First of all, I understand that most of us here are not lawyers. However, I thought maybe some of you had experienced similar situations, and could therefore offer some insight.
I had to sign a non-disclosure agreement, so I'm limited on how much I can say. So, I'll keep this conversation general and exclude the details.
Here's the general idea of my problem:
I met with a potential customer today who is wanting a website developed to promote his soon-to-open, brick & mortar storefront. Everything on the website would be perfectly legal, so no problems there.
The problem, however, is with his brick & mortar store. His idea is quite unique, and actually, it appears to be a very good idea. I'm just not sure that it is legal to do what he's wanting to do within the store. (Please note... it's not unethical, I'm just not sure that it is legal within the local laws.)
He tells me that he has consulted with his lawyers, and they've worked out all the details. However, it would take me MANY, MANY hours to verify this on my own.
So, here is my question:
If I developed a website for his business, and it later turned out that their business model is not legal; could I be in a liability because I developed his website?
I may still consult an attorney about this issue. First, however, I'd like to hear your opinions and any related stories.
Thanks in advance.