Finding Work With A Noncompete Agreement
Your professional knowledge and the trust your clients and coworkers place in you are valuable. A poorly drafted or overly taxing noncompetition agreement (often called a noncompete agreement or restrictive covenant) can mean all your hard work becomes nearly impossible to use.
For many businesses, a noncompete agreement is a standard part of the hiring process and is included in your employment contract. Hiring a dedicated counsel to review your noncompete agreement can prevent unfair or unenforceable noncompete agreements and solve your problems when an existing agreement starts to cause problems.
Our founding lawyer, Mark T. Womack, is well-known and highly respected attorney practicing in the Houston area and beyond. He has been recognized as an AV Preeminent* lawyer and works with hundreds of area companies and employees. Let him provide the keen legal counsel you require.
What Makes A Good Noncompete Agreement?
Businesses employ noncompete agreements for many reasons. Regardless of why you may want one, enforceable agreements will all have a few elements in common. A high-quality noncompete agreement will:
- Be purposeful — It should articulate the reasons for the noncompete and why it will help the company achieve its business goals.
- Be specific — To create the most effective agreement possible, all parties involved need clear expectations. What types of information is the company trying to protect? Who and where are the competitors? What types of other work may employees reasonably seek after they leave the company?
- Create reasonable limits — One of the most common reasons noncompete agreements are deemed unenforceable is overreaching limits. How long should the agreement last? Is there a natural region or area that the agreement should apply to? These are questions that a lawyer can help answer.
When you can answer these questions, you can take ownership during the agreement drafting process. Attorney Mark T. Womack is able to guide you through your legal needs and help you analyze, review or dispute a noncompete agreement.
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