This question comes up a lot when we’re designing websites, so let’s dive into what each of these legal documents is & whether you need one.
We’ll also point you to our favorite resource for getting legal documents without spending a fortune.
Note: We’re website designers — not lawyers — and this should not be considered legal advice. You should consult with an attorney about your specific situation.
A Terms and Conditions agreement spells out how visitors are allowed to interact with your site or service.
“Collecting information” includes advertising, comments, reviews, newsletter sign-up, an inquiry form, or even cookies your website places on your readers’ browsers.
A Terms and Conditions agreement isn’t required by law; however, your website (and your business) is not legally protected until you have a Terms and Conditions policy in place.
We use and recommend The Contract Shop for all our legal documents. You can download an attorney-prepared template that’s easy to customize for a fraction of the cost of a real lawyer (and with way more coverage than those freebie templates we’ve all used from the internet).
If you’re selling online courses or digital products on your website, you’ll want to get the bundle that’s specific to Online Courses and Digital Products. And if you’re selling physical products online, you’ll want the bundle that’s specific to E-commerce Stores.
If you decide to go this route, keep in mind that a free generator may not cover everything you need to be legally compliant, nor will they help you understand which laws actually apply to your business.
A Terms and Conditions agreement is not required, but is a good business practice to keep you legally protected.
If in doubt, consult with an attorney about your specific situation. Better safe than sorry when it comes to legal issues!
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