Smyrna Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Smyrna, TN

In Tennessee, a covenant not to compete typically requires that, upon leaving the company, an employee agrees not to be employed by their employer's competitors. A covenant not to compete may also be called a "non-compete clause". An employee who signs them either does so as a condition to employment or they may receive compensation for the agreement.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

Whether a given judge will enforce a non-compete agreement is difficult to know in advance. Although the interests of employers are important, courts in Tennessee 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 Smyrna.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is rationally related to the previous employer's. Lastly, there must be a legitimate business interest which motivates the employer's mandating a covenant not to compete.

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

You may want to hire a Smyrna, Tennessee lawyer to review the covenant before signing any agreements 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 give 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 Smyrna

Smyrna, Tennessee is a town with a population of close to 40,000 residents. Smyrna is comprised of 23 square miles, and originally began as an agrarian community. The Smyrna airport, makes it easy for travelers to fly directly into the city.

Smyrna is best known for its role in the Civil War. The city, with it's strategic location between two major posts (Nashville and Chattnooga) saw a lot of action. The 160-acre Sam Davis plantation is located in Smyrna, and commemorates the death of the Confederate hero in Smyrna. There is still a military presence in Smyrna today, with the Stewart Air Force Base, and the Tennessee National Guard both located in Smyrna.

In addition to a military presence, Smyrna also has a Nissan Motors plant within the city, a popular place for many residents to work.

Located in Rutherford County, Smyrna lawyers serve their city and the surrounding areas, helping their client with a range of legal issues. Smyrna lawyers are skilled in a range of specialties and available to help their neighbor today!

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