Avondale Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Avondale, AZ

Typically, a covenant not to compete is when an Arizona employee agrees not to work for an employer's competitors when the employee leaves the company. Covenants not to compete are also known as "non-compete clauses". An employee who signs a covenant not to compete can receive compensation for the agreement, or in some cases the agreement is a condition for their being hired.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Whether or not a judge will conclude that the covenant is enforceable can be challenging to know beforehand. While employer's interest are important, the courts of Arizona also put a high level of importance on a person's ability to pursue their desired employment opportunities. Consequently, a court will generally only uphold non-compete clauses which under the circumstances are considered to be reasonable. Some provisions that courts have considered to be unreasonable include terms that last for an unusually long period of time or that cover a geographic around Avondale that is unreasonably broad.

Covenants must also be limited to restricting dealings with those competitors that are reasonably related to the employer's industry. Finally, there must be a valid business interest which motivates the employer's mandating a covenant not to compete.

Do I Need an Attorney when Dealing with a Covenant not to Compete?

Since covenants could restrict your rights, you may wish to hire an Avondale, Arizona lawyer to review any agreements. They will be able to negotiate further changes to the covenant, and can draft an entirely new one that is acceptable to all parties if needed. Attorneys can provide valuable counseling to employers who are contemplating suing an employer who breached a covenant not to compete. They can also assist employees who have signed an agreement limiting their employment options.

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Life in Avondale

Avondale is very near Phoenix, Arizona, located in Maricopa County. It is very well noted for being home to the Phoenix International Raceway, a fun and famous auto-racing facility!

Being near Phoenix, Avondale residents have access to some very well-known law firms of all sizes. Phoenix is home to many large, mid-size, and small law firms that are home to many competent attorneys. Many of these attorneys have been educated at the top-tier University of Arizona Law School. Therefore, many lawyers working in Phoenix have a connection to Arizona and its residents. Avondale citizens can therefore enjoy personalized legal service from attorneys who care about their home.

Some famous residents of Avonda include Craig Mabbitt, Nick Harris, Clancy Pendergast, Raymond Shuey, and Everson Griffen.

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