Get Paid to Participate - up to $1 per post!     Twitter     Facebook     Google+
Hosting Discussion
 

forgot password?



Reply


Old
  Post #1 (permalink)   03-03-2008, 12:43 PM
HD Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 25

Status: dramaqueen is offline
I'm just doing some research on web hosting and before I get started I want to make sure I cover all my bases.

So, I don't understand, why do I even need legal advice? Can't I just get started with web hosting and go from there? Are there common legal problems that I could run into?
 
 
 


Old
  Post #2 (permalink)   03-03-2008, 06:58 PM
HD Wizard
 
ldcdc's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Ploiesti
Posts: 3,112

Status: ldcdc is offline
Quote:
So, I don't understand, why do I even need legal advice?
Well, if you'll provide a service and you'll have a TOS document, then you'll probably want it reviewed by a lawyer. Incorporation may require the advice of a lawyer and accountant too, so you can better understand your options.
 
 
 


Old
  Post #3 (permalink)   03-04-2008, 12:47 PM
HD Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 25

Status: dramaqueen is offline
Ahhh, I see. It also seems I have a lot to learn and a lot of research to do. Good thing I already have an excellent accountant. Now for an honest, helpful lawyer. That may take a little longer!
 
 
 


Old
  Post #4 (permalink)   03-06-2008, 07:01 AM
HD Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 27

Status: oc-scott is offline
Yes, also make sure that the lawyer whom you are going to contact is having good knowledge with internet laws. Most of the lawyers (from my experience) doesn't have much experience with cyber laws.
 
 
 


Old
  Post #5 (permalink)   03-08-2008, 08:05 PM
HD Guru
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Posts: 570

Status: Lesli is offline
Pick someone who has both business (service industry) and cyber-law knowledge. You're running a business, you're providing a recurring service, you're making promises about what you will and won't provide and setting rules on how your clients can make use of the service. That's a legal contract. You'll need to know someone who can advise you of any pitfalls, or be there to back you up in the event that a client begins to cause real problems for you or your business.

Just remember: you don't have to keep this person on retainer. You just need to know a reliable resource to call when you have questions. It can also be a good idea to have a legal professional read over your TOS and advise you of any potential pitfalls, for either you or your clients.

Use your local bar association as a primary point of contact. They will have a list of specialists in your area, and can make some initial recommendations for someone local.
__________________
Lesli Schauf, TLM Network
Linux and Windows Shared Hosting since 2002: Scribehost
 
 
 


Old
  Post #6 (permalink)   03-23-2008, 04:44 PM
HD Newbie
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Posts: 25

Status: dramaqueen is offline
Thanks for the help, Lesli. For a minute there I thought I would just search my yellow pages.
It makes much more sense to contact the local bar association and see if they can point me in the right driection.
 
 
 


Old
  Post #7 (permalink)   03-23-2008, 05:26 PM
HD Addict
 
purple's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Maine, USA
Posts: 226

Status: purple is offline
Definitely make sure they have adequate internet law experience. There seems to be a lack of lawyers with enough to make a difference at times. The last person I know who set up such TOS paperwork went through a contact of mine at a local firm who helped find someone, but the bar association would be a reliable source if you don't know any lawyers.
 
 
 


Old
  Post #8 (permalink)   03-23-2008, 05:31 PM
HD Management Staff
 
Artashes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 9,814

Status: Artashes is offline
Quote:
Originally Posted by dramaqueen View Post
So, I don't understand, why do I even need legal advice? Can't I just get started with web hosting and go from there? Are there common legal problems that I could run into?
Actually, if you start as a reseller, most "parent" companies allow using their Terms of Service template.
I think it is worth asking them.
 
 
 
Reply

Thread Tools

New Post New Post   Old Post Old Post
Posting Rules:
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
Sponsored By: