Arlington Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Arlington, TX

In Texas, a covenant not to compete generally 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. Even though the interests of an employer are important, Texas 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 excessively long period of time or if they cover an unreasonably large geographic area around Arlington.

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 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?

Before signing anything that may restrict your rights, you may want to hire a Arlington, Texas attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or may even draft a new one that is 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 Arlington

You'd have to agree with TV show "King of the Hill" when they assert that Arlington, Texas may be heaven. Arlington boomed in Post World War II era nearly doubling its size in one year. The suburbs of downtown Arlington grew so quickly it became known as one of America's Bloomburbs. Today the population is well over 400,000 Arlington residents who enjoy the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys as hometown teams. Arlington also hosted the 2010 NBA All-Star Game. In addition to professional sports, the local colleges and universities in Arlington offer entertainment and tourist attractions. The University of Texas at Arlington, Tarrant County College, and Arlington Baptist College all operate campuses in Arlington. Six Flags Over Texas is a nationwide attraction for theme park enthusiasts. It's the original Six Flags Theme Park and was also the first park to offer a mine train coaster, log flume splash ride, and the first free fall (cliff hanger) ride. Six Flags Over Texas has some of the most extreme rides around too. The Titan rollercoaster is the tallest and fastest amusement rides in the state of Texas at 245 feet high and with an 85 mph top speed. Spring Break Out, the Best of Texas Festival, and Fright Fest are a few of Arlington's annual festivals with parades.

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