Sugar Land Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Sugar Land, 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". 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. While employer's interest are important, the courts of Texas also put a high level of importance on a person's ability to pursue their desired employment opportunities. Consequently, a court will generally only uphold non-compete clauses which under the circumstances are considered 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 Sugar Land.

Covenants not to compete are also required to deal only with competitors who are reasonably related to the employer's line of industry. Finally, the employer needs to have an acceptable business purpose 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 might want to hire a Sugar Land, Texas attorney to review the contract. A lawyer can then negotiate to modify the covenant as needed, or might even draft a new one that is acceptable to both parties Employers can receive useful advice from an attorney should they decide to sue a worker for breaching a covenant, and employees who have signed such covenants can also benefit from a lawyer's counseling.

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Life in Sugar Land

Sugar Land is an affluent suburb located in Fort Bend County, Texas. The U.S. Census Bureau, in 2011, has estimated the population to be 84,511 people. When the area is described as affluent, this is no joke. The median family income is ,261!

The history of Sugar Land is rooted in the sugar plantation industry--hence the name. It is the headquarters of Imperial Sugar.

CNN Money ranked the area third on its list of "100 Best Cities to Live in the United States." Also, it was voted as the "Fittest City in Texas" in 2007. Not only do residents work hard for their money, but also to stay in shape.

Some great attractions to check out is Sugar Land Town Square, First Colony Mall, and the Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center.

Major employers include Western Airways and Nalco Energy Services, Imperial Sugar, Schlumberger, Minute Maid, and BMC Software. Sugar Land is also home to well-experienced attorneys, law offices, and well-established small to mid size firms. Therefore, residents and local businesses do not have to travel far to receive legal guidance in any and every area of law.

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