Lakewood Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Lakewood, OH

Generally speaking, in Ohio, a covenant not to compete means that the employee will agree not to work for any of their employer's competitors when leaving the company. Such agreements are also known by the term "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?

Whether a given judge will enforce a non-compete agreement is difficult to discern in advance. Even though the interests of an employer are significant, Ohio 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 Lakewood.

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 must have a legitimate 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?

You might want to hire a Lakewood, Ohio lawyer to review the covenant before signing any provisions that may limit or restrict your rights. The lawyer will then be able to negotiate any modifications to the contract as needed, or they can even draft a new one should it be required by one or both parties. When it comes to suing an employee for breach of a non-compete clause, an attorney can provide valuable advice. They will also be able to counsel employees who need advice for a covenant they have signed.

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Life in Lakewood

Lakewood is in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. It is considered a part of Cleveland. It is the third largest city in the county, along with Cleveland and Parma.

Some great places to check out in Lakewood include Lakewood Park, The Rocky River Reservation, The Beck Center for the Arts, and Malley's Chocolates. A really popular restaurant that both locals and visitors love is Aladdin's Eatery,

Lakewood is home to many attorneys who either practice locally, or in Cleveland. These attorneys have excellent training, work in great firms, and can handle the legal needs of residents and businesses.

Famous residents, both past and present, include Matt Dunigan, Teri Garr, Moe Mantha, Jr., Brad Friedel, Sean Patrick O'Malley, Alex Boone, Dick Feagler, and Gary Lewis.

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