Dennis Beaver | You & the Law

DennisBeaverAttorney Dennis Beaver has practiced law for many years in Bakersfield, California. Read more about Dennis and his background here. Dennis is a syndicated newspaper columnist and writes a weekly column entitled “You and the Law”. There have been numerous requests over the years to make these articles available and we are happy to offer them here. They are also indexed for your convenience.

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April 13, 2021 • By Dennis Beaver 

“My 16 year-old-daughter announced that she and a friend are in the process of becoming internet influencers. They have been in discussions with a small, local company that manufactures specialty dog and cat food – that we have been feeding to our pets – and they want these girls to advertise it.

“How risky is this?”

“Risky?” replied Sanford, Florida-based attorney Christy L. Foley. “It is far riskier than most parents realize. One third of internet influencers are 18 to 24 years of age, and we are seeing more and more high school students bitten by the bug and they want to jump in. Few realize the legal consequences they are facing.”

Foley is recognized as one of the nation’s top experts in social media influencer law and conducts continuing education seminars for lawyers across the country. During our interview, she outlined some of the very real dangers that are out there for influencers – and their families.

Preliminary Legal Requirements

The first thing a parent must do, “is to have a consultation with a business attorney, ideally familiar with Federal Trade Commission advertising regulations, tax and business insurance,” Foley points out, explaining, “you need a proper business entity, such as an LLC, something that offers protection for your family in the event things go wrong down the road.”…click here to read more