How to Make a Waiver Form

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Waiver forms protect organizations like daycares, sports leagues and tour operators from liability in case of an accident that seriously harms or even kills a participant. A basic waiver form is simple and requires little in the way of technical knowledge. It can be drafted by anyone; however, it should be reviewed by a lawyer to ensure it conforms to state laws.

Write the waiver form in the first person, as though it is written by the signatory.

Write a paragraph stating that the participant acknowledges she is in good health and able to participate in the event. Provide any specifics that relate to the event. For example, if it is a water-based event you might include an acknowledgement that the participant is capable of swimming.

Describe the event the signatory will be participating in. Give a full description, including any risks associated with it. For example, if it is a football tournament, you might say, "I am aware that football is a full-contact sport and that serious injuries may result from my participation in this tournament."

Write a statement waiving the participant's right to sue. Write "I hereby waive all rights to sue," and include the organizations that are involved in the event.

Create a line for the participant's signature, or her guardian's signature if she is a minor, and include a line for the date.

Contact a lawyer to review your form to ensure that it conforms to your specific state laws.


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