Welcome to Legal Ed for Freelancers.
My name is Steve Zakrocki, and I’m a lawyer. But not just any lawyer. I view my role as that of a trusted legal adviser. And, a significant portion of my practice is devoted to helping small business owners:
- Get paid; and
- Protect their businesses, their families and themselves.
You may be thinking, “But I’m not a business owner, I’m a freelancer. Am I in the right place?”
Yes. Yes you are. Because you own a small business: your freelance business. And you have to treat it like one.
To do so, you must be aware of the legal issues freelancers face, and take steps to ensure that you avoid problems down the road. Which means you must be proactive.
That said, even if you are proactive and have all of your legal ducks in a row, there still may be times when you encounter problems. You can’t insulate yourself against everything. You can only do your best to mitigate the risks. And if you are armed with a basic understanding of legal concepts and the types of issues that could arise, you will be better equipped to deal with these problems, and determine whether you should engage legal counsel to assist you.
That’s all well and good, but many freelancers have no place to turn to when they need information about basic legal issues.
So I started Legal Ed for Freelancers.
This website is devoted to educating freelancers on legal issues that directly affect their businesses. Some of the issues we’ll address on Legal Ed for Freelancers are:
- Dealing with clients who don’t pay;
- Ensuring consistent cash flow;
- What provisions to include in your contracts to protect you and your business;
- When to cut ties with a bad client;
- And many more!
What this website is not, however, is a place where you can get specific legal advice particular to your business. I can’t provide that here. So if you need such advice, you’ll have to engage the services of a lawyer.
I am always open to suggestions about subjects to address here, and whether you think I should make any changes. So don’t hesitate to reach out via email. Also, if you want to learn about updates to the site, be sure to subscribe.