Waco Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Waco, 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". 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 Waco.

Non-compete clauses are also limited in that they can only apply to competitors who are reasonably related to the industry of the employer. 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?

You may want to hire a Waco, Texas 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. An attorney can also give valuable advice when it comes to suing employees for breaching covenants, or counseling employees who have signed one about whether they can accept a different job.

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Life in Waco

Waco is home to approximately 234,906 people. Located in McLennan County, Texas, Waco lies near the Brazos River and is between Dallas and Austin.

Being near two of Texas's largest cities, Waco residents have available to them the large legal force in Dallas and Austin. Many small, mid-size, and large law firms are located near Waco and train attorneys in all areas of practice.

Alongside the legal industry, top employers include Baylor University, L-3 Communications, Wal-Mart, Sanderson Farms, Inc., the school districts, and Hillcrest Health System.

Downtown Waco is a fun area filled with great shopping and dining. Also, Downtown Waco is were Dr. Pepper was invented! The famous Dr. Pepper Museum is therefore located in Downtown. Other popular attractions include the west banks of the Brazos River, Baylor University, and the Cameron Park Zoo.

All in all, Waco is a great place filled with friendly residents, history, and comfortable living.

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