Elements typically included in a legal disclaimer depend on the reason the disclaimer is written but often include specific disclaimers that restate settled areas of law as relates to product or service with the disclaimer. Disclaimers are most effective when included in a written contract, notes FindLaw.
Most general disclaimers, which seek to broadly exempt a manufacturer from liability, do not hold up in court, notes FindLaw. For service providers or retailers selling products manufactured by other companies, a common clause in a disclaimer is that the product is sold as-is. Another common element in disclaimers is a clause that indicates uses of a product outside the intended purpose of the product are not covered by warranties. These clauses are most effective when combined with a listing of the intended use of the product.