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Today I was looking at the law of general releases. You know, you want to go on a charity bike ride and they press a paper in front of you asking you to sign. BEWARE! People don't ask you to sign stuff to make your life easier. They do it to really put the screws to you when they hurt you. Here's what they say when their negligence has injured you: "Too bad sucker, we got you to sign a release. You have no rights against us, no matter how bad we acted." Can this be right? Can they make you to sign a paper to get a free shirt at a charity event and then force feed you the paper after they hurt you? YES, they can. It has happened 100's of times and is so totally unfair that it defies belief. Yet, our courts routinely say that if you can read you are bound by the silly terms they put in the release.  With that said, there are some loopholes in the law of releases but these have to be carefully researched before any good conclusions can be drawn. So, the next time you think about signing a paper on a nice sunny Saturday morning, think again. Your signature counts and you should not just toss it around simply because someone sticks a paper under your nose. Just say NO. Chances are you'll get that free tee shirt anyway.

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