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What should I consider if I want to have a puppy training class in my home?

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I am a dog trainer and I am thinking about having puppy socialization classes in my home. What kind of legal ramifications will this bring on? Do I need separate insurance? If my clients sign a contract will that protect me? Any advice I can get is a big help. Thank you.

A:

I suggest you consult with an attorney in your area who can advise you about local zoning laws, which may affect whether you can conduct your business in your home. An attorney can also advise you about whether forming a corporation would be prudent. Contracts, if well drafted, can provide some protection from liability, but generally do not protect against all possibilities. I suggest that contracts be drafted by an attorney. I also suggest that you consult with your insurance company regarding the scope of your current insurance and insurance needs for your business. Not only can insurance protect against certain potential liabilities but can cover defense costs in the event one is sued. Defense costs (attorneys’ fees and other litigation related expenses) can be very expensive.


Submitted by Anonymous
Answered by Elinor Molbegott

 

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