General Release of Liability Form

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Sometimes you are a person or an entity representative who organizes various events that may unintentionally cause your workers or the event’s participants risks, losses, or traumas. Of course, most likely, nothing bad will happen, but you want to ensure that you are safe and no risks are taken by you. For such situations, people use numerous Release of Liability forms, including the General one.

Typically, each such template consists of the following points:

  • The “liable” party (also called a “releasee”)

Their name must be written in every such agreement.

  • The person (or company) who does not mind releasing the party’s liabilities (or a “releasor”)

The same applies here.

  • The occasion related to which the document was created and signed

The party that proposes to sign the document should define what event is considered when parties discuss the release.

  • The dates when the document is valid

You can either add a certain period or include a provision saying that the form is valid since the moment of signing. However, the date of signing must be written when people leave their signatures on the paper.

Depending upon the case and circumstances, people include other provisions in such templates, like the law that governs the contract or the conditions under which the parties will act.

Even though you can find plenty of these forms online, there are no strict rules governing the document in the United States, so you can add anything you need to the template. The only important thing is to sign the paper after it is ready and accepted by both parties.

Besides the General form, there are other types used for particular cases:

  • Photo and Video Form

You can create a release if you want to shoot someone and then use photos or videos for commercial purposes.

  • Location or Event Form

This template is popular in educational institutions dealing with children. If there is any event outside the building (like a group going to a museum and so on), parents normally sign such a paper to conceal teachers’ responsibilities.

  • Accident Form

Usually signed if a car incident occurs. Parties can agree on various conditions and create this form to free the guilty person from any liabilities. Of course, some kind of compensation normally follows (money-wise).

  • Real Estate Lien Form

Frees real property from any kind of lien.

  • Medical Information Form

With this document, you can ask your doctors to send your medical data to any concerned party. There is another form you can sign to do so if you are a veteran.

These are the main form types people usually create and sign in the US. The General form can be filled out if you and another party agree on the liability release that is not related to any case described above.

Such a form is often called “waiver of liability” or any other similar name that contains the word “waiver.”

How to Fill Out the Template

If you are looking for a template that you can use as a party that gets rid of liabilities, we offer you a brief but well-thought-out General Release of Liability Form. You can download the template with our form-building software, read it, and modify it in accordance with your demands and your case peculiarities. Remember that your document will be valid only if both you and a releasor sign it.

If you are the one who plans to sign such a form as a releasor, we provide you with guidelines below: they will help you to fill out the form offered by another party.

Enter Your Name and Address

The first lines you see on the template are for your details (as a person who does not mind releasing someone from liabilities). Insert the full name and address here.

step 1 - enter your name and address - filling out general release of liability form

Add the Releasee’s Name and Address

Write the name and address of the person or entity who asked you to create the document.

step 2 - add the releasee’s name and address - filling out general release of liability form

Read the Conditions

As you may understand, each such template’s content varies, and people may include any provision they like. Read every condition thoroughly. If you do not agree on something (even one tiny provision), discuss it with another party: maybe you will need to work on the document’s content together before signing.

Insert Specific Names

You should list everyone who will be no longer liable after the paper is signed. Write all the names (people’s and entities’). By filling out these lines, you free them from responsibility.

step 4 - insert specific names - filling out general release of liability form

Duplicate Those Names (or Add New Ones)

The following lines are for people and entities that you promise not to sue in case something negative occurs. List the names here (or just duplicate them from the previous part).

step 5 - duplicate those names (or add new ones) - filling out general release of liability form

Sign and Date the Form

You have to write your name and sign the form. If this document regulates any event that has minors among participants, and you are a minor, your parent (or guardian) must sign the paper, too. Insert the current date on the right. Below your signature, the releasee must leave theirs.

step 6 - sign and date the form - filling out general release of liability form

Frequently Asked Questions

What to Consider When I Create or Sign the Document?

As a releasee, you have to think through all possible consequences that the work or event you offer has. The conditions you list in the form must be based on the risks participants take. The more provisions you invent and envisage, the better.

As a releasor, you have to be extremely attentive to the form’s content. In some cases, such documents are appropriate; however, sometimes the risks are too high, and you have to protect yourself if you feel that some conditions in the form are more of a burden for you, talk to another party to make corrections.

What Happens If I Do Not Use This Form?

Let us give you only one but pivotal example: if you as an event organizer or an entity representative will not use the document and someone who faces traumas or accidents had not signed your form prior to the work commencement, they can sue you, and you will either lose money or be accused of other person’s damages. Your business may be ruined, and you personally may go to jail.

Sounds unpleasant, right? To avoid such consequences, remember to create and sign the document with anyone who is at risk.

The same applies to all form types, not necessarily general. For instance, using photos and videos of people who did not give their consent may also lead to scandals and even litigation.