Tyler Non-Compete Agreement

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

In Texas, 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". Compensation may be paid for employees who sign the covenant, or at times the employment may 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 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. 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 Tyler.

Covenants must also be limited to restricting dealings with those competitors that are rationally related to the employer's industry. Finally, the covenant not to compete must have a legitimate business purpose which is behind the employer's motivation for requiring the agreement.

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

Before you sign any agreements that could restrict your rights, you may consider hiring a Tyler, 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. 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 Tyler

Tyler is located in Smith County, Texas. Its nickname is the "Rose Capital of the Nation" because the city has so many rose bushes everywhere! It is also home to America's largest rose garden. The city also annually hosts the Texas Rose Festival, an event that celebrates rose-growing industries. There is also a Rose Museum that is a popular tourist attraction.

Top employers include Trinity Mother Frances Health System, Brookshire Grocery Company, Trane Company, Carrier Corporation, Suddenlink, Tyler Junior College, The University of Texas at Tyler and East Texas Medical Center. Tyler is also home to many attorneys who have established law offices. Thus, the legal needs of residents and businesses will always be met

All in all, Tyler is a quaint city that offers small-town charm and a lovely hospitable, community-like feel.

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