A general liability release form includes information that legally protects an individual company or offering service in the case of an incident, reports FormSwift.com. Other information in the form includes the name of the signer, activity involved and a statement that the signer is responsible for his safety.
A party may also outline what the inherent risks are in the activity involved and include a statement that the signer is aware of and understands the nature of such risks, according to FormSwift.com. The form also contains the signatures, printed names, addresses and contact information of the signer and one witness. Any clauses that a party considers important may also be added to the form to increase its legal protection. These include disclaimers, informed consent agreements and covenants not to sue. Because liability waivers are commonly related to specific activities, it is important to include a detailed description of the activity and risks involved to make the form more effective.
The legal power of these forms can vary from state to state, notes FormSwift.com. While it is true that the form does not provide complete protection in any state, it does provide a layer of protection in a significant majority of the states. The failure of many general liability release forms to stand up in court is usually a result of poorly or vaguely written content.