Cary Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Cary, NC

Generally speaking, in North Carolina, a covenant not to compete means that the employee will agree not to work for any of their employer's competitors upon leaving the company. Such agreements are also known by the term "non-compete clauses". Employees who sign them may either receive compensation or simply be required to agree as a condition for their employment.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Knowing in advance whether a judge will enforce an employee's non-compete clause can be hard. Although the interests of employers are important, courts in North Carolina 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. Terms contained in a covenant not to compete will be struck down by a court as unreasonable if they bind the employee for an excessively long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Cary.

Limitations on non-compete clauses must also be restricted to cover only competitors who are related in a rational way to the employer's industry. Lastly, the employer needs to have an acceptable business interest 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?

A Cary, North Carolina lawyer can help you review the covenant before you sign any agreements that might limit your rights. The lawyer can assist you in negotiating modifications or if needed, they can possibly draft a new agreement which will be acceptable to both parties. An attorney can also give valuable advice when it comes to suing employees for breaching covenants, or counseling employees who have signed one about whether they can accept a different job.

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Life in Cary

Cary, North Carolina, is situated in Wake County and Chatham County. The city is the second largest in Wake County with a population of 143,000 people. It is an important suburb of the city of Raleigh and belongs to the region known as "the Triangle" area. Cary is also less than 20 minutes from major universities like University of North Carolina and Duke. Over two-thirds of Cary adult residents have college degrees.

The city of Cary, North Carolina is known as the "Technology Town of North Carolina" due to its proximity to Research Triangle Park. The Research Triangle hosts research and development facilities for over 150 high-tech organizations, and is the worksite for over 39,000 employees. Also, Cary's government has made considerable efforts at increasing the quality and availability of technology in the city.

In addition, Cary's government maintains an aesthetically pleasing and artistic feel to the city. Popular destinations include William B. Umstead State Park, the Page-Walker Hotel, and the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Many events and festivals are held in Cary, North Carolina, such as the Spring Daze Arts Crafts Festival and the NC Eid Festival.

Lawyers in Cary, North Carolina practice law in many different fields and cover a variety of legal matters. Experienced attorneys in Cary are familiar with the unique laws of the city. They provide legal advice, guidance, and representation in situations where the presence of an attorney is needed.

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