What is a hold harmless letter template?


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If a person is performing services for or is using property that belongs to another individual, a hold harmless letter outlines the details of the liability issues surrounding that service or use. The letter usually contains language that outlines who is protected from a liability lawsuit.

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If someone hires a contractor to perform a service on his property, he wants to ensure that he's not sued by a third party if that third party were to somehow be injured as a result of the construction activities going on. A hold harmless letter may also be presented to someone if he were to participate in an activity put on by another individual or entity.

When drafting a hold harmless letter, the contents of the letter should contain the name and address of the party who is seeking protection from liability, the name and address of the party being asked to provide protection from liability, and the effective date of the agreement.

The letter should also state the law that governs the liability protection. This could be the state that one or both of the party resides in or the state in which the activity or service is to take place in.

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