Legal Question in Business Law in California

I am looking to help seniors with errands, chores, activities, etc. for no specified fee. I will accept tips or donations only to help cover expenses. Do I need to apply for a non-profit business license to do this? Also, is it necessary to become bonded to do this? Thank you for your assistance.

Asked on 2/21/12, 10:46 am

1 Answer from Attorneys

Terry A. Nelson Nelson & Lawless

Doing this privately, without any business connection will open you up to all forms of liability and risk. You should form a corporation, whether profit or nonprofit, get insurance, etc. You should also consider state certification and licenses, since you will be dealing with 'legally protected' classes of persons.

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Answered on 2/21/12, 11:42 am

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