Hold Harmless Agreements

Last Updated: January 12, 2023

A hold harmless agreement is a legal document in which one party agrees to protect another party from any legal liability or damages that may arise from an event or situation.

These agreements are often used in situations where one party is providing a service or product to another party, and the second party wants to ensure that they are not held responsible for any damages or injuries that may result.

To write a hold harmless agreement, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Determine the parties involved in the agreement. This will include the party that is providing the service or product (the “indemnitor”) and the party that is requesting protection (the “indemnitee”).

  2. Identify the specific event or situation that the indemnitee is seeking protection from. This could be a specific activity, such as providing a service or using a product, or it could be a general situation, such as any damages or injuries that may arise from the indemnitor’s actions.

  3. Outline the terms of the hold harmless agreement. This should include a clear statement that the indemnitor agrees to protect the indemnitee from any legal liability or damages that may result from the identified event or situation.

  4. Include any additional terms or conditions that may be relevant to the agreement. This could include the duration of the agreement, any exclusions or limitations on the indemnitor’s liability, and any other terms that the parties agree upon.

  5. Have the agreement reviewed and signed by both parties. It is important to have a legal professional review the agreement to ensure that it is legally enforceable and that all necessary terms are included.

Here is an example of a hold harmless agreement:


This Hold Harmless Agreement (“Agreement”) is made and entered into by and between [Indemnitor], a [State] corporation, and [Indemnitee], a [State] corporation.

The parties agree as follows:

The Indemnitor agrees to hold harmless and indemnify the Indemnitee from any and all claims, damages, or expenses arising from or related to the use of the Indemnitor’s products or services by the Indemnitee.

This Agreement shall be effective from the date of execution and shall remain in full force and effect until terminated by either party upon thirty (30) days written notice.

This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between the parties and supersedes any prior agreements or understandings, whether written or oral.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Agreement as of the date and year first above written.



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