Lima, OH asked in Business Law for Ohio

Q: Can a client who makes a reservation for a group (i.e. family photos) sign a liability waiver for the entire group?

Can a client who makes on online paid reservation to rent out our space for a family photo sign a liability waiver for the entire group? Or would we need to collect a signature from each person?

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Mark Martin Turner
Mark Martin Turner
  • Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: As a general rule, no. A parent may waive the liability of a minor or incompetent person under their legal charge. But not for another adult. I am assuming that this example is a true family, with multi-adults, not a company photo where there is a single liable person/entity.

The best practice would be to have one person, the one paying, to take personal responsibility for the rest of the group. The waiver they sign should require that they have to indemnify the company if anyone they are signing for does not independently sign the waiver. Then have everyone sign the waiver at the event before you take any photos.

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