I’ve written a book that contains lots of stories about people I’ve know. I’ve changed their names, and other things but someone might still recognized him or herself and sue me. A friend told me to set up an LLC and then can’t get sued. Is this true?
I am not an attorney and this is not legal advice. You must consult with an attorney for your specific legal needs.
Getting an LLC won’t protect you from getting sued. You’d still have to pay legal fees and you’d still have to pay a judgement.
“Conducting your personal business through an LLC provides no protection against a tort verdict, the type of liability that most people are worried about.”
You really need to consult with an attorney who is well-versed in libel laws.
Another option is to claim the book is fiction, and the completely fictionalize all of the locations, characters, and other details.
- “Can I base my fictional character on a convicted criminal?”
- Should I Get Permission to Fictionalize a Real Business or Person?
- “I need my old book, published under my real name, removed from the Internet completely but it’s not happening! What can I do?”
- Don’t Invite Lawsuits by Real People Featured in Your Book! (Hint: You Can Still Be Sued Even If You Don’t Name Them!)
- Boldly Assuming You “Can’t Be Sued” Will Likely Lead to a Lawsuit
- Publishing Other People’s Non-fiction Stories Can Get You Sued!
- Want to Get Sued? Write About Your Ex!
- Am I at Risk of Being Sued?
- Did Your Lawyer Say, “You Can’t Be Sued?” BEWARE!
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The Art and Craft of Writing and Editing
Writing is a constant dialogue between author and reader.
The craft of writing involves an interchange of emotions between an author and a reader. An author creates a story line, conflict, and characters, gives his characters words to speak, and then hands off these materials to a reader. This process results in a constant dialogue between the mental imagery produced by a reader and that proposed by the author.
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