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Blog and Be Legal

The start to finish guide to starting your blog & online biz legally

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Contracts. Privacy Statements. Taxes. Copyrights. Disclosures. Trademarks. Disclaimers. Terms and Conditions.

There are tons of legal things you need to know for your blog and online business. But you don't need to be overwhelmed or stressed out by scare tactics.

If you want to be sure that your blog and biz are LEGAL, this is the course for you. Written by a seasoned blogger and attorney, this is your start to finish guide for the legal aspects for your blog and online business.


 

Make sure your blog and business are legal TODAY - for your own peace of mind and to show your readers and clients that you are a professional.

You've got a great idea for your new blog. Or you've been working on your blog for years. You have the best images, amazing content, a growing email list and have started to make $$$ (or are thinking about making money!)

You've thought about it ALL. But wait... What about taxes? ... Should you copyright your images? ... Do you need to register for a trademark? ... What if someone starts stealing your work? ... Do you need to include your home address in your marketing emails?

Whoa.

Yes, the legal side of things isn't as glamorous as lots of blogging and business aspects but it's really important. Let me repeat that - really important.

Not only do you want to be sure that your content and business are both legally protected, but you also want to be sure that you aren't making potentially catastrophic mistakes.

When it comes to the law, the main concerns are:

  1. I don't want to be sued.
  2. I don't want to have to sue other people (and what do I do if I do need to sue someone).

No one wants to be in a dicey legal situation ever. (Though I'm a lawyer and have lots of great lawyer friends, you want to avoid hiring us if at all possible!) That's why I created this course. I've blogged and lawyered for years and I want you to be as educated as possible, so your blog and business are protected.

The law is vast but it doesn't need to be overwhelming and scary. This course will take you through what you need to know, start to finish, such as:

  • How to legally set up your blog/business,
  • What legal language you need on your site in order to keep it protected,
  • How to protect your original content,
  • The rules for working with brands and sponsored posts,
  • How to track your money and save on your taxes,
  • And a ton more!

If you're ready to get serious about your blog and business and make sure it's protected, Blog and Be Legal is just what you need.

Oh and did I mention Blog and Be Legal now comes in other shapes and sizes...?

If you definitely are ready to learn more about the legal side, but want even more legal goodies (plus one-on-one time directly with an attorney - me!), check out the limited time Blog and Be Legal Premium!

Or if you're a newbie and don't need all the bells and whistles, but are still serious about keeping it legal, Blog and Be Legal Lite! is just what you need - the legal basics, without breaking the bank.

(PS - I'm a US based and licensed attorney, so this course was created with American bloggers and business owners in mind. This course does not address the law in other countries or international legal issues. Additionally, this course is meant for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Purchasing and taking this course does not create an attorney-client relationship and you should always consult with an attorney before acting upon any information presented in this course.)

 

In my years of blogging, I've noticed that no one is talking about the legal side of things. We worry about images and sponsored posts and ads, but we tend to brush off the legal side of things. We think "I'm just a little blog, I've got nothing to worry about."

Yes, the likelihood of getting sued or needing to sue someone is pretty low for bloggers (and for most people in general). But the best time to educate yourself on the legal side of things is before you encounter an issue. Before your get sued, before you need to send a cease and desist letter, before you realize you should've been filing your blog's taxes for the last three years.

You get my point.

Just because no one is talking about the legal side of blogging doesn't mean that it's not important. That's why I created this course. You get all the legal info you need to know today to avoid potential mistakes in the future. You have lifetime access to all the course videos and bonuses (plus any future updates to the course), so this priceless information will be at your fingertips anytime you need it.

What You Get:

This course is broken down into a series of short videos. You can watch all the course videos at once or just watch those videos that are applicable to your business at this time. You have lifetime access to the course materials and can come back to them at any time.

There are seven lessons broken down into over 25 separate videos so you can watch just what you need on your own time. Plus, since the law is always changing I'll be updating the videos or creating new videos as necessary. And you'll get lifetime access to those updates.

These lessons are valued at over $2,000! Lawyers charge hundreds of dollars per hour but you get all this legal information in one place without needing to hire your own personal attorney today.

+ The Bonuses:

Legal templates for disclosure statements, privacy statements and terms and conditions for your blog. These templates together sell for $350 on my blog, but they are included as an epic bonus for this course!

Some of us learn better with written materials, so I've also included written guides and checklists for some of the topics. You can just download the guides to refer back to whenever you need.

Plus you'll need to brainstorm for some of these topics too. Because of this, I'm also throwing in some easy downloadable worksheets to get you thinking and an income tracking spreadsheet to keep you on track for tax time. Download these to get your thoughts flowing and your money tracked!

(Reminder & Legal Disclaimer - I'm a US based and licensed attorney, so this course was created with American bloggers and business owners in mind. This course does not address the law in other countries or international legal issues. Additionally, this course is meant for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Purchasing and taking this course does not create an attorney-client relationship and you should always consult with an attorney before acting upon any information presented in this course.)

Class Curriculum


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What Others Are Saying

Once business started picking up I knew it was time to get serious with the legal aspects of my business I'd been avoiding. Once I started booking bigger projects I knew I needed to protect myself, my business, and my family by getting everything in place. I contacted a local attorney... and going in, I was thinking it would be around $500-$700. But when she came back with the quote, my mind was a little blown. She estimated that everything would come to $1500. And that was with editing documents I already had created!

I definitely wish I would have heard about Jackie and all of her amazing offerings sooner. I know that working with her on any other legal issues that come up will be the best option for me and my business in the future.
-- Krista, Krista Rae

The legal side of blogging is often a topic that you don't think about, until something happens and it's too late! On my local business' website, I made the mistake of finding an image on Google to use as a photo on a blog post. Blogging wasn't even a big part of that business, and the image was tiny! I never thought twice about using it.

Several years after it was published, I received a letter from Getty Images demanding $1,300 for using that little, tiny image! I did the best I could on my own, and ended up settling for half the requested amount.

I was out $650 AND I felt both silly for not knowing the legal side of blogging, and I felt I had been taken advantage of because of it. When something like this happens, hindsight is 20/20 and I can only wish I'd had the knowledge and know-how that Jackie provides in her course. With her guidance, I would have never been in this difficult situation in the first place, and I wouldn't be out that costly settlement fee!
-- Summer, Lady Boss League

Jackie is a phenomenal teacher. The law is so intimidating, but she makes it manageable with her in-depth coverage of each topic. She explains complicated legal terms in bite-size portions so even beginner business owners can understand. Plus, she is absolutely the sweetest and seamlessly finds ways to engage the audience even on the most difficult topics.
-- McKinzie, Moms Make Cents

I am so grateful to Jackie for sharing her legal insight with us. This course covers all the bases and will help any blogger take that next step towards legalizing their venture. Jackie truly takes the guess work out of understanding legal jargon, with each module she addresses various legal issues we all deal with as bloggers. This course is an investment any legitimate blogger should make.
-- Jeanine, The Business Ref

Your Instructor


Jacklyn Stoughton
Jacklyn Stoughton

In my years of juggling my blog Jade and Oak with my full time day job, I've learned a thing or two about balancing blogging with my career. I've developed a system for success - both with my blog and with my life. In the last two years, I've managed my blog all while switching jobs, getting married, selling a house and buying a new house (within the same week!), vacationing and everything else. I also work as a social media manager on the side (yep - on top of my blog and my day job as an attorney!)

When I'm not blogging or lawyering, I enjoy spending my free time with my husband and our two pugs, Bowie and Rosie. I also attempt to be a DIY interior decorator, take adult ballet classes, read as much as I have time for and enjoy traveling when I get a free second too!


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts August 15, 2016 and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
Is this course right for me if I haven't started my blog yet?
This course is perfect for both newbie and veteran bloggers. As a newbie, this course will ensure that you're starting your blog out on the BEST legal footing. If you've been blogging for awhile, this course is still great for you. The course will help you to review and audit your blog and get the legal framework in place. No matter where you're at in your blogging career, it's never too early to address the legal side of things.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? As long as this course is live and available, you will have access to it. You are free to return back to the course site anytime to rewatch videos and download the goodies. You have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own. I do not have control over the hosting site, Teachable, so any accessibility issues are out of my control. However, I will work with Teachable to ensure that you have the best access possible.
Do you have an affiliate program?
Because I'm sure you will find this course super helpful, I hope that you will share this course with your friends. If anyone buys with your unique link, you get 40% of the sale price. After purchasing, just contact me to add you to the program!
What if I am unhappy with the course?
I would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with this course, please contact me within 14 days of purchase and we will chat about your concerns. If you are still unsatisfied, I will give you a full refund.
What if I blog outside of the US?
I'm a US based and licensed attorney, so this course was created with American bloggers and business owners in mind. This course does not address the law in other countries or international legal issues. Additionally, this course is meant for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. Purchasing and taking this course does not create an attorney-client relationship and you should always consult with an attorney before acting upon any information presented in this course.

This course is really invaluable - learn the law from an attorney without having to hire an attorney (and potentially spend thousands of dollars). These videos and the bonuses are valued at $2,350 but it's available now for just $297 (that's 7 lessons at just $42 a lesson, waaaaay less than hiring an attorney on your own). If you're running your business right, make sure you're running it legally.

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