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is a lawyer needed for an online store

Fanfan0016Fanfan0016 subscriber Posts: 5
Hi, My sister and I are building an online store selling sweets ( cookies, chocolates...). We currently live in NYC and want to know if we need a lawyer to lead us when it comes to filing the proper documentation with the state....by the way anyone know what docs we need to open/own an online store.


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    Charlie PCharlie P subscriber Posts: 84 Silver Level Member
    You are selling food, so I would definitely have a lawyer be apart of your plans. You would need to find a lawyer that is familiar with FDA regulation in regards to shipping and packaging of food.
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    Holly HimmelHolly Himmel subscriber Posts: 5
    Just from my experience, make sure your business is registered as an LLC, to protect your personal assets in case a customer sues for any reason.

    The only legal concerns would be with the FDA, although I've see a lot of people start food websites where they sell almost exclusively online, and it's worked out very well for them. They typically target a specific food product, like cupcakes/muffins, and make really unique high quality food products using good ingredients.
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