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You didn't mention whether you are employed elsewhere and are considering performing this work as "moonlighting."
Somewhere along the way, I was lead to believe that your employer could be held liable for problems associated with moonlighting work, even if said moonlighting was not approved by employer.  The way I understood it, the employer provided the platform from which moonlighting could be accomplished.  Details are fuzzy in my mind, might be worth checking out.
John P. Riley, PE, SE
Riley Engineering
20 Oakwood Drive, Blue Grass, Iowa 52726
Tel & Fax:  319-381-3949
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Sent: Monday, April 02, 2001 12:05 PM
Subject: Engineering from Home - Protecting Personal Assets

This is a question regarding consulting from out of the home.  Normally, I do
not do consulting from my home, however, various Architect/Designer friends
have asked me to do some consulting on some small engineering projects
(additions, custom homes, retaining walls).   I'm not sure whether I'll do
the projects because I have a few concerns regarding protecting my personal
assets (house, savings, 401k, etc.) from lawsuits if (heaven forbid) I get
named in a lawsuit (as in some lawsuits EVERYONE is named on a project).  I
realize no one is really fully protected from being sued, however is there a
way to limit liability and protect my personal assets?  I have heard that if
one incorporates oneself this helps protect personal assets but I'm not sure
what that entails.

Any info. would be very helpful.