't pay due to lack of funds. After several months I informed the client that I would take the ...
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Can I cancel a contract if I'm not paid on-time?

I had started a project with a fairly new client about six months ago. Up until three months ago, they had been paying me without delay, but unfortunately, my latest invoice is currently unpaid and ...
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Legal document/vinculation for being paid with future profits

I've been talking with a company about some improvements on their website and an app, but they don't have budget, instead they told me: We have no budget. Simply none. We have future profits we can ...
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Do I risk anything if I shut down a product that hasn't been paid?

I have been working on a "big" advertising website for a known company in my country. The job wasn't much paid but interested so I did it. I also worked lot of overtime to build everything they needed,...
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Is a 1099 required when one freelancer hires another?

If I'm a freelancer but I need to hire another freelancer to help me on something, do I need to send the other person tax documents (W9) and report 1099 later on?
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German freelancer working for a UK company, what is needed?

I'm living in Germany and registered as a Freiberufler and working (directly) for a couple of companies in here. Now I got an offer for a contract with a UK based company, do I need any extra ...
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How do freelance web developers approach security and liability?

Liability How can clients expect small teams and individuals to be liable for a security breach when the news is filled with governments/corporations with huge ITSec budgets getting hacked? We're ...
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Freelancing intermediary for business invoice

I'm a part time freelancer but don't yet own a business as the work is too sporadic and accounting expenses and paperwork are too much of an overhead for now. I've provided services for someone in ...
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Reporting tax to IRS when working for foreign clients

I recently started freelance graphic design in the US. I read that if you are self-employed, earning $400 a year, on etsy, anything you have to report this income to the IRS. What does this mean ...
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How to protect yourself from clients who are scammers or involved in illegal activity?

As I start looking into the possibility of freelancing more and more, I've run into a problem (as someone had warned me before on here). I am afraid of dealing with scammers online (or even offline). ...
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Partnership vs. Contract Work

I've been freelancing for a while and would like to step up my game a little. As my client base grows, I find myself employing the help of close associates and enjoy consistently working with them and ...
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Is it legal to use code written for a customer's app for a personal business app?

I have written a web app for a client. In our contract we have it explicity written that we retain rights to all of the code within the app. Is it legal to repurpose that code for a similar app that ...
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Is it okay to use screenshots of other websites on my websites “sales” page?

I'm a new web design freelancer and don't really have a portfolio to show my potential clients, therefore I've been having a tough time in getting them to visualize what exactly it is that I'll be ...
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Client is not paying for my work

I know it is very common problem that client doesn't pay for the work done. But in my case Client is not a company, he is an individual. I gave him support for his work. I already told him that he ...
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Clients who don't pay their invoices what are your options?

Given the following facts regarding their agreement: - Client is past due their invoices - Freelancer is an independant contractor / consultant - Not always is there a deliverable product What ...
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Filing UK corporation tax - who must file online?

Because I'm not signed up for online filing and doing so requires waiting for HMRC to post me a security code, I was about to download and fill in an offline CT600 (Short) for my small UK-registered ...
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Late Fees or Finance Charges

Is a business required to disclose late fees or finance charges on an invoice in order to legally add charges for late payments?
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Am I okay to use a client-provided laptop and work phone with IR35?

I'm using a client-provided laptop to carry out work on a day-to-day basis. However, another contractor is using a personal one for IR35 reasons (ie, using his own demonstrates that he's not an ...
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Is it ok to make a new invoice if an old one is lost?

If I lost an old invoice or had mistakenly put wrong information in that invoice (like a missing field or wrong address), is it ok to generate a new one with the same amount, send it to the client and ...
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How can intellectual property protected in an software developer agreement?

How can client protect his business interest, prevent developer to sell software to client's existing partners? How is it incorporated in a software developer agreement? My precious contract included ...
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Legality of providing freelance support for a product which my current employer previously supported

I currently provide technical support for a very niche product sold by a relatively big-name company (at least within this particular industry). However, they are planning on ending support in a ...
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How to deal with cross country contracts?

If I were to sign a freelancing contract with a person (client) from another country, which country's jurisdiction should we agree upon? I don't want to agree upon his country's law and he doesn't ...
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How do I prove my source of income?

I intend to freelance with a client. It is a one-to-one (person-to-person) contract. What all should we mention in the contract to prove that I'm earning money legally by freelancing (and ...
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Client expanding the scope - now demands refund

I agreed to work for a remote client (USA). He had almost no specs defined. Up to a point I kept asking questions to him to derive features but later he grew greedy and kept asking for more and more ...
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Client threatening to take legal actions — How should I have prevented this?

I recently was in the mockup stage with a client (with whom I didn't enter any contract or anything) and provided him mockups of designs. I asked for an upfront (very small just because he was first ...
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How to ensure the person signing the contract is authorized to do so by the company?

This might be a stupid question, but I want to cover all my bases, after all, that's the whole point of having a contract, right? I've prepared a contract for my freelance work. When I approach a ...
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Legalities of client making modifications to source code under a non-exclusive license

If I make a website for a client and all the coding is original work and I sell them a non-exclusive license to use the material in their business, would they be allowed to modify the source code in ...
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How to keep client liable for licenses?

I'm going to work on updating a client's software. It was built with a framework which is free to use if you make the software open source, but otherwise requires a license. How do I make it clear ...
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Contract vs no-contract

What is the use of signing a contract? Can the client sue me for poor quality work if we don't have a signed contract? (Emails are the only sources of proofs for invoices and payments)
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From the UK and want to freelance while living in Latin America - best way to advertise I am English but cheaper because I live in another country?

Have been searching on the internet for a bit without much luck so thought I would post my question up here (I imagine I am not the first with this though!) I'm 28 years old and have about 5 years ...
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EAN and UPC codes on Amazon [closed]

I want to add my first software product as an independent programmer to my Amazon store. However, they are asking me for an EAN or UPC code. I can buy one for about 10 pounds, but will one be ...
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Approaching a company with an idea

A few years ago I did 2 consecutive summer internships at a company. The company has a core system X which is used for many ‘events’ (I don’t want to give too much away about the companies involved ...
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Is it required to register under any authorities to work as a freelancer?

I am working for an friend in India and do spare time freelancing software development. I had worked for less then 10 clients and got the payment transferred to my personal account. So my question is ...
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Can I use screenshots of my development works in a huge organization in my personal portfolio?

I am building my personal portfolio. I have very few works to showcase which I have freelanced. But I have extensive amount of experience working in client projects during my job as a Frontend ...
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When hiring my first employee, what should be my main “HR” concerns?

I've been a solopreneur for a number of years now, and when my son was old enough, I got him involved in helping with my business. But he is off to college soon and I will need to hire a replacement ...
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Client threatening to sue me for a failed task

Similar questions have been answered here before but my case is a bit different, hence opening up a new question. Client from Sweden sent me a contract stating it is governed by US laws. I am in ...
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Using client's idea to develop an app

I was hired by a client to develop an Android app for him. We've worked together once, and when he offered me the job we didn't make any formal agreement. Now after finishing the development of the ...
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Bartering - client has cancelled and is asking for money

Nine months ago I agreed to exchange my services as a designer in return for free consultations from the client (who is a doctor). We agreed that we would exchange our services by matching hours for ...
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Boilerplate text for an End User License Agreement (EULA)

I have a client who is a small ISV about to release their first PC application. They are looking to me as the app developer for advice on the EULA to accompany the software. Is there a boilerplate ...
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I.T home support - protecting myself

I'm looking to get some extra work and start my own I.T support business for home users only. Examples of work: - Working on computers in front of the client - Clients drop off computers, I fix them, ...