I am looking for good/cheap legal advice for a web application my friend is building.
We will need to write a Term Of Service.
I live in Canada. But I think I will need from US lawyers incase I get in trouble there.
Thanks in advance for any help.
I'm a lawyer- I'd recommend finding some precedents of the terms of service and drafting what you want, and then just running them by a lawyer. That will save time and money. Be prepared to pay a retainer, though.
Non-lawyers frequently think, "why did I pay a lawyer for that" but when problems arise down the road, you'll be glad that you did. Consider a lawyer an ounce of prevention (of legal problems)...worth a pound of cure.
I suspect that relying on cheap advice, while assuming that it is good will eventually yield an underwhelming outcome.
As they say: Good, Quick, Cheap - pick two.
Avvo.com is a Q&A site with lawyers. There may be answers on there already that meet your needs.
I'm afraid that Steve Jones answer (though well intentioned) is a bit of a cliché. I've worked with plenty of lawyers who were expensive, slow and consistently underwhelmed with their results and knowledge of the law.
I've become a big fan of taking responsibility to learn as much as I could and hire an attorney to do those things that require passing a bar exam to accomplish.
Nolo.com has a tremendous supply of lay oriented books, forms and law related educational materials. Amazon.com is your friend as well. Your local library often can order the more popular titles for reading free of charge.
Since you are Canadian, you should definitely check out Rob Hyndman's (a pretty reputable lawyer) resources, in particular http://hyndmanlaw.com/blog/canadianized-wordpress-terms-of-use/ As per your questions: