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Asked on: 4/28/13, 12:29 pm

I am "volunteering" (not being paid but I might get a work phone) for an organization, which is not yet registered as a nonprofit or corporation. It is being paid for by one person, who has put 100,000 into website development. The company has not yet started generating revenue, it is in beta. I am a minor, and in no way legally associated with the organization (signed no forms or anything), but I have been called the CEO in online communications. If something happens, like the person or "company" is involved in fraud, or gives medical advice online and someone dies, am I in any risk? Even though I could be protected somehow, would there be potential legal fees involved in defending myself? My uncle, who has a legal background, is afraid I could be liable or have to pay legal fees if the founder perpetrates fraud, or if the company harms someone.

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