In this post in the Understanding Contract terms series, we discuss the waiver clause and how it can impact your ability to enforce your contract rights.
We continue the Understanding Contract Terms series by explaining waiver clauses. Most contracts include some form of a waiver clause. Waiver clauses are important to understanding when contract provisions can be enforced and when certain actions may forfeit your rights under the contract.
What is a waiver clause?
In basic terms, the word “waive” means to give up a right or interest by choosing (intentionally or not) to let the opportunity to enforce the right or interest pass. Simply put, to waive something means to not enforce it.
Waiver clauses, then, are clauses in a contract that govern (1) how a party to the contract can waive a right and (2) what happens when a party to the contract waives the right.
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