Silver Spring Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Silver Spring, MD

In general, covenants not to compete involve an employee in the state of Maryland who agrees not to work for competitors of their employer when they leave the company. Such covenants are often called "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?

Whether a given judge will enforce a non-compete agreement is difficult to discern in advance. Although the interests of employers are significant, courts in Maryland also give importance 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 normally hold non-compete clauses to be unreasonable if they involve unusually long periods of time or if they cover a geographic region surrounding Silver Spring that is excessively large.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a reasonable way to the employer's industry. Lastly, the covenant not to compete must have a valid 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 Silver Spring, Maryland 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. Employers can receive useful advice from an attorney should they decide to sue a worker for breaching a covenant, and employees who have signed such covenants can also benefit from a lawyer's counseling.

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Life in Silver Spring

Silver Spring is located in Montgomery County, Maryland. It has a population of around 71,452 per the 2010 census. It is Maryland's fourth most populated city after Baltimore, Columbia, and Germantown.

Downtown Silver Spring is known as a major business hub. Many small businesses have located in downtown. These business include retail, services and the legal industry. Two of the largest employers include Choice Hotels and Discovery Communications. To support all the small businesses and local residents, many attorneys have established small firms and law offices to tend to any and every legal need.

Popular attractions include the American Film Institute Silver Theatre and Culture Center, the Silver Spring Jazz Festival, and the Gandhi Brigade media project.

All in all, Silver Spring is a loving town with both a business-savvy and community-like buzz!

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