I am starting an on-line business where I will sell a monthly subscription box of goods. I am getting ready to build my web site. I have already registered as LLC. I have not filed any other paperwork - ie: state. I will be signing people up to pay monthly, every 6 months or yearly, as well as selling individual items and information.
In theory, you can do this without an attorney. But why? Keep this in mind: you will ALWAYS pay more for a lawyer to fix something than to do it right in the first place. Pay a little now or a lot later – the choice is yours.
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Like Mr. Rinaldi pointed out, you should consider hiring an attorney to do this for you as most people who "self-help" in the legal realm foul something up that causes problems down the road that can be VERY expensive to fix.
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Many people attempt to do this on their own by just copying from another site. For a website that is not involved in commerce and taking people's money, you might probably be fine with that. However, if you are taking money from customers, you are introducing all kinds of customer service issues and you need to be protected with a properly prepared user agreement. It will cost much less to have it done properly now than to have a mistake corrected in the future. You should also look into insurance covering data breaches and product liability.
Yes, you definitely need a lawyer. Especially since you are using a subscription service as well as your direct purchases.
there will be other questions you find as you seek to open an e-commerce web site or App. Working with a lawyer as you begin will save you a lot of money in the future.
I have written a legal guide on this site with issues you will need to discuss with an Internet attorney. I have placed a link here for your convenience: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/legal-steps-to-opening-a-new-e-commerce-website-app-or-blog
You may want to discuss your situation with a lawyer in more detail. Many lawyers on Avvo offer a free phone consultation.
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