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What should be included in a liability contract for farm sitters?
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Before farm-sitting, spell out everything you are expected to do in a contact signed by both parties. | Photo: iStock

Q. My friend is going on vacation and is paying me to take care of her farm, horses, and dog while she is away. Should there be a written contract or document that we sign to protect both her and I in the event that something happens out of my control while she is away (e.g., horse becomes extremely sick, dog runs away, property gets damaged, etc.)?

—Jennifer, via email

A. A written contract is a smart move to set appropriate expectations on both sides and to limit your liability

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Rachel Kosmal McCart is the founder and principal attorney of Equine Legal Solutions, PC (ELS), an equine law firm based near Portland, Ore. McCart is a graduate of the Duke University School of Law and licensed to practice in four states: California, New York, Oregon, and Washington. She is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. ELS represents clients in litigation, helps resolve equine disputes, drafts customized equine contracts, represents clients in horse industry disciplinary hearings, and incorporates equine businesses. Learn more at

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