Manchester Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Manchester, NH

Generally speaking, in New Hampshire, 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". An employee who signs a covenant not to compete may receive compensation for the agreement, or in some cases the agreement is a condition for their being hired.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Knowing in advance whether a judge will enforce an employee's non-compete clause can be challenging. While the employer?s interests are important, New Hampshire courts place great importance on an individual?s freedom to pursue the employment they want. Accordingly, courts have only upheld those agreements that they consider reasonable under 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 Manchester.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are rationally related to the employer's line of industry. Lastly, the employer must have a valid business interest behind its motivation for mandating a covenant not to compete.

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

A Manchester, New Hampshire lawyer can help you review the covenant before you sign any provisions 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. A lawyer can also render useful advice for employers who are considering suing an employee for breach of covenant, or they can counsel employees who have signed such an agreement.

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Life in Manchester

Manchester, New Hampshire is the largest city in New Hampshire, and the largest city in Northern New England (an area comprising Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont). Its population is about 110,000 people.

In 2009, Manchester, New Hampshire was named by CNNMoney.com as one of the top 100 cities to live in, coming it at number 13. It was also voted by Kiplinger as the second most tax-friendly city in the country. It is also one of the most affordable cities in the country.

Because of these many attributes, many successful, middle-class professionals, such as lawyers, have moved to Manchester, New Hampshire to take advantage of the low cost of living, getting the most "bang for their buck."

If you need legal advice in Manchester, New Hampshire, you should consult with some Manchester, New Hampshire attorneys. Your Attorney in Manchester, New Hampshire will be able to advise you on how to best deal with your legal problem.

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