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6 Legal Documents You Need For Your Website

Finding out what legal documents your website needs are one of the most important things you need to know as you take your business into the social media space. The last thing you want is falling into those pesky legal traps that are avoidable.

6 Legal Documents You Need For Your Website

You may think that your business is small and you don’t even have an email list, so what is the need for all these? That is a snare that must be avoided.

First things first, you would love to sound and be seen as an authority by your network and audience, right? Then you need to look credible and authentic as well and that requires some professionally-looking website.

And in some countries, the law differs but in every case, the website policies must be adhered to for your benefit as well as your web visitors.

So, if you are planning to take your business into the digital space and unsure of the legal documents your website might need, read on and learn.

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Many of these documents are often written by legal professionals like those from LAWBOSS. However, there are many credible templates like www.websitepolicies.com/ available online that you can use to write your policies. This way, your website will be up and running in no time.

1. You need to create a privacy policy 

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The first thing you need to prepare your mind for is having a privacy policy. Some websites use google analytics to gather information about the visitor(s) and it is required by the Privacy Act in the US, Adwords, Google, Facebook, and other countries that you must capture a privacy policy.

What is a privacy policy? It is a simple statement that pops up on every page of your website about the data you’ve gathered and how you are using it. It is a legal document binding you and your web visitor, protecting the information he/she leaves on your website.

This document pops up on the pages of the website seeking your email address and name with an assurance that the information will not be used for any malicious purpose and others. This information includes their email for newsletter sign-up and other promotional things your website offers.

2.  Cookie signs and consent banners pop up

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and other laws require website owners to leave cookie signage on their website. Since most websites use cookies to track every web visitor it becomes legally necessary to inform these visitors the moment they arrive on your website.

That is why a cookie banner greets you the moment you land on a new website. The law demands that you announce to these visitors and seek their consent before storing their information.

Sometimes, part of the content on the website might be blurred until you have accepted the cookie request or declined it.

3. Create website terms and conditions 

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Legally, every website is expected to explain to every potential buyer their rights as well as additional information about dissatisfaction and refunds. With this, your website must contain detailed terms and conditions of your business to guide every customer/buyer in ensuring they have a beneficial and fair buying experience.

It should also disclose the intellectual property of the information on your website and everything about your kind of business. With these rules, your website visitor(s) will have to agree to them before using any item or information on your website.

Additionally, these laws will also protect you from being liable to any error, technical or otherwise that may arise, especially the ones that are out of your control.

4. Have a website disclaimer

When setting a website, keep in mind that you can shift the responsibility of some risks or unforeseen situations to the web visitor(s). Seeing the seriousness involved, this disclaimer must be boldly scripted and visibly added to the website for every visitor to spot on the entrance.

5. Marketing policies

Is important that you have the consent of your potential buyers before sending them promo or marketing information. How do you do this? Add a disclaimer at the end of each email, a disclaimer giving your recipient(s) the right to “unsubscribe” when they no longer desire the mails and marketing items from you.

6. Make sure to have a refund policy

Dissatisfaction is part of the marketing cycle when the product doesn’t meet the expectations of the buyer. In this case for online sellers, you must include a return policy in your terms and conditions.

It must clearly state what happens in cases like this as well as a feedback channel where your customers can leave their complaints and reviews.

Summarily, having all these legal documents does not only make your website legal-complaint but it stands you and your brand out as a trustworthy brand. It gives you the professional look, earns you the confidence of your ideal audience, buyers, etc.

And you can always revisit this website for more information on this and related fields.

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