I have people work on our property. They do not have licenses . They are builders. They did sign liability waver - each of them. Do I still responsible if any mishap happen with anyone?
There are a lot of issues involved including how much control you exercise over the builders, who signs the release and what the release says. Even better than a release is making sure you have adequate insurance coverage in case anything does happen.
As Mr. Myers said, sometimes the seemingly easy questions are really not. you need to sit down with an attorney and let him or her review your waiver form and discuss all of the facts and possibilities in order to get an answer that is worth anything at all.
The liability waiver won't protect you, so get a big insurance policy.
I do not practice law in Washington but I can tell you that in Colorado such releases are generally not airtight. You may want to contact an employment attorney to discuss your rights.
In no way am I offering you legal advice, and in no way has my comment created an attorney-client relationship. You are not to rely upon my note above in any way, but insted need to sit down with counsel and share all relevant facts before receiving fully-informed legal advice. If you want to be completely sure of your rights, you must sit down with an experienced criminal defense attorney to be fully aware of your rights.
The liability waiver is certainly a good step for you to take, but even a liability waiver cannot provide complete protection in every possible scenario. Get an insurance policy with large limits to gain an additional layer of protection. In general, it's best to make sure that one's property is free of any dangerous conditions that could cause a foreseeable injury.
Because every situation is different, it would probably be best to talk to a lawyer about your particular situation. An attorney with experience in drafting commercial contracts might be your best bet if you would like some more thorough and specific advice.
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Laws vary from state to state so seek legal counsel immediately. In some jurisdictions a liability waiver will not protect you from a claim. Do you have a liability policy at home? If so contact your insurance company asap. Get the names and contact info of witnesses. Good luck. I agree with previous answers.
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