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Lostvalleyguy
03-07-2014, 07:51 PM
I work with students who are too young to enter into a contract. I deal with their parents when it comes to payments. I have a short document outlining cancellation policies etc which I have parents sign. I haven't run into any specific issues yet (I have been doing this for a number of years). I have been wondering if I should put together a more formal contract to ensure I don't run into problems in the future. In addition, is there anything that I should have in it that might not have come up and might not have occurred to me?

LindaKay
03-10-2014, 05:55 PM
I would definitely talk to a professional who specializes in this kind of thing. You have to make sure to protect yourself. There are a lot of laws in place about such things, and just because you haven't been caught or gotten in trouble yet doesn't mean that it can't happen, ya know? It's better to be safe than sorry.

fredkawig
03-11-2014, 01:26 AM
I don't think you can impose contracts on minors since they are free from liability at least that is the law in our country. I don't know what law covers your country but usually minors are free from liability until they reach the age of majority.

alec
03-11-2014, 01:59 PM
Since you entered in contract with the parents I'd say you're safe from any issues as long as you follow the terms. They signed the thing and agreed to the terms after all. To be extra safe, as LindaKay mentioned above, you should seek professional advice since laws, especially the ones regarding children, vary greatly from country to country.

Can't you consult a lawyer? The fees for an hour or so shouldn't be that high and some may even offer advice free of charge.

autograph
03-22-2014, 09:53 AM
Typically, as long as the minor's parents expressed consent to the clauses in the contract and signed it, you should be alright. However, this could vary between countries or even states. I recommend you to get in touch with your lawyer to discuss this matter. The last thing you want would be to get sued by the parents in case something bad happens in the future.

Jessi
03-22-2014, 11:07 AM
Typically, as long as the minor's parents expressed consent to the clauses in the contract and signed it, you should be alright. However, this could vary between countries or even states. I recommend you to get in touch with your lawyer to discuss this matter. The last thing you want would be to get sued by the parents in case something bad happens in the future.

Yeah, it definitely varies. What country are you from? Many countries have child labor laws that you really need to be careful with (especially in the US). Just because their parents agree, doesn't mean the government necessarily permits it, so I would highly recommend having someone look into it. Make it someone you trust, too, in case you ARE doing something wrong and you need to reconsider whether you're going to keep doing it.

HeinrichM
03-26-2014, 04:16 AM
I would suggest that you focus on the parents and that you make sure that they sign an agreement. You will need to do some research with regards to any legal requirements that might pertain to you. There are standard legal documents that you can download from the web. Also have a look at insurance, you might need to have public liability insurance.

crimsonghost747
03-26-2014, 05:04 AM
All of this depends on the country which you are operating in. Honestly, if I would be you, I'd hire a lawyer to make a proper legal contract for the parents to sign. It will be a one time fee for you to pay but will provide you with peace of mind and protection for as long as you keep doing this business. A small price to pay I'd say.

gadgetised
03-26-2014, 05:46 AM
Definitely look further into this. When it comes to working with kids, contracts and dealing with parents, things can go crazy pretty quickly.

wandering wildman
03-30-2014, 03:52 AM
I would also agree that protecting yourself is vital ValleyGuy. I work as a teacher. I know my employer recommends we take out legal insurance to protect against kids' parents taking any legal actions against. You just never know what a kid will say.

Taru
03-31-2014, 09:16 AM
I agree with LindaKay. Dealing with kids is a level of its own, and it's best to be safe and have something made by a professional. When it comes to kids, people are very protective and vindictive, so just being partially right won't do and I would personally consider it risky - similar to riding a bike without a helmet. If it were me, I'd definitely have a professional update and polish my terms and conditions before pressing on.

Diorthotis
04-04-2014, 06:42 PM
Easy to use guide to be free from the police.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpxKPJEbyrM

SeanCole
11-21-2014, 04:17 AM
It is essential for the owner or shareholder to protect their company and don't involve in any issue. I must say before taking any decision you must hire a professional advisor who will help you in this type of decision.