Dearborn Heights Non-Compete Agreement

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In general, covenants not to compete involve an employee in the state of Michigan 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?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is typically difficult. Although the interests of employers are significant, courts in Michigan 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. Those agreements that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Dearborn Heights that are unreasonably large.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is reasonably related to the previous employer's. 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?

Before you sign any agreements that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Dearborn Heights, Michigan attorney who can review the covenant. The attorney can negotiate modifications to the contract if they are needed, and can draft a new clause which is acceptable to the parties involved. An attorney can also give valuable advice when it comes to suing employees for breaching covenants, or counseling employees who have signed one regarding whether they can accept a different job.

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Life in Dearborn Heights

Dearborn Heights is in Wayne County, which is in the Detroit metropolitan area. The city has a population of about 57,774 people.

Some history behind Dearborn Heights is that it formed from the two sections of the Dearborn Township and a small part of the village of Inkster. It was incorporated on March 4, 1960. Surrounding areas include the Ecorse River and the Rouge River.

The city is home to attorneys who practice law in many areas of practice. These attorneys work in small law offices and law firms. They focus on providing personalized legal services to residents and local businesses.

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