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Contracts are the lifeblood of any business because a contract puts all the promises on paper

Anyone can see the selling price, the goods, and the delivery time. Every business is going to need contract for their clients, employees, and business contact sooner or later. Good business contracts prevent disputes and set clear expectations for everyone involved.

Some of the oldest examples of written language on Earth are business contracts and receipts. Ancient Sumerian cuneiform tablets have records of business deals, like buying copper ore. Other tablets are receipts, or even complaints about the substandard quality of materials supplied. It seems that some things in business never change.

If you’re just starting in business, you know you need a contract that holds up, but maybe the money for a lawyer is just too much to justify. Many people just search the internet for a contract that looks good enough for their business. That contract may not be made for the state of Ohio. It may not even fit what they are in business to do. When something goes wrong, the contract does not lay out how the problem should be resolved. The end result is predictable and disastrous. Good customers leave, business relationships are shattered, bills go unpaid, and the business ends up spending thousands on attorneys (or closes up permanently).

When you are ready to get robust contracts, call Linn Legal for a comprehensive and free consultation. We will work with you to make custom-tailored contracts that protect you while also not scaring your clients with walls of threatening legal text.

We work hard to understand the industry for our business clients

For example, a common issue in construction law and is what to do when a project runs over budget or requires change orders. Any construction contract should explicitly lay out whether change orders need to be in writing or can be made orally. Otherwise, months later when invoices come due, people conveniently forget agreeing to changes that cost thousands of dollars more–and they blame the contractor for cost overruns. Ohio also has specific state laws, such as the Ohio Consumer Sales Protection Act and the Home Solicitation Sales Act. These laws and more require contractors to have specific language in their written contracts, or else those contractors cannot enforce the contract and may end up paying attorney fees for their customers as well as themselves. It’s up to you to decide whether you want to give a free roof to a customer because you didn’t have the right contract, or if you’re ready to hire a lawyer to make sure that does not happen.

Ignorance of contracts can be deadly in Ohio. Our state is one of the few states that allow a cognovit note provision in a contract. A cog note allows someone who offers up money in a contract to immediately file a lawsuit and collect judgment against you without going to trial, or even having a chance to respond. You may find out that a cognovit provision has been used against you when you find that your business bank account has been garnished and it is empty with no money to pay anyone in it. Any business lawyer can help you understand the risks of a cognitive at note and help you decide whether it is a good idea to sign one. However, if you sign a contract with strict terms like a cognitive note, mandatory arbitration, attorney fees, or other things that you dismiss as boilerplate language, it can have deadly results for your business.

If you’re ready to get proper contracts, or you’d like a second set of eyes on what you already have, call Linn Legal. Maybe you’ve been burned in the past by a customer. Maybe you lose sleep because you’re worried that you will get sued or never collect on a payment. We want you to be confident when you hand your contract to a customer. Let us help with the contracts so you can go back to work.

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What our clients say

They are very thorough and absolutely wonderful to talk to. Very responsive and made sure that I clearly understood my options. Shakespeare was wrong about at least one attorney! 5.0/5.0 Marianne K.

Doug Linn has been my primary attorney for a number of years. He's handled matters ranging from document review, legal strategy, and litigation, and each time we've had a successful and satisfactory outcome. The best thing about working with LinnLegal is you're not overcharged for quick questions, a brief phone call, or a follow-up e-mail. That's meaningful when you're trying to work through something and you want to ask your attorney for advice. I highly recommend LinnLegal. Paul M.

I hired LinnLegal to help look over and negotiate an important business contract. Doug did an excellent job of looking over everything carefully and he pointed out several potential pitfalls of the original contract wording. He did a great job of reviewing everything in a timely manner, and he was extremely reasonable with his time estimates and his budgeting. Doug's expertise and professionalism ensured everything went smoothly. I had great peace of mind knowing that Doug was representing my interests well, and I highly recommend him and his firm. Clint H.

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We invite you to call Linn Legal for real estate, business transactions, and estate planning needs. Please bear in mind that the firm does not represent clients in lawsuits, because our goal is to keep you out of the courtroom in the first place.

513-426-9443 5935 Ridge Rd. #400
Cincinnati, OH 45213

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