One simple, yet effective, way that Ohio businesses can avoid contract disputes is to have all contracts and agreements notarized. This may seem like an unnecessary and time-consuming step, especially if a notary public is difficult to locate. However, a business owner who has had the legitimacy of a contract challenged because the signatures were challenged will most likely consider such a step to be mandatory in the future.
Unlike the past, modern law requires contracts and agreements to be notarized only in a few special cases, such as real estate deeds. In those cases, a notary public who is commissioned by a governmental authority to witness signatures will provide a guarantee that the signatures are genuine. Even when the law does not require signatures to be notarized, there are several instances where it makes sense to do so.