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In your agreement you could state something like:
"Upon payment in full the copyright to all works commissioned in this agreement will reside with [insert your name/business here]."
[edited by: Syzygy at 11:46 am (utc) on Oct. 23, 2007]
Also, if you hire some company instead of a single person, they will be more responsible and trust-able. An individual may not care much about the legal issues if he is from some country like India, Pakistan, South Asian or East European countries. Even the legal contract you have will not be able to scare them.
Contracting directly with an individual, or even a small firm, in a country where you don't reside and where it would be expensive or perhaps impossible to enforce your agreement carries the risk that you can get taken advantage of with impunity, contract language notwithstanding.
Do get it in writing, and have it signed. If you are not there in person with them, you should require them to have a notary verify and also sign.
You need to use explicit and precise language about who owns the copyright of the content that the "ghost writer" creates. If you don't, it is fairly ambiguous, and you could lose the copyright to that content, regardless of whether or not they sell it to someone else. They are essentially an independent contractor just like any other, including software developers, and you need to have an agreement that enforces it accordingly.
Think of who owns the content, and what rights if any you want to give to the ghost writer, including whether they can use it as a writing sample, etc.