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Release form???

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by Kentuckydiesel, Jan 23, 2006.

  1. Kentuckydiesel

    Kentuckydiesel Senior Member
    Messages: 151

    What do those of you with very small plowing businesses do for a release form to cover your @$$??? We don't get but 3 or 4 decent plowable snows a year here so I can't afford to hire someone to write one up or anything like that. Thanks, Phillip
  2. Mick

    Mick PlowSite.com Veteran
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,546

    Release from what? If you're talking about liability, I wouldn't bother. Contracts usually contain a phrase, something like: "XXX (your company) is not liable for natural occuring events" and "Owner agrees to hold harmless and defend XXX" but as far as an form specifically for not being liable for damages from plowing - you might as well forget it. Any half-competent lawyer would challenge it, anyway, and have a good chance of winning. The best those statements above are going to do is meet insurance requirements and give your lawyer something to use to confuse the issue, prolong the process and drive up his/her fees. Face it, you are responsible for your actions or lack thereof. If you're not using a contract where these statements would be included, then having a release form is irrelevant.

    The cost of getting decent contracts (specific to your situation) written up is simply a cost of doing business, like buying a truck or plow.