This article will dive into the legal aspect of web design with a focus on the legal documents that are necessary to successfully conduct business as a freelancer. While often considered a dry topic, it is absolutely integral to the design process in order to secure your revenue and combat any conflicts or scenarios which would put you at a disadvantage.
It’s important to understand that each web project is unique in its attributes, client type, scope, and features. Not all legal documents need to be used in each scenario (such as the subcontract agreement), but I would stipulate that a select few should be absolutely mandatory for each and every piece of work no matter what the scale or scenario – specifically the contractual agreement, invoices, and web site terms of service. These can be considered the bare bones of legality that serve to protect both your interests and your clients. Without them, the worst case scenario can be truly frightening!