Does your website offer pricing information, advice, or another related service? If so, consider including a terms and conditions page. Why? Inclusion of this type of page absolves you of responsibility for those who use the information you provide for the wrong reasons, or if they decide you are responsible for damages incurred while using either your website or the information within. This article will show you step by step how to write a terms and conditions page.
1) Consider the information on your website. What are the potential areas for problems? When you begin to name these possible problems, you will find topics to cover on your terms and conditions page.
2) When you have several areas of concern, rank them by importance. If there are many, organize them by topic. For example, you may have concerns in copyright information, data, security, privacy, refunds, etc.
3) Do your homework. Look at the websites of others in your industry and see what is listed on their terms and conditions page. Do you notice that websites offering a product for sale always state that prices are subject to change? Take note.
4) When your list becomes more comprehensive, you can begin to write out the terms and conditions. Use words that are clear and understandable. Legal jargon can seem authoritative and scare off your potential clients; even though this is a legal document, you can use everyday language. Clearly state the purpose of your site, the services provided, and how this provision is made. Explain fully those liabilities you do and don’t accept.
5) Ask a lawyer or someone who is knowledgable in the field of law to look at your draft and give you some feedback on the wording for these concerns.
6) After publishing your terms and conditions, feel free to update as new concerns arise. Just make sure to notify your clients that changes have been made.