Why That Free Legal Template for Your Website Might Be a Bad Idea!
When someone makes a website, often times the last thing on their mind are boring legal things like privacy policies or terms and conditions.
It can be hard to see why you’d care about them beyond just finding some free ones using google, copying and pasting them onto some dark corner of your site, and forgetting about them.
We want to walk you through why that’s a bad idea, and could potentially be the reason why your business fails.
A lot has changed in 5 years.
Back in 2015, there was no GDPR, CCPA, or PIPEDA. Gathering user’s data was a free for all, and websites pretty much did whatever they want.
If you’re using a template that doesn’t take these new laws into consideration, you are exposing your business to severe risks.
For example, failure to comply with the GDPR may result in a fine of up to 4% TOTAL REVENUE of your business.
Not profit, revenue.
Disclaimers vary depending on the topic
A general website disclaimer is a must have for any website.
It lets your viewers, clients, and customers know that they should not expect perfection (whether it’s accuracy, availability, or otherwise) and limits legal liability.
But did you realize you might need something a bit more specific?
For example, if you’re a fitness influencer and you’re posting workout videos, you need a health disclaimer.
If someone who hasn’t worked out in 20 years tries to do your Xtreme Home Body Circuit and they tear a rotator cuff, it’s possible that they could have a legal claim against you without the proper disclaimer.
Terms and Conditions
Terms & Conditions are the contract between you and your users.
It lays out the groundwork for the rules of using your website, explains how claims will be resolved (e.g. using mandatory arbitration).
Many free Terms & Conditions Templates actually have language that doesn’t fit all businesses generically.
For example, one common Free T&C template has a paragraph about “Curtains, Furniture, and Breakage” because it is lifted from a business that does window replacements.
Putting that into your website without realizing what you’ve done not only makes you look silly and out of touch, but it poses all sorts of legal issues and questions that you would’ve never found yourself exploring had you not borrowed them from a generic template website.
These are just a few ideas why it’s good to take a harder look at the legal documents protecting your website.
While free templates can go a long way and may help you get an idea of what you’re looking for, they’re almost always either lacking an important legal aspect or they contain provisions you probably don’t need.
That’s why it’s in your benefit to take a look at our curated Entrepreneur Templates that are specifically crafted for website owners and have clear instructions and highlights that allow you to modify the documents to fit your needs.