Palm Beach Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Palm Beach, FL

Typically, a covenant not to compete is when a Florida 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". Signing such an agreement can either be a condition for being employed, or the employee may receive additional compensation for doing so.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

It is difficult to know whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. While the employer?s interests are significant, Florida courts place great weight on an individual?s freedom to pursue the employment they want. Accordingly, courts have only upheld those agreements that they consider reasonable under the circumstances. Covenants not to compete that a court will categorize as unreasonable include agreements that last for a long duration or that restrict the employee to an unreasonable geographic area around Palm Beach.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is reasonably related to the previous employer's. Finally, the employer must have a legitimate business interest behind its motivation for mandating a covenant not to compete.

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

You might want to hire a Palm Beach, Florida lawyer to review the covenant before signing any provisions that may limit or restrict your rights. The lawyer will then be able to negotiate any modifications to the contract as needed, or they can even draft a new one should it be required by one or both parties. 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 Palm Beach

Palm Beach is a beautiful area located in Palm Beach County, Florida. It is surrounded by West Palm Beach and Lake Worth. It is a small city with a population around the mid 30,000s.

What is interesting is that the area started off as a resort founded by the oil mogul Henry Morrison Flagler. Later Edward R. Bradley bought this area and it was named Palm Beach.

Palm Beach today is a very beautiful area with a relatively affluent community. Some of the prominent industries include health care and tourism. Further, the area is filled with law firms that can handle any and every legal inquiry of residents and local corporations.

Some common tourist attractions include Four Arts Garden, Mar-A-Lago, the Flagler Museum, Pan's Garden, and some fine dining and shopping around Worth Avenue.

Some famous people who have called Palm Beach home include Mark Patton, James Patteron, Ivana Trump, Jimmy Buffett, Michael Jackson, and John Lennon.

All in all, Palm Beach is a small community that offers residents a wonderful quality of life!

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