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Osamenor 09-11-2019 11:05 PM

Question for the pros: legal issues
This one is for all of you who practice astrology for pay, or previously have. Did you ever get sued, or threatened with a lawsuit, by a client? Do you (or did you) have clients sign a contract?

I just had a friend tell me I absolutely must protect myself in every possible way if I'm in business. Have clients sign a contract, spell everything out. Where she's coming from is, she and her husband used to have a business, and they got sued by a disgruntled client. They won, because they had everything documented, including a signed contract from the client for every step of the way. It was a computer repair business, though, not astrology... seems to me there's a lot more to sue over in computer repair.

She also said that a friend of hers, who is an astrologer, got sued by a client and lost, because she (friend's friend) told the client that illness or injury was coming in the near future, and soon after that the client lost a child. Which is not something I would ever do, but... is there a risk?

If you do any kind of paperwork to protect yourself legally, what do you use? And if you don't, have you had any issues?

Osamenor 09-11-2019 11:08 PM

Re: Question for the pros: legal issues
And if anyone here has any experience in the legal field, as it might relate to an astrology practice, I would also like to know what you think.

Opal 09-11-2019 11:18 PM

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I am in business. Not in the astrological field, but in business. I would agree that you should have a disclaimer at the very least attached to any business you do. My clients and I both sign a contract.

I am not responsible for the actions that people choose to take based on any reading I have given.

Yes, I can see a possible need for covering your bases.

Opal 09-12-2019 12:51 AM

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Here is a disclaimer from the first site I went to.

Opal 09-12-2019 12:54 AM

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This one is more in depth. From what I have been reading, it would differ somewhat according to which state/country you are in, or running your business out of.

waybread 09-12-2019 03:29 AM

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Osamenor, I've never had a professional practice, but I think having clients read and sign a waiver or disclaimer is a good idea.

Suppose someone asked you about a good day to conduct a business transaction, you obliged, and it turned out to be disastrous for them. I would especially suggest this is you do any medical astrology. I think in some jurisdictions (the UK??) astrologers are advised to indicate that a horoscope reading is "for entertainment purposes only."

This is an example of one I found on-line.

On the UK situation:

jac 09-12-2019 05:02 AM

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Document, document, document, and where possible, record.

Get a lawyer to owe you for services and keep him on retainer.

Burn lots of candles & incense! :biggrin:

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