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.
Inc. notes there are additional things a person can do to ensure contract validity and avoid later disputes. It starts with making sure anyone signing a contract has the legal capacity to do so. They need to be the right age and have the mental capacity required to enter into a contract.
In addition, it is important to think ahead. All parties to a contract should consider what disputes could possible come up and resolve them before it is signed. Due diligence in drawing up the contract can save a lot of hassle in the long run.