It is important to review what you sign when checking in at a resort. We are not talking about credit card receipts. Oftentimes, you will be handed a pamphlet of information to review and sign. These pamphlets can vary and sometimes hold binding legal agreements in the fine print. Like online agreements, these legal agreements can have negative consequences if you ever find yourself facing a legal situation where you have already waived your legal rights.
Why should I review what I sign when Checking in at a Resort?
You should review what you sign when checking in at a resort because there may be important legal agreements placed into what you sign. Some of these agreements are in place to displace liability for injuries or accidents, and others are in place to displace liability for negligence and other legal hurdles facing resorts on a regular basis. Some of these agreements force you to litigate in an extremely inconvenient site, sometimes in another country. Waiving any right is something that should concern you whether you are on vacation, traveling for business, or attending an event like a wedding.
What type of things should I look for before signing at Check In?
The the most important things to check for before signing anything at Check-in, include:
- Waiver of Liability Clauses – voluntary relinquishment of a right or privilege
- Exclusive Jurisdiction Clauses – parties agree to a court of a named country taking jurisdiction over any disputes that may arise
- Indemnification and Hold Harmless Clauses – one party agrees not to sue the other party for damages, expenses, or losses during a transaction or activity between the two parties
Each one of these clauses can appear anywhere within a waiver packet issued by resorts. Make sure to review anything you sign for legal language referring to the above legal clauses because you could be waiving your rights without even knowing.
Whom should I contact regarding Resort agreements in Florida?
If you believe a resort is overstepping their bounds with a signed agreement, contact the Law Offices of Peter M. Commette, P.A. We will be able to examine the case and find the best course of action to pursue. We leave no stone unturned for our clients, and will fight tooth and nail for what you rightfully deserve.
Don’t sign a contract you haven’t read and don’t sign an agreement form at a resort without reading the fine print. It is worth your time to understand the legal liabilities the resort might be taking away from you when checking in. If there are confusing terms on the legal waiver form at the resort you intend to stay, contact the Law Offices of Peter M. Commette, P.A. to get a better legal understanding. We will be able to answer any questions and offer a free consultation to ease any stress involved with checking into an American or Caribbean resort.