How to Type a Waiver of Release Form

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A waiver of release form is typically necessary if you or someone you work with decides to waive their right to something. This can include waiving your right for a pretrial during a court case or something as simple as allowing you to use a photo the person has either taken or appeared in for your own personal use. These waivers are important, as they show that the participant has both acknowledged and waived his right.

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    Open a word processing document and type everything you'll need the person to waive their right to. For example, if you are using an interview of the person in a video, the person will need to acknowledge what he will be participating in and that he allows you to use his likeness and interview.

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    Type up a preliminary waiver. Your language should be professional and written from the point of view of the person who is signing it. Your first sentence should state something similar to "I, the undersigned party, agree to the following."

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    Write down what it is exactly the person is agreeing to. You can word this in bullet points or a paragraph. For use of a photograph, you might say, "I, the undersigned party, agree to allow the photographer to use my photograph or likeness for promotion, ads and commercial products."

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    Type up a sentence that acknowledges the person is doing the activity voluntarily.

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    Acknowledge risks, if there are any. You can bullet these risks, if extensive, or type them up in a sentence. If there are any risks at all, your signee should acknowledge them. If signing to sky dive, for example, you can write a sentence like, "I acknowledge the risks of this endeavour, including but not limited to, serious permanent injury or death and confirm that the company is not responsible for such events."

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    Press your hyphen key and shift key at the same time and "draw" a line about half of the page wide to make a place for the person to sign. Place a smaller line next to this. Press enter and write "Responsible Party" underneath the longer line and "Date" underneath the small line. It is also a good idea to add another identical line for a parent or guardian to sign, typing "Parent/Guardian If Participant is Under 18" with a dateline next to it.

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    Have a friend, family member or business partner read over your waiver, making sure it sounds professional and is easy to read.

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    Print out your waiver for use.

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