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What does a release form cost? You may be asking this question if you need legal contracts to release legal liability. Let’s explore this question and review some general information about release forms and when they are used.

What is a Release Form?

A release form is a legal agreement between two parties in which one party, called the releasor, agrees to release the other party, the releasee, from any legal liability involved with a particular activity.

It is common to see release forms in the entertainment industry. Anyone filmed or photographed is usually required to sign a release form to allow the owner of the image or footage to use the media as they see fit.

For example, a photographer may require a model to sign a release form. This allows the photographer to use images of the model for any campaigns or advertising they want. However, when the model signs the release, they are signing away their rights to their photographs and the right to dictate how the photograph is used.

Release forms can also be used for other reasons, like obtaining medical documents or other confidential materials. Whenever a release is signed, it signals that the releasor consented to the terms and conditions of the agreement.

Release forms are important legal documents, and they must be drafted correctly. Therefore, many content creators hire an attorney to draft their release form to ensure that it is legally binding and will be enforceable in court.

The cost of hiring a lawyer to draft a release form will vary based on where the lawyer is located, their experience level, and the contract's length and complexity.

Based on ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data, the average cost of a project involving a release form is $300.00.

What’s Included in a Release Form

Release forms tend to be straightforward documents, but they need to include certain key terms to be legally enforceable. Therefore, the following terms should always be included in a release form:

  • arty information. The names of the releasor and the releasee clearly indicate which party is in which role.
  • Scope. The release form should include details about the project, the type of media being used, and exactly what content the releasor is agreeing to release.
  • Permissions. Different projects will require different permissions.
  • Special considerations. Special considerations include whether the participant will receive compensation or credit for the media being used.
  • Signatures. Both parties must sign the release for it to be legally binding.

Speaking to a lawyer about an additional contract clause necessary for the release form is always recommended. Every media project is different, so different creators may need different releases to protect their rights and creative work fully.

Types of Release Forms

  • Photography release form. Used by photographers to protect photographers' rights to capture images of people. When a model or client signs a photography release form, they give the photographer full creative rights over the captured images. Some releases may require payment for models.
  • Model release form. Used by models and photographers to dictate how photographs can be sold to third parties for commercial purposes and financial gain.
  • Property release form. Release forms are also used when a person’s personal property is photographed or filmed. The creator must get a release from the property owner to use the images. Property ranges from houses to cars and pets.

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Release Form Drafting

Release forms are important documents because they lay out the terms and conditions surrounding how certain media containing images of people or property can and cannot be used.

Hiring an attorney familiar with release forms is encouraged to draft the agreement. An experienced lawyer will know the contract and liability laws in your state and be able to create a release form customized to your professional needs.

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Release Form Review

Many content creators choose to draft their release form from templates easily found online. While this is possible, it is recommended that before using the contract, you have it reviewed by an attorney.

A lawyer who provides review services will take your already drafted release form and ensure that it is free from mistakes, follows state laws and regulations, and is appropriately tailored to your industry or creative content needs.

Release Form Drafting Cost

You will incur legal fees if you hire a lawyer to draft a release form. A lawyer will charge for all their time spent on your legal task. Fees can include:

  • Consultations
  • Meetings
  • Research
  • Time spent drafting the contract
  • Any necessary revisions

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows that release form drafting costs $321.25 across all states and industries.

Release Form Review Cost

If you draft your release form, you must hire an attorney to review the contract before using it. Hiring a lawyer for document review will come with legal fees but ensuring that your contract is legally enforceable and will protect you is invaluable.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows that the average release form review costs $375.00 across all states and industries.

How Do Lawyers Charge for Release Forms?

Hourly Rates for Release Forms

Hourly rate fee structures are common for lawyers to bill their clients. Under an hourly rate fee agreement, the lawyer will keep track of their time working on the legal project and then bill the client for the total number of hours after the case or task.

The lawyer may send monthly bills if the legal service is set up to be a long-term project. For short-term projects, the lawyer will typically bill the client once at the end of the project.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows that the average hourly rate for a contract lawyer ranges from $200 - $350 per hour.

Flat Fee Rates for Release Forms

Flat fee rate structures are becoming more common for lawyers when hired for a specific project, like drafting or reviewing release forms. Under this fee agreement, the attorney provides their client with a flat fee quote for legal services.

The client must usually pay this fee upfront and will not incur additional fees. The client must understand what services are included in the flat fee rate. Additional projects, tasks, or meetings could incur more legal fees.

ContractsCounsel’s marketplace data shows that a release form's average flat fee rate is $300.00.

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