Ask a Business Lawyer. Get Business Law Questions Answered ASAP.
Hi, my name is Lucy. How are you today?
A. Basically, if you include a provision that CA law governs the agreement, and any disputes must be litigated in CA, if any problems arise, it will be cheaper and easier for you to handle the litigation. They'll have to come to CA, instead of you going there.
B. If something happens, and they sue you, then you'll have to hire a UK attorney and make at least one trip to the UK to litigate. You'll also be subject to UK laws, which are different than US laws.
C. Practically speaking, the same as B. In addition, if the agreement doesn't say that they are subject to CA jurisdiction, and you file suit against them, they can try to defend by stating that the CA courts have no right to tell them what to do. You would probably win that motion, but there would be additional costs associated with it.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).