Elgin Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Elgin, IL

Usually, a covenant not to compete is when a Illinois 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". Compensation may be paid for employees who sign the covenant, or at times the employment may be conditioned upon such an agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is usually difficult. Although the interests of employers are important, courts in Illinois also give priority to an employee's freedom to choose the type of employment that they desire. As a result, courts usually uphold only those covenants that are consider to be reasonable according to the circumstances. A court will typically hold non-compete clauses to be unreasonable if they involve unusually long periods of time or if they cover a geographic region surrounding Elgin that is excessively large.

Covenants must also be limited to restricting dealings with those competitors that are rationally related to the employer?s industry. Finally, the covenant not to compete must have a legitimate business purpose which is behind the employer's motivation for requiring the agreement.

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

Since covenants could restrict your rights, you may wish to hire a Elgin, Illinois lawyer to review any provisions. 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. A lawyer can also render useful advice for employers who are considering suing an employee for breach of covenant, or they can counsel employees who have signed such an agreement.

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Life in Elgin

Elgin is located in the northern part of Illinois, northwest of Chicago and along the Fox River. The city is home to about a little over 108.000 people.

Elgin is known for its architecture. It has many landmarks inspired by the Victorian era. These landmarks include the Elgin Public Museum, which is the oldest building in Illinois.

Other popular attractions include the Elgin Symphony Orchestra, the Elgin Choral Union, the Cook County Forest Preserves, the Bluff Spring Fen, Northwest Tollway, and Trout Park.

Elgin also is home to many attorneys who practice law with enthusiasm and devotion to excellence. Therefore, Elgin residents have no reason to worry because their legal needs can be easily taken care of.

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