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Making a Hold Harmless Agreement
A Hold Harmless Agreement is a legal agreement that states that one party will not hold another party liable for risk, often physical risk or damage. The Hold Harmless Clause can be one-way (unilateral) or two-way (reciprocal) agreements and can be signed before or after an activity takes place.
A Hold Harmless Clause, sometimes called a Release of Liability or Indemnity Agreement, is a smart way to protect you from liability issues should an incident occur on your property or during an event you are sponsoring. This agreement is simple to make using Rocket Lawyer's document builder.
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A Hold Harmless agreement is used to protect from liability. This type of release agreement can be made to protect one side of the agreement or both sides (mutual Hold Harmless). An example would be you hire someone to do some remodeling work on your house and you do not want to be held liable if they hurt themselves while on your property. You can ask them to sign a Hold Harmless Agreement to protect you should an incident occur. They may, in turn, ask for protection as well, such as protection from injury should your child wander into the construction area and become injured.
You'll need to have some information ready to make your Hold Harmless Agreement. Using our document builder all you'll have to do is answer a few simple questions. Here are some of the key provisions in a Hold Harmless Agreement:
A Hold Harmless Agreement, or similar agreements, are used in many instances. Basically, it is used to protect one or both parties in a wide range of situations. Common situations include:
The validity of Hold Harmless Agreements varies. Some states will not uphold agreements that are overly broad in the language used to protect from liability. Also, some states have anti-indemnity laws that prohibit Hold Harmless Agreements in some construction scenarios. You may want to consult an attorney to advise you to help determine the enforceability of your Hold Harmless Agreement. Additionally, some agreements may not stand up if an injury occurs due to negligence such as subpar equipment.