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Can you successfully start your own business?

If you have decided to start your own business in Ohio, chances are you have had some thoughts about what you need to do to create a successful start-up. Being an entrepreneur is a wildly exciting adventure and one that can result in a rewarding future.

According to the Huffington Post, your decision to take some proactive steps early on can give you a better chance at creating an entity that grows and succeeds. These tips include the following:

  • Have a plan: Never go into such a significant endeavor with a blind sense of direction. Take your time planning and creating a vision. Along the way, set realistic goals and document your success to help you recognize where improvements can be made.
  • Listen: While you may feel like your expertise is enough to create a business, you will benefit indefinitely from listening to the advice of other people like mentors, professors and trusted friends.
  • Be ethical: While bending the rules of ethics may provide momentary success, it can damage your reputation and destroy your business over the long term. It is imperative to retain your integrity no matter the situation.
  • Maintain passion: Running your own business will have its stressful moments, but those will be overcome when you maintain your passion. Remind yourself of the reason you started your company and infuse your product or service with this passion.
  • Market the right way: Pay close attention to the people who are most interested in buying your product or service. Understand what they are looking for and cater to their needs.

3 estate planning mistakes made by inexperienced planners

When you're making your estate plan, you may be tempted to "go it on your own" -- perhaps with a do-it-yourself template that allows you to create a last will and testament.

Doing this, however, could make your estate plan vulnerable to being challenged, and -- in the end -- your wishes might not be carried out as you hoped.

How could zoning affect your Ohio business plans?

If you are trying to start a business in Ohio, you must learn about and understand zoning laws. Not adhering to zoning regulations could result in your business getting shut down or not being able to even open. To avoid losing money and wasting time, become familiar with what zoning is, how it works and what your local ordinances are.

According to Entrepreneur, zoning is the process where governments create zones within its boundaries and assign to each zone rules for what they can be used for. Most cities, for example, have zones for business and residential uses. In some areas, these are zoned in the same zones, while in other areas business zones may be separate from residential zones.

Can you prevent business disputes from happening?

Operating your own business in Ohio is an accomplishment to be reckoned with, and one that requires dedication, perseverance and hard work. However, sometimes disputes can occur between employees or levels of management. Fortunately, there are preventative steps you can take to reduce the chances of debilitating contention from harming your organization's success. 

As you work to create an environment that is conducive to production, employee satisfaction and overall success, the Huffington Post suggests some things you can do along the way to prevent disputes. These include the following: 

  • Be proactive: One of the most effective practices to reduce contention in the workplace is to be proactive about solving problems, addressing concerns and implementing best practices. As soon as you suspect a problem, find its root cause and determine what action steps can be taken to prevent serious issues down the road. 
  • Communicate often: Your employees should be in regular contact with their supervisor. Any time a new protocol is being implemented, a policy change is being made, a concern is being addressed or a disagreement is being solved, communication should be consistent, regular and clearly articulated. 
  • Set clear expectations: When your employees are completely aware of what you expect of them in regards to behaviors, methods and outcomes, you should not have to worry about disputes. When personal discretion has to be taken because instructions are unclear, it can quickly lead to disagreements. 

How can I register my business name in Ohio?

If you are starting a business in Ohio, one of your legal obligations is to register your business name. This must be done with the Secretary of State. The Ohio Small Business Development Centers notes you need to first identify your business structure to ensure you file the correct form and provide the needed information to complete your business name registration.

You can create one of six business types. For all of them except one, you must have a unique business name. A sole proprietorship is the exception because you are the only owner and may be the only employee, so you are allowed to start this business using your own name. You must file for a DBA, which means doing business as, if you will not be using your name. The other structures, which require a unique name, include limited liability company, limited liability partnership, general partnership and limited partnership. When you register your business name, you are also registering the business structure. You must use the form that corresponds to your business structure.

What should you know when seeking home health care?

If you have elderly loved ones in Ohio, you may know that the process of finding appropriate health care for elderly loved ones is undertaken with immense thought and careful planning. With so many options available to choose from, it is imperative that you weigh each and select your choice based on your loved one's needs, physical limitations and comfort. If you are considering home health care, your efforts to understand what to look for can help you to make a more confident decision that will benefit your family member.

According to Medicare.gov, home health care workers will undertake several important responsibilities to provide your loved one with personal, reliable and professional care. These include the following:

  • Help monitor and manage your loved one's pain level. 
  • Regularly check your loved one's vitals including blood pressure, heart rate and temperature.
  • Provide your loved one with assistance in taking necessary medications, as well as help with required medical treatments.
  • Guarantee that your loved one's daily needs are met including eating, drinking and bathing. 
  • Verify that your loved one is safe and that the environment he or she is living in is suitable for his or her physical needs.
  • Function as a liaison between your loved one and anyone else participating in his or her care to maintain reliable communication about medical conditions and treatments.

Do young parents need to have an estate plan?

While you might think that estate planning is only for elderly people, this isn't the case. In fact, that thought could seriously affect your children if something happens to you.

It is a horrific scenario that no parent wants to contemplate, but thinking about what will happen to your children if you pass away is something you should do. Here are some points that you need to think about when creating an estate plan for a young family.

Beneficiaries, executors and other estate matters

When it comes to estates, all sorts of legal issues may need to be considered during any phase of the process. Whether you are just beginning to take a look at your options and create an estate plan or your loved ones are in the middle of a dispute after you have passed away, these matters can be quite hard to work through. At Flynn, Py & Kruse, we recognize the importance of successfully handling estate challenges that arise and know how beneficial this can be for families in Sandusky and across Ohio.

Whether you are creating a trust or a will, you may have many questions. For example, you may have uncertainties about how to have your assets distributed after you pass away and you could be struggling with naming beneficiaries. Or, you might be trying to decide which type of trust is ideal for your personal circumstances. Moreover, you might be concerned about the likelihood of a dispute among your family members after you pass away.

Intestacy: What happens when someone doesn't leave a will

Making an estate plan is something many people in Ohio procrastinate about, but that does not mean they never think about who should get their property and possessions when they die. According to the Ohio State Bar Association, a person who dies without a will is intestate. There are many differences in how the courts treat estates when there is a will versus when there is not.

Someone has to take care of the inventory of the estate, pay the debts and distribute the remaining assets. A person who makes a will gets to choose an executor to perform these duties. If no one is chosen (or if the person named by the decedent does not want to do it), the court chooses an administrator to fulfill the responsibilities.

Tips to avoid contract disputes

A contract is a binding legal agreement between two people in Ohio. However, it is not uncommon for disputes and issues to arise due to the agreement. Preventing contract disputes may actually lie in drawing up a solid contract to begin with, according to Entrepreneur. What happens when the contract is initially instigated may affect everything from that point on.

The best safeguard against the other party disputing contract elements or even the validity of the document is notarization. Getting the signatures notarized can save a lot of time and prevent litigation in the future. It is generally recognized by the court that a notarized signature is a valid signature, so it is very difficult for a person to later say they never signed the contract. This can stop many claims before they become major issues because that notarized signature says the people signing understood and agreed to the contents of the contract.

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