People are taking on tasks they have always wanted to do but haven’t trained for—when should they get a waiver?

A lawyer in West Chester made her husband sign a waiver before she agreed to give him a haircut which read: “Whereas the parties desire to maintain household harmony, now therefore the parties acknowledge that a person desiring to receive a haircut (hereinafter “recipient”) hereby agrees that regardless of the results, recipient shall not criticize, seek retribution against, or make accusations of the results being on purpose.”  That may be overkill, but from zoom fitness classes to the on line performance what had been just hobbies, people are now offering services for which they weren’t trained and want to know when they should be getting a waiver.

For an activity like an online piano lesson where there’s no real risk of injury, the person giving the service should be careful not to lie about his credentials, especially if he’s taking money.  So let everyone know you’re not an expert.  If there is a risk of harm, be sure to list the possible risks and make sure the person receiving services agrees to do it anyway.  And if you have to live with the unhappy haircut recipient, the risk is on you to live with the sulking.

From the Judge Group, I’m Amy E. Feldman for KYW News Radio.

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