When to Use this Document

  • You were involved in a vehicle collision or personal injury
  • You were involved in a property damage incident
  • You need a liability release for a dispute, debt settlement, contract, or other legal matter
  • You are organizing a sporting, recreational, or other event or activity that has a risk of injury
  • You need a release giving you permission to record photos or other media depicting people

Other Names for this Document

Our waiver and release of liability form wizard helps you create any the following releases:

  • Vehicle damage or accident release
  • Property damage release
  • Personal injury release
  • Sports participation release
  • Activity or event release
  • Photo or media release
  • Debt settlement release
  • General liability release
  • And more

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A “waiver and release of liability” is a general term that encompasses many different types of releases commonly used. That’s why we help you customize your release for your specific circumstances. This might include a vehicle damage or auto accident release, property damage release, personal injury release, sports participation release, activity or event release, photo and media release, debt settlement release, or other types of liability releases.

These releases allow one or both parties to be released from liability (legal responsibility) for the event or matter at hand. The parties being released from liability are normally called “releasees,” while the parties doing the releasing are called “releasors.” However, the party names may change depending upon the type of release being used. For instance, in an activity or event release, one party may be called the “participant” and the other party the “activity provider.”

How Does a Liability Release Work?

While the terms “waiver” and “release” have slightly different meanings legally, they are often used interchangeably whenever a party is agreeing to give up their legal rights in regards to a particular matter. For instance, in a personal injury release, the injured party agrees not to sue or make any claims against the other party involved. The other party usually pays the injured party in return for signing the release. This allows the injured party to be compensated without the other party admitting liability for the injury.

However, parties can also sign a release without paying each other. Depending on the type of release, both parties may choose to mutually release each other from liability. This often occurs with vehicle damage releases, property damage releases, personal injury releases, and similar liability releases.

Who Is Released from Liability?

While the releasee is always released from liability, other parties can be included as well. Again, some releases allow both parties to be mutually released from liability. Also, the releasee’s insurer, successors, assigns, heirs, spouse, executors, representatives, employees, employers, and agents are commonly released. Your document will likely include some or all of these. Including these terms will help ensure that the releasor cannot make any legal claims against the individuals and entities that are related to the releasee. For instance, if a customer is injured while in a store. The store will want to make sure that any employees, contractors, volunteers, and other store representatives will not be held liable.

When Should I Complete a Release?

Many releases are signed regarding an event or dispute that has already occurred or a contract that has already been signed—for example, after a car collision or injury. Similarly, a debt settlement release is used after a debt has arisen in order to release the debtor from responsibility for some or all of the outstanding balance owed. Often this is in exchange for the debtor making one final payment under the terms of the release. Importantly, any payment required by a release is not an admission of liability by the party making the payment.

Other releases are completed before engaging in a sport, activity, or event. Activity providers that host or organize activities that could result in personal injury or property damage need to have their participants sign a release exculpating the activity provider from liability if a participant gets hurt or their property gets damaged. Activity providers should always use releases for activities like sports competitions, school field trips, hunting, rafting, bungee jumping, skydiving, laser tag, escape rooms, and other recreational activities with a risk of personal injury or property damage.

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Step 1: Answer Key Questions

Complete your release using our quick and easy form wizard. We provide helpful guidance along the way and customize your document for your particular circumstances. Depending on the type of release you need, you may need to provide information about the parties, indicate who will be released, describe the event or legal matter at hand, or provide details about any payment between the parties.

Step 2: Review and Sign

Read through your completed document making sure that you understand it. Also, make sure that there are no errors or omissions. You may edit the text of your document by downloading it in .docx format and opening it in Microsoft Word or Google Documents.

With sports and activity releases, usually only the athlete or participant needs to sign. This is because the activity provider is not agreeing to undertake any obligations under the release. Instead, all of the promises are being made by the athlete or participant.

With other releases, both parties involved will need to sign and date where indicated at the end of the document. It is not necessary for the parties to sign the release at the same time. Electronic signatures are acceptable.

Step 3: Store Copies

Store the signed copy in a safe location. We recommend always storing a digital file, even if the original signed version is a hard copy.

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