What are the legal documents you need for your website

So you’ve decided to take the big leap off of the the ‘gram and onto your own website or at least a landing page.  Bravo and good for you.  You’ve take a huge step to owning your content, crafting an email list and starting your business.  But once you start, there are a couple of (admittedly boring) legal pages you should (and sometimes must) have on your website.  Let’s talk legal.  

Privacy Policy Page

First, there’s the Privacy Policy. You may or may not be legally required to have one on there under certain laws and I’ve got a course that quickly and easily breaks it down for you. You can sign up for it here.

Terms and Condition Page

Terms and Conditions, which are sometimes called Terms of Service or Terms of Use, are not really required, but are nonetheless a really good idea and I like to have a page that is separate from the Privacy Policy. Terms are basically the contract you have with your website visitors and potential users, customers or clients. They are agreed to by the website visitor by either of two methods. First, there's "clickwrap," which is when a website visitor affirmatively checks a box that they have read and agree to you Terms (which is conveniently linked) before doing something like making a purchase or signing up for a newsletter. Second, there's "browsewrap," which is when you include language in your Terms that there continued use of your website constitutes an agreement.

Neither is really a guarantee that your Terms could be held up by a court as a legally binding contract should something go down and you were challenged, but if you do your best to give your user notice of your Terms, make it in readable font, and don't bury something in there that could be considered egregious, it's you best shot.

The reason for having solid, personalized to your website Terms is that it establishes rules for using your website as well as limiting liability, protecting your intellectual property, and making all necessary disclosures. If applicable, you'll set forth any return policies and user account policies. Should there be a disagreement, it will be in your Terms that you establish rules for dispute resolution (and that's big) and jurisdiction.

Although it may be tempting to just find a template on the web or go with the prefilled out one that came with your website, Terms can actually be important especially if a website user misuses your website, copies your content, shares their username or wants a refund. And one thing you definitely don't want to do is go to another website with a sort of similar vibe to yours and just copy theirs. This YouTuber found that out the hard way.

As a fitness instructor and lawyer, I've created a really solid and easy to use template for my fellow entrepreneurial fitness pros to use. I understand our world and our business and I've created a solid, yet easy to understand and use Terms and Conditions template. As a bonus to that purchase, I'm including a solid Disclaimer template with your purchase that is perfect for the health and fitness online entrepreneur. What's a disclaimer? Let's get to that in the next section.

Disclaimers

Disclaimers in your website legal pages do essentially two things. For one thing, they show all your cards and that's important because there are some federal and state laws that are going to require you to do so. In a disclaimer, you'll disclose that you're not a doctor or dietitian, that you're making a commission off of that affiliate link or that your post is sponsored by a company, or that your previous client's amazing results from following your fitness regimen are not typical. Whenever this is the case, you are more likely than not required to make the disclosure in the actual post. But then, after you do so, link to your full disclosure page. It's just extra protection.

The second reason for disclosures are really to cover your tush. This is where you'll try to limit your liability as much as possible. Unlike your in-person classes or coaching sessions, you can't get a website visitor to sign a waiver of liability. This is the next best thing and you shouldn't take it lightly. If you want to be an entrepreneur, you just need to expect that someone will try to sue. Make your disclaimer as solid as possible and just go forth with confidence.

As I said above, I'm making a solid Disclaimer template crafted with the fitness and health online entrepreneur in mind available with the purchase of the Terms and Conditions. You get both documents to feel solid that you're protecting your website as much as possible.

And you can't beat that.

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