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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What guarantees do employers/freelancers needs to take for big projects?

If you plan to be involved in a project that is relatively big, costs a large amount of money, and extends for over a month, what kind of guarantees and planning ahead do you need to do to protect ...
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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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 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 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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Retain intellectual property for art sold on CafePress?

I’m interested in selling some of my art on CafePress, but I don’t want to allow others to use my art for profit. Sure, CafePress takes a cut of sales. But I decide when my art goes up. And (as I ...
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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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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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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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How to learn copyright laws affecting freelancers and self-employed people

I've been considering starting my own company or doing some freelance work. I've heard through mainstream media that copyright law affects lots and lots of different types of work, especially the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Which legal business entity for consulting in RI, USA [closed]

I'm considering starting a business in the state of Rhode Island in the USA. I've begun to do the research on options available to me, and it's clear already that there is a dizzying array of options ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...