Liberty Non-Compete Agreement

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In general, covenants not to compete involve an employee in the state of Missouri who agrees not to work for competitors of their employer when they leave the company. Such covenants are often called "non-compete" clauses". Compensation might be paid for employees who sign the covenant, or at times the employment might 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. Even though the interests of an employer are significant, Missouri 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 Liberty.

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. Finally, the employer needs to have an acceptable business purpose which justifies their motives in requiring their employee to sign a covenant not to compete.

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

Before signing anything that may restrict your rights, you might want to hire a Liberty, Missouri attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or might even draft a new one that is acceptable to both parties A lawyer can also render useful advice for employers who are contemplating suing an employee for breach of covenant, or they can counsel employees who have signed such an agreement.

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Life in Liberty

Liberty, Missouri is a city in Clay County, and is a suburb of Kansas City. It has a population of about 30,000 people.

Liberty, Missouri was first settled in 1822, and was made the county seat of Clay County shortly thereafter. In 1830, a lawyer named David Rice Atchison opened a practice in Liberty, where he took it upon himself to defend the religious freedoms of Mormon settlers, who were an unpopular and persecuted group at the time. During the Civil War, sympathies for the Confederacy were very prevalent in the area around Liberty, and this thwarted Missouri's plans to remain neutral in the conflict. Liberty, and other parts of Missouri, hosted several important battles of that war, so there are many historic landmarks in the area.

Modernly, Liberty is one of Kansas City's largest suburbs. Major corporations, such as Hallmark, have distribution centers in Liberty. It also hosts the headquarters of Ferrellgas, one of the nation's largest suppliers of Propane and Propane Accessories.

If you have a legal issue, chances are good that there's a lawyer in or around Liberty, Missouri who can handle it. Liberty, Missouri lawyers are competent and well-rounded, and should be able to help you.

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