Harlingen Non-Compete Agreement

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

In Texas, a covenant not to compete usually 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?

It is difficult to discern whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. Even if the employee's interests may be important Texas courts will certainly assign great weight to a person's freedom to choose the type of employment that is suitable for them. Accordingly, only those covenants which are deemed to be reasonable will be upheld by the court. Covenants not to compete that a court will categorize as unreasonable include provisions that last for a long duration or that restrict the employee to an unreasonable geographic area around Harlingen.

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?

Before you sign any provisions that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Harlingen, Texas attorney who can review the covenant. The attorney can negotiate modifications to the contract if they are needed, and can draft a new clause which is acceptable to the parties involved. 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 Harlingen

Harlingen is city in Cameron County, Texas, located some 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico coastline. It has a population of about 65,000 people and is the second largest city in the county. Much of the city's initial development is due to the presence of Harlingen Air Force Base, which closed in the 1960's.

Harlingen is known for being a hot spot for many sports activities and facilities. The city is home to the Rio Grande Valley White Wings, a minor league baseball team. The Valley Race Park racetrack is an indoor facility where residents can watch greyhound races.

Other popular attractions in Harlingen include the World Birding Center and the Harlingen Art Forum. Harlingen is also an ideal city for those who appreciate the fine arts. The Rio Grande Valley Art League and the Rio Grande Valley Civic Association are involved in promoting several art-themed events. The Rio Grande International Music Festival is held yearly in Harlingen.

Lawyers in Harlingen, Texas reflect the city's commitment to fostering a volunteer spirit. Many Harlingen lawyers are participants in the city's numerous community service organizations. The city is served by the Harlingen Municipal Court.

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