Contracts for One-Time Jobs

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by tlc1994, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. tlc1994

    tlc1994 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 290

    I'm in high school and do a few lawns around the neighborhood. In the winter about half my lawns are dormant (bermuda), so I do stump removals to keep income. While I ask the homeowner and always call 811, there is always a possible threat of hitting a phone line, low voltage line, or worse... I wanted to create a contract specifically for one-time jobs like this. If a customer were to agree and sign a contract stating that I am not responsible for any damage to these lines, either by accident or inadvertantly, would this document uphold legally?

    Aside from my personal situation, I am curious to know the general legality (while it may vary by state), that by stating that you are not responsible, and the customer signing the contract, the contract would actually have legal inegrity. Sorry if I sound like an idiot, but you have to start somewhere, right?
  2. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,943

    This is why a JD requires at least two semesters of contract law.

    Getting yourself into liability situations that could cost you very large money makes a good legal document well worth your money.

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