Hobart Non-Compete Agreement

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In general, covenants not to compete involve an employee in the state of Indiana who agrees not to work for competitors of their employer when they leave the company. Such covenants are often called "non-compete" clauses". Employees who sign them can either receive compensation or simply be required to agree as a condition for their employment.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is usually difficult. Even though the interests of an employer are significant, Indiana courts value a person's freedom to select the type of employment that they desire. Thus, courts will typically uphold only those covenants not to compete that they conclude to be reasonable. Terms contained in a covenant not to compete will be struck down by a court as unreasonable if they bind the employee for an unusually long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Hobart.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are reasonably related to the employer's line of 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 a Hobart, Indiana 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. 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 Hobart

If you're not from Hobart than you may like to know it's been dubbed "Ho-bert" by the 26,000 Lake County locals. The city covers 26.7 square miles of Indiana. Hobart is situated in the extreme northwest of the State of Indiana and is just a stone's throw from Lake Michigan. The city's close proximity to the lake makes it popular among residents and vacationers alike but also among professionals working in Chicago, Illinois. Hobart is 31 miles from downtown Chicago and provides a sanctuary for professionals seeking a suburban setting. It's also popular because the cost of living in Hobart and Indiana is much less than that of Chicago. Over half of the people living in Hobart reported they were married and the residents' median income is ,000 each year. A number of Hobart citizens are also lawyers by day. Hobart lawyers are experienced with local courts and different cases, they're well acquainted with many different areas of law.  

The city of Hobart offers a wide range of recreational opportunities. The two most popular outdoor attractions are Lake George and the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Lake George is a warmer and more low-key alternative to nearby Lake Michigan. Aside from fishing and bird watching, the lake also features live music and swimming areas.   

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