Winchester Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Winchester, VA

A covenant not to compete generally implies that a Virginia employee makes an agreement not to work for any of their employer's competitors should they leave the company for any reason. These covenants are typically called "non-compete clauses". Employees who sign them can either receive compensation or simply be required to agree as a condition for their employment.

When are Covenants not to Compete Unenforceable?

It is difficult to foresee whether a judge will enforce a given non-compete agreement. While employer's interest are important, the courts of Virginia 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. Those agreements that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Winchester that are unreasonably large.

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?

A Winchester, Virginia lawyer can help you review the covenant before you sign any documents that might limit your rights. The lawyer can help you in negotiating modifications or if needed, they can possibly draft a new agreement which will be 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 Winchester

The beautiful Winchester, Virginia is located in the northwestern portion of the state and home to just over 26,000 residents. The city of Winchester is part of Frederick County.

Winchester is a city that played a pivotal role in the French and Indian War and the Civil War, and the Revolutionary War. Not surprisingly, the city has many historical monuments remembering those wars. During the Civil War, Winchester was one of the key strategic positions for the Confederate Army.

In addition to war relics, Winchester is also home to the annual Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festivals, which attracts over 250,000 visitors a year. Education is also important in Winchester, which is home to Shenandoah University.

The professional community in Winchester is also thriving. Winchester lawyers are some of the best in the business and are skilled in a range of legal practices. Winchester lawyers are always available to help their neighbor!

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