Everything you need to know about getting a Release Agreement over Goodlawyer.
- What is a Release Agreement?
- Pricing and Scope
- What is the Process?
- Why does my business need these documents?
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Book your Release Agreement
What is a Release Agreement?
Release Agreements, sometimes called Release Forms or Waiver Agreements, are legal documents that release a person or business from liability after an incident has occurred. Often, the incident has caused damages to one party and the Release Agreement is being used to compensate the victim without the need to go to court. In exchange for their compensation, the victim waives their right to take the other party to court in the future seeking further compensation. Think of it like a court settlement without all the nasty litigation.
A Good Lawyer can help you craft a Release Agreement that is tailored to your specific situation. They have the experience to estimate what appropriate compensation looks like in the eyes of the court and will be able to help you draft a deal that’s fair for both parties.
Pricing and Scope
$300 + Tax
- $250 Legal fee
- $50 Service fee
- This price is based on a basic Release Agreement and is subject to additional fees if your matter is more complex. Your lawyer will always clarify any additional costs for your approval
- Project kick-off call to gather information, advise you, and answer your questions
- One customized Release Agreement
- One round of minor revisions if necessary
- More than one version of the Release Agreement
- Negotiation on behalf of either party involved in the Agreement
- Additional work or questions following the delivery of the Release Agreement
- Major revisions or rewriting of the Release Agreement throughout, or after the project
Your lawyer may recommend additional services on or after your call. Your approval for any additional work is always required and you will never be billed for services you didn't agree to.
What is the process?
- Book a call. Pick a time to discuss your Release Agreement with a Good Lawyer.
- Design your Waiver. Help your lawyer understand the situation and how the Release Agreement will be used. They will advise you and draft a tailored Release Agreement for your needs.
- Receive your Waiver. You will receive a copy of the Release Agreement, ready to be printed and signed.
Why get a Release Agreement on Goodlawyer?
Release Agreements can help you resolve your conflict without going to court. This is generally the faster, easier, cheaper, and less risky option.
Resolve the issue.
Completing a Release Agreement means putting the issue in the past. This helps you stop worrying about unexpected lawsuits and lets you focus on growing your business.
Get the right terms.
Getting help from a Good Lawyer means taking advantage of their extensive experience and coming up with a custom solution for your problem.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be able to communicate with my lawyer after the kickoff call?
Yes, absolutely. You can use the Goodlawyer platform to send messages and files. If substantially more communication is needed, your lawyer may request another call.
Is a Release Agreement the same as a Liability Waiver?
No. A Liability Waiver is signed before an activity or event and one party waives their right to pursue legal action in the case of damages. There is no compensation involved with Liability Agreements, whereas Release Agreements are generally used after an incident and involve compensation for the damaged party. If you think you might need a Liability Waiver instead, your Good Lawyer will be able to help you.
When should I use a Release Agreement?
Release Agreements are often used for situations involving property damage, personal injury, or the settlement of outstanding debt. Release Agreements are highly situational and are generally used where damage can clearly be attributed to one party and the other party is legally able to sue and likely to be awarded compensation. Since the results in these situations are relatively predictable, both parties are likely to prefer to sign a Release Agreement and “settle” rather than spending more time and money going to court.
What if I need more than one Release Agreement?
This service will only cover the creation of one Release Agreement. If additional Release Agreements are needed, you can talk to your Good Lawyer. Sometimes it is more efficient to produce multiple Agreements and a discount is possible, but that is situational and Goodlawyer can’t guarantee any kind of bulk discount.
What file format will the Release Agreement be in?
Release Agreements are generally delivered as a PDF so that they can be easily shared, printed, and signed. They can also be delivered as a Word document. If that’s something you’re interested in, make sure you mention it to your lawyer.
Why not use a free template found on the internet?
If a Release Agreement is not legally valid, it does not release anyone from liability and a lawsuit can still occur after it is signed. In order to be legally valid, the agreement needs to accurately describe your situation and the compensation being exchanged. If your Agreement is too general, has irrelevant information, or violates any laws, it will likely be void in the eyes of the Courts. Release Agreements are generally signed fairly soon after an incident but serious damages might not be observed for months or years. For this reason, we recommend that generic Release Agreements, especially Release Agreements that haven’t been reviewed by a lawyer are never used when there is the risk of a significant lawsuit.
Do I need a lawyer in my province?
Generally, no, you don’t need a local lawyer to draft a Release Agreement. If you are looking for an employment-related Release Agreement, it might be best to talk to a lawyer in your province. If you book an out-of-province lawyer that determines you need someone with local expertise, Goodlawyer can set you up with a local lawyer ready to help.
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