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Taking action after a breach of contract in Ohio

If you are a business owner in the state of Ohio, it is important that you equip yourself with an understanding of the law on certain issues. One of the issues that you should have a good understanding of is the law regarding breach of contract.

When a client or partner breaches a contract that you have signed, this can lead to serious financial consequences for your business. This is why it is vital to know how action should be taken in order to minimize damages and to uphold the law.

Negotiating your Cincinnati commercial lease key to your business

You've outgrown your Cincinnati facility and need a new place to conduct your business. There's a lot to consider beyond size and location, though. Think about your lease.

Commercial leases aren't one size fits all. They just can't be downloaded from the internet. And while the building landlord might have the terms written on paper, are they really right for your business?

Incorporation can be beneficial for your Ohio business

You run a small business in Ohio, and things are going well. You can make payroll for your few employees, keep the inventory stocked and pay yourself too. Friends have recommended you should incorporate your business, but why? Things are good.

It certainly is something to consider.

Thinking about starting a business? Consider these steps.

Starting a business takes a great deal of time and effort. If you believe that being an entrepreneur is your calling, you have the opportunity to make your dreams a reality if you have the drive to pursue your goals and have the right information for starting a new business. Trying to create a business on your own may seem intimidating, but fortunately, resources for help are available.

When it comes to starting a business, you will need to take a number of important factors into consideration. After all, you cannot start a company without knowing what product or service you want to provide or without understanding what goes into creating and maintaining a successful business.

A Hamilton County court worker gains release from contract

A former Hamilton County Clerk of Courts employee who sued her boss over a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) prohibiting her from speaking about him can now say whatever she likes. Her former boss voluntarily released her from the agreement.

The election in 2017 marked the first time in nearly 100 years since a Democrat had held the role of Clerk of Courts. One of the first steps the new Clerk took upon assuming that position was to fire at least a dozen longtime employees of the office, something that he'd told media outlets would do away with the "make work" jobs that were a drain on the county's resources.

How you handle policy violation discussions with workers matters

No matter how careful you try to be when picking only the most responsible and honest employees, there's always someone who will try to bend the rules. It's that one worker that engages in misconduct that leaves you questioning whether you should reassess your hiring practices. Since having to take disciplinary action for policy violations doesn't happen all the time, you may be unsure what to do when the time comes to have to.

You should take disciplinary action against an employee who violates company policies right away. You should do this because this is when what they did is most apt to be at the forefront of their mind. You also send a message to other would-be policy breakers that you mean business by doing so.

The Cincinnati Zoo files suit to have their gorilla returned

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden filed a lawsuit against the Gorilla Foundation in federal court in the Northern District of California on Oct. 25. In their filing, the Cincinnati Zoo requests that the animal sanctuary return Ndume, the male companion of their deceased gorilla Koko. She died while being cared for at the California facility on June 19. He was born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1981 and loaned to the sanctuary in 1991.

An agreement signed between the two reportedly stated that Ndume was being loaned to the California sanctuary so that he could breed with Koko. They never facilitated this though. They instead kept the two gorillas in distinct enclosures for years.

What does it mean to breach a contract?

If you entered into a written agreement with another party, you probably entered into a contract. For instance, if you agreed to provide a service or goods in exchange for money, and each of you accepted those terms, then you have a contract.

Continuing with this example, if you or the other party fails to fulfill your part of the contract, it would constitute a breach of it. The breach doesn't have to fully void the contract; a partial breach is possible. For instance, the other party may only pay you a portion of what he or she owes you under the agreement.

Construction contract details: Scope of services

It is very important to understand all of the necessary elements of a construction contract when drawing one up or signing it. This typically starts with names, dates, projected costs, a timeframe and other such details. All parties need to know what is expected and what it is going to cost.

One factor that people sometimes overlook, though, is the scope of the services being provided. To put it simply: The scope of services defines exactly what the customer is buying from the contractor.

Advice for starting your new company

Starting a new business sometimes makes you feel like you need to run forward with the idea as fast as possible, using your momentum to take the company off the ground. This enthusiasm is good, but it is wise to slow things down a bit and make sure you do it the right way. Plan for long-term success. Here are a few tips that can help.

1. Start with research

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