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Consent Forms - How to Legally Protect Your Rights

What is a consent form?

Consent forms are needed to give legal permission, thereby protecting another from liability for an activity, undertaking, or transaction. When a written consent is required will depend on the situation. There are many ways a form of consent can be used, such as:

  • Medical Consent
  • Parent Or Guardian Consent
  • Forms Of Consent
  • Consent Letter
  • Informed Consent Form
  • Athletic Participation
  • Letter Of Consent
  • Background Checks
  • Written Publications And Books
  • Copyrights
  • Health Disclosures
  • Hunting Or Fishing
  • Medical Treatment
  • Entertainment, Movies Or Photography
  • Photograph Use
  • Psychological Testing
  • Reproduce Images
  • Reproduce Recordings
  • Safe Deposit Box Access
  • Medical Records Release
  • Hospital Records
  • Emergency Medical Treatment Authorization Form For Minor
  • Consent To Background Check And Credit References
  • Tenant Background And References Check
  • Employment History Release
  • Medical Treatment
  • School Field Trips
  • Internet Use
  • Parental Travel Permission
  • Tattoos

Who Needs Consent Forms

Forms of consent are requested by many different types of users, for example:

  1. 1. A letter of consent is often requested from the parent or guardian of a minor child by a school or library, such as to participate in Internet use, field trip, or athletic participation.
  2. 2. A landlord may need consent to a tenant background and credit check.
  3. 3. An employer may seek employment history and criminal background check consent.
  4. 4. A hospital will require informed consent for certain procedures, and HIPAA and other medical consent and medical records regulations apply.
  5. 5. An author, model, or photographer may need consent for use of books and written publications, photograph use, or permission to reproduce images.
  6. 6. Local laws may require consent from a minor child for tattoos.
  7. 7. Parking garages may require a consent or release form to be signed.

Law Governing Consent Forms

In some settings, health for example, primarily state and local health laws will govern informed consent for emergency medical procedures medical records, health disclosures, medical treatment, psychological tests, and other medical consent forms. Federal law may also apply to medical consent, such as HIPAA laws.

In other types of written consent, there may be a policy in place by the entity involved requiring written permission, such as a school requiring minor child permission for a field trip or emergency medical treatment, a landlord requiring a tenant background check consent, or an employer seeking employment information about employment history, criminal background check, or credit check. In such cases, the private policy of the agencies or corporations involved will govern.

Consent may be created for purely business purposes, such as licensing rights to photograph use, reproduce images, reproduce recordings, books and written publications, and copyrighted material. In order to engage in more dangerous activities like athletic participation, hunting and fishing, etc., a consent or release form may be required to limit liability for risk inherent in the activity. In such transactions, principles of contract law will apply.

Consent FAQs

When is a consent form needed?

The are many reasons why consent forms are used. A form of consent may be used for example:

  • To give medical consent for a medical procedure or release of medical records.
  • A minor child may need parental consent to a field trip or athletic participation.
  • Rental applicants are often required to consent to a tenant background check, credit check, and release of employment information.
  • Writers, photographers, musicians, etc., may want to grant consent to use of patented and copyrighted material to allow others to publish or reproduce recordings, images, books and written publications, and other original works.

There are many other examples of consent letter and consent form templates available on US Legal Forms.

What laws apply to consents?

The answer will depend on the person or entity asking for the consent form. In medical consent situations, a state or federal health law will often apply, such as informed consent to medical treatment and psychological tests, or HIPAA rules governing hospital records, health disclosures, and other medical records. When background checks are required of prospective tenants or for employment information purposes, disclosures to the applicant are required to advise the applicant of their rights concerning written consent and disputing a report of negative information. State family law primarily applies to adoption and paternity cases. Parental permission for athletic participation or for a minor child to take field trips or travel abroad with be governed by the policies of the school involved. Consent to use of a copyright of a book and written publication or to reproduce images and photographs will mainly be governed by contract law principles.

What does informed consent of a patient mean?

When it comes to emergency medical procedures and other medical treatment, informed consent means the patient gives consent to the treatment or procedure after being made aware of all the possible risks and consequences. By having a patient sign an informed consent form, it releases the medical provider from liability for outcomes that the patient was advised on and consented to through an informed consent form.

Can you describe types of forms of consent that I can't be forced to sign?

Contracts for consent forms of many privately run entities and individuals are often a matter of private agreement. However, the bargaining position between the parties in signing a consent form may not be equal, such as when a bank needs forms of consent signed before granting safe deposit box access or a parent makes a minor child sign an Internet use agreement. Some examples of agreements where you have a choice whether or not to give consent include:

  • Consent forms are often required to be signed by private businesses, such as parking garages, and baby sitters.
  • Guardian or parent consent may be required when a minor child is involved, such as for school field trips, travel abroad, or athletic participation. Since the event is optional, the child has a choice not to participate.
  • A consent form to a background check. However, if you don't sign the requested consent forms to allow a references or credit check, an employer or landlord may legally deny you the job or rental you seek.

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See also Waiver and Release Forms