If I’m trying to utilize a non-disclosure document to protect my business but different states are involved, in what state should I place on the NDA document?

I need protection since I’m utilizing a website development company to develop a website for me. My business is in one state and the website development company is in another. What state should I place on the NDA document, if I have to go to court in the future against the website development company I’m currently using to help develop my website.

Asked on July 15, 2015 under Business Law, Maryland


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

What state is most convenient for you? Presumably, it's the state where you live (or at least spend the largest portion of your time, if you don't have one homebase). Pick that state: have it's laws apply, and require that any lawsuits have to be brought in that state's courts (where a case is heard is called it's "venue" if you want to use the legal term). If you're drafting the contract or NDA, make it easy for yourself.

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