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Legal Question

Davidll Hello...

First, I want to thank those who put this forum into place and who keep it going!

I own and operate a fiberglass boat repair business in the 1000 Islands region of upstate NY.  I have recently decided to write some e-books on various tasks that people are always asking me how to do.

The problem is, I am pretty nervous about the legalities involved in the information I pose.

My worries are:

I know exactly what I am doing when on a job.  But trying to portray this information step by step, in a way that someone else who has no idea, can understand, is not only a challange, but makes me feel like I am out there on a limb.  

Suppose someone reads and does not accurately interpret what I have written, and goes out and messes up their boat?  Will I suddenly find myself in court answering a law suit, and having to pay for this persons boat?

Or suppose I forgot one little bit of health information regarding some of the hazardous materials that are sometimes used.   For instance, someone has a latex allergy and didn't know it.  But they put on disposable latex gloves because I recommended it in the e-book.  Will I now be answering for this in court by paying life long medical bills for a persistant allergy?

I know, I know, some of you will probably think I am paranoid, but hey, I am 40 years old - I know how things go!

Can anyone give me some insight into these types of concerns?

Thank you,

Posted on: 6:16 pm on February 14, 2004
EBookCompiler I think you probably should talk to an attorney if you want answers to legal questions.  Nobody on this forum is likely to be qualified to answer, or even if there is an attorney reading, they may not want to give general advice as they don't know your particular circumstances.

If you do talk to an attorney, it might be an idea to prepare a list of specific questions before meeting them, as you might get more value for money that way.

Another thing that you might do is to look at other publications (e.g. printed) in your field of interest, and see what kind of disclaimers etc., then include.  But be aware that this is not likely to be a substitute for getting advice from attorney.

I'm sorry if this sounds negative, but I really think if you want proper answers, you must ask somebody who is qualified in the field -- especially in the case of legal matters.

Even if somebody was to offer advice on a forum, I don't think you should necessarily take it as definitive. Thus I don't see it as being something that can even be properly addressed here.

For this reason, and I hope it doesn't upset you, I don't think it appropriate to continue to this thread.  

Posted on: 11:53 pm on February 16, 2004

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