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A memorandum of agreement
(MOA) or cooperative agreement
is a document
The term document has multiple meanings in ordinary language and in scholarship. WordNet 3.1. lists four meanings :* document, written document, papers...
written between parties to cooperatively work together on an agreed upon project or meet an agreed objective. The purpose of an MOA is to have a written understanding of the agreement between parties.
An MOA is a good tool to use for many heritage projects. It can be used between agencies, the public and the federal or state governments, communities, and individuals. An MOA lays out the ground rules of a positive cooperative effort.
An MOA can be a document written as a result of dispute resolution. An MOA written in this context will clearly identify the dispute, the means of resolving the dispute and an agreement for cooperatively working as partners, or working as separate entities but with certain agreed and often legal recourse
A legal recourse is an action that can be taken by an individual or a corporation to attempt to remedy a legal difficulty.* A lawsuit if the issue is a matter of civil law* Many contracts require mediation or arbitration before a dispute can go to court...
if the terms of the resolution is not met.
An MOA can also be used as a document outlining the cooperative terms of two entities to work in partnership on certain listed projects, or as a general partnership. The agreed responsibilities of the partners will be listed and the benefits of each party will be listed. As a part of the agreement there is usually a list of binding terms that makes the partnership a cohesive unit and often there is an obligation of funds attached to certain terms in the agreement. A tenancy MOA is an agreement between the parties and they may require consent to let from the current freeholders.--
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