Release of Liability Forms (12)

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Updated January 25, 2023

A release of liability is a document that sets a party (“releasee”) free from financial or legal liabilities related to claims made by another party (“releasor”). A release is commonly signed after the two parties reach a mutual resolution after negligence or wrongdoing by the releasee.

After signing, there will be no further claims made available to the releasor, whether legal or financial.

Table of Contents

By Type (12)


Car Accident Release of Liability – Settles a fault and releases a party involved in a motor vehicle accident from any further legal or financial liability

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Media (Video + Photo) Release – Allows a third party to use videos or photos of an individual for their own use.

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Medical Record Information Release (HIPAA) – Standard form that allows a patient to give authorization to share their medical records with a third party

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Lease Agreement Release – Used when a tenant or a landlord wants to terminate a lease before its end date

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Location (Event) Release of Liability – Most commonly used by a party hosting or sponsoring an event to protect themselves from any liabilities that may result from injuries or accidents.

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Non-Compete Release Form – Allows a person to be released from the non-compete restraint.

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Photo Release Form – For the general purpose of using the image of a person or entity for commercial use.

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Real Estate (Mechanic’s) Lien Release – This form erases any lien that has been placed on real estate by a contractor or any type of laborer.

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Social Security Release of Information (Form SSA-3288) – This allows a third-party representative to access an individual’s social security benefit information.

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Training Release Waiver – Allows a physical trainer to indemnify themselves from a client if they get injured while working out.

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Veterans Affairs Medical Records Release (VA Form 10-5345) – Used to release healthcare information being held by the VA to be transferred to another entity or individual.

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Video Release – Allows another individual or entity to use footage of someone else for any type of video publication.

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What is a Release of Liability?

A release of liability sets a person free from any legal or financial entanglements. It allows both parties to walk away without fear of reprisal. Some require the releasee to make a payment or follow other conditions to remain valid. After a release of liability has been signed, there is no other recourse for the releasor. The releasee will have no outstanding obligations to the releasor.

A release of liability is also referred to as:

  • Liability Release Form
  • General Release of Liability Form
  • Hold Harmless Agreement
  • Liability Waiver
  • Waiver of Liability

When to Use

A release of liability is commonly used when:

  • Selling a vehicle
  • After a car accident
  • Hiring contractors
  • Terminating employment
  • Transferring medical records
  • Releasing a lien
  • Getting out of any type of high-risk situation

 

Types of Protections

A release of liability offers two types of protections: legal and financial. After a release has been signed, neither party will have any further legal or financial obligation toward the other.

Risks of Not Using a Release of Liability

The risk of not using a release of liability means a person can be held responsible for something that occurred in the past. For this reason, it’s recommended to have a release of liability signed during any type of agreement or conflict.

How to Get a Release of Liability (3 Steps)

Step 1 – Find Out What is Legally Required

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Before trying to obtain a release of liability form, check with your state to see if it’s required when selling a vehicle. Like a bill of sale, some states do not require a release of liability to be signed and presented to the DMV. However, it’s still recommended to have it in your records.

Step 2 – Draft a Release of Liability

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Once you are certain that a release of liability is required, it’s now time to download a template or create one yourself (recommended). After the agreement has been written, it should be sent to both parties for review.

For Vehicles – A “Notice of Transfer” is a required form in some states, like California, Florida, or Texas. A Notice of Transfer also includes a release of liability for the seller. After signing, the buyer will retain all future responsibility and liability for the vehicle.

Step 3 – Execute and Sign

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If there is a payment required as part of the release, it should be paid at the time of signing. Once both parties authorize the document, no further responsibility or liability will be owed to either party.

Sample

GENERAL RELEASE OF LIABILITY

I. THE PARTIES. This General Release of Liability (“Release”) is made this [RELEASE DATE] is by and between:

Releasor: [RELEASOR’S NAME] with a mailing address of [RELEASOR’S MAILING ADDRESS] (“Releasor”), and

Releasee: [RELEASEE’S NAME] with a mailing address of [RELEASEE’S MAILING ADDRESS] (“Releasee”).

II. LIABILITY EVENT. Under the terms of this Release and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, the Releasor hereby releases and forever discharges the Releasee of: [DESCRIBE THE LIABILITY] (“Liability”).

THEREFORE under the terms of this Agreement and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, do hereby release and forever discharge the Releasee including their agents, employees, successors and assigns, and their respective heirs, personal representatives, affiliates, successors and assigns, and any and all persons, firms or corporations liable or who might be claimed to be liable, whether or not herein named, none of whom admit any liability to the undersigned, but all expressly denying liability, from any and all claims, demands, damages, actions, causes of action or suits of any kind or nature whatsoever, which now have or may hereafter have, arising out of or in any way relating to any and all injuries and damages of any and every kind, to both person and property, and also any and all injuries and damages that may develop in the future, as a result of or in any way relating to the Liability.

III. PAYMENT. As part of this Release, the Parties agrees to: (check one)

– No payment by the Releasee to the Releasor.

– A payment of $[PAYMENT AMOUNT] by the Releasee to the Releasor.

It is understood and agreed that this Release is made and received in full and complete settlement and satisfaction the causes of action, claims and demands mentioned herein; that this Release contains the entire agreement between the Releasor and Releasee; and that the terms of this Release are contractual and not merely a recital.

IV. BINDING EFFECT. This Release shall be binding upon the undersigned, and his respective heirs, executors, administrators, personal representatives, successors and assigns.

Releasor’s Signature: _________________________________ Date ______________

Print Name: _________________________________

Releasee’s Signature: _________________________________ Date ______________

Print Name: _________________________________

 
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