If I currently work for my father as the manager of his night club and in the off hours and friend and I want to start a dance studio, what do we need to do from a legal standpoint?

We are starting a dance studio business teaching ages 3 and up how to dance to hip hop music and much more. We have already written up a waiver for injury or anything close as to myself, my friend/business partner, and both the dance studio, night club and my father are not responsible for any injury during classes. If they sign the waiver, are we still held responsible if anything happens during any class session? And being that it is a night club that sells alcohol, are we supposed to close off access to any alcohol beverages in the bars during any of our classes? We are only having classes during non-business hours for the club?

Asked on September 26, 2015 under Business Law, Texas

Answers:

B.H.F., Member, Texas State Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Waivers are not bullet proof and they only protect you from civil suits.  If you have an area that is potentially dangerous to a child, then you need to make sure you take whatever steps are necessary to make the children in your charge safe.  If a child accidentally ingests alcohol and is injured, then anyone responsible could be criminally responsible for injury to a child by their acts or ommissions. 


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