Liabilities and Expenses for a Consultant in partnership with Non-IT firm
Posted on 2011-03-21
Hello, I am an independent computer consultant (operating under DBA/sole-prop), and am interested in partnering with a Sales firm to install and support proprietary computer systems after they are sold to offices. Once the sale is made, the firm passes my contact information to the client, and if my services are needed, I come in to install the system, purchase hardware if necessary. and for extra fee can support it as well.
I would like to know what legal liabilities I should be aware of (i.e. if system is compromised at some point? data loss?) and what the best business terms this partnership agreement should consist of (60/40% split, reimbursement for travel, etc) since it seems that I am taking on some risk.
Perhaps a DBA is not the best establishment since being a consultant, I can be liable for system compromises, data loss, etc. after system implementation.
I am probably way out of my league asking in this forum but any free legal advice or suggestions for affordable services would be appreciated.