Compensate fairly, for both parties.
$300 + Tax
Release Agreements are legal documents that release a person or business from liability after an incident. Often, the incident has caused damages and the Release Agreement is being used to compensate the victim without the need to go to court. Think of it like a court settlement without all the nasty litigation.
Release Agreements can help you resolve your conflict without going to court. This is generally the faster, easier, cheaper, and less risky option.
Resolve the issue.
Completing a Release Agreement means putting the issue in the past. This helps you stop worrying about unexpected lawsuits and lets you focus on growing your business.
Get the right terms.
Getting help from a Good Lawyer means taking advantage of their extensive experience and settling on something that is fair for both parties in the situation.
First, you'll have a kick-off call with your Good Lawyer to discuss your current situation. After the call, your lawyer will carefully complete your Agreement. They will share a copy of the final document.
1. Project kick-off call to gather information, advise you and answer questions
2. One custom Release Agreement
3. One round of minor revisions if necessary
Pick a time to discuss your Release Agreement with a Good Lawyer.
Help your lawyer understand the situation and how the Release Agreement will be used. They will advise you and draft a tailored Release Agreement for your needs.
You will receive a copy of the Release Agreement, ready to be printed and signed.
Get your paperwork done the easy way so you can get back to running your business.
Yes, absolutely. You can use the Goodlawyer platform to send messages and files. If substantially more communication is needed, your lawyer may request another call.
No. A Liability Waiver is signed before an activity or event and one party waives their right to pursue legal action in the case of damages. There is no compensation involved with Liability Agreements, whereas Release Agreements are generally used after an incident and involve compensation for the damaged party. If you think you might need a Liability Waiver instead, your Good Lawyer will be able to help you. Learn more about Liability Waivers on Goodlawyer.
Release Agreements are often used for situations involving property damage, personal injury, or the settlement of outstanding debt. Release Agreements are highly situational and are generally used where damage can clearly be attributed to one party and the other party is legally able to sue and likely to be awarded compensation. Since the results in these situations are relatively predictable, both parties are likely to prefer to sign a Release Agreement and “settle” rather than spending more time and money going to court.
This service will only cover the creation of one Release Agreement. If additional Release Agreements are needed, you can talk to your Good Lawyer. Sometimes it is more efficient to produce multiple Agreements and a discount is possible, but that is situational and Goodlawyer can’t guarantee any kind of bulk discount.
Release Agreements are generally delivered as a PDF so that they can be easily shared, printed, and signed. They can also be delivered as a Word document. If that’s something you’re interested in, make sure you mention it to your lawyer.
If a Release Agreement is not legally valid, it does not release anyone from liability and a lawsuit can still occur after it is signed. In order to be legally valid, the agreement needs to accurately describe your situation and the compensation being exchanged. If your Agreement is too general, has irrelevant information, or violates any laws, it will likely be void in the eyes of the Courts. Release Agreements are generally signed fairly soon after an incident but serious damages might not be observed for months or years. For this reason, we recommend that generic Release Agreements, especially Release Agreements that haven’t been reviewed by a lawyer are never used when there is the risk of a significant lawsuit.
Generally, no, you don’t need a local lawyer to draft a Release Agreement. If you are looking for an employment-related Release Agreement, it might be best to talk to a lawyer in your province. If you book an out-of-province lawyer that determines you need someone with local expertise, Goodlawyer can set you up with a local lawyer ready to help.
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