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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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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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 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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How to handle a disgruntled client who tries to ruin your reputation online?

I am running a small website design and development company, We have done a project for one of the USA based client. Based on my experience, more than 95% of the clients are good, but at least you ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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, ...
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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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What's a fair price? and how to point that out?

I'm a freelancer, but I don't actually get very involved with programming or application development myself. I thought this would be an interesting question to put across to you as many of you are ...
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How can I evaluate whether or not a partnership in a Social Networking Project is a good idea?

An old client asked me to work on a project which is kind of a social networking website. The idea is very good though. I know that guy and his company, he lives in EU while I am in Asia. We never met ...
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Non-paying international client (US client, UK freelancer)

I'm a British citizen, living and working in Europe, and I recently did some work for a small US company based in California. My client was working for a third-party and I was sub-contracted to work ...
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Client refusing to pay

I recently did some web design samples for a client. The client was looking for an e-commerce website and wanted to see samples of what I intended to make the site look like. They were very adamant on ...
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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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Am I considered E-Commerce when registering for DBA/Affiliate programs?

I am building multiple websites that are geared toward providing information as well as user submitted content (like fan art). A few ad programs and affiliate programs I have looked at ask me to "...
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What are the rules for Freelancing overseas with a US company but residing in the UK?

What are the rules for visas while freelancing? I am specifically asking about the UK. Typically, to stay in a country like the UK for longer then a few months, you need a work visa. This usually ...
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Voiding a contract for unethical practices

I'm currently under contract with a US-based company. This company puts me through their training program, and at the end of the program, they market me to clients. I then have to get offered a ...
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Copyright on freelance work

I'm going to start a side job to create a custom program for a couple guys. They've sent me a contract, which I'm attempting to understand. It looks fairly standard, but I'm not sure about the part ...
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Can a business have two completely different services?

I own a Software Development business with just myself. I use it for all of my freelance work. I also have tons of experience with Private Investigations and I have a few old clients wanting to know ...
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How to deal with this unknown person call who is asking for help

This has happened with me multiple times that I got from some unknown person who gives reference from my known indirect contacts.. And start directly putting his/her needs that I want so and so ...
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If a client asks for something that is illegal, am I legally liable for implementing it?

If I implement some software that is illegal (for example, for something as small as sending unsolicited email, or something as big as a deliberate bug that would cause a death), at the request of a ...
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Is it up to the Contractor, or the Employer to provide the 1099?

This is a US specific scenario that I ran into recently and was wondering if it is up to the employer or the contractor to provide the 1099-MISC tax filing form? The contractor recently asked me to ...
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What to do about a possible fraudulent client and a scam in progress?

A few years ago I had an enquiry from a potential client who was an acquaintance of a friend. I had my doubts early on that he was a scammer but initially gave the benefit of the doubt, and then ...
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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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Selling software online

I'm thinking of selling my software online, so via my website, and also via bidding sites such as eBay. Legally, is there any documentation I need to provide or get them to accept such as terms and ...
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Is an agreement by email reply enough to act as a signature in a legal contract?

I am about to start a contract with a remote client and want to start quickly. Rather than sending a signed contract by "snail mail" for them to sign and return, would it be enough to email the ...
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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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Freelance working for a company - what should my contract include?

I started working for a media company as freelance production manager/video editor two months ago, and I just received a contract that doesn't explain anything but the pay I will earn per hour. The ...
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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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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 ...