What form of partial and final waiver should I use?

What form of partial and final waiver should I use?

The form of partial and final waiver of release that you should use depends primarily on where you are in the chain of contracts. Are you the general contractor? Are you a subcontractor? Are you a sub-subcontractor or a supplier? The general rule is this.­ Try to give the narrowest release possible when you are the one being paid. That is, giving away the fewest amount of rights when you are receiving a check. If the role is reversed and you are giving a check, you should try to get the broadest release that you can possibly obtain when you hand over that check.

Let’s look at some forms of releases so that you can understand the language that distinguishes a narrow release from a broad release.

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About Alex Barthet

Alexander Barthet is a board certified construction attorney in Florida and holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering.  He manages The Barthet Firm, a ten lawyer construction law firm in Miami, and maintains a construction law blog at www.TheLienZone.com. He can be reached at 305-347-5295 or alex@barthet.com.