Mount Vernon Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Mount Vernon, WA

A covenant not to compete generally implies that a Washington 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?

Foreseeing whether or not a judge will uphold a covenant not to compete is generally difficult. Although the interests of employers are significant, courts in Washington also give importance to an employee's freedom to choose the type of employment that they desire. As a result, courts usually uphold only those covenants that are consider to be reasonable according to the circumstances. Those agreements that courts have seen to be unreasonable include those that last for an prolonged period of time or cover geographic areas around Mount Vernon that are unreasonably large.

The agreements must also deal only with those competitors whose line of employment is reasonably related to the previous employer's. Lastly, an employer is required to have a legitimate business reason in its motivation for imposing a covenant not to compete on an employee.

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

A Mount Vernon, Washington 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. When it comes to suing an employee for breach of a non-compete clause, an attorney can provide 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 Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon, Washington is located on the Skasgit River and houses a population of just under 26,000. Although creating a beautiful backdrop, the River has also caused some flooding issues for Mount Vernon in recent times-- a problem the city now has under control.

Because of its strategic location near Pudget Sound and other desirable attributes, Mount Vernon was rated the Best Small City in America. Mount Vernon owes much of its growth to the early mining, farming, and logging communities that developed near the city.

Mount Vernon is also home to a thriving professional community with doctors, lawyers, and accountants available to serve the Mount Vernon's population needs. Mount Vernon lawyers specialize in family law, contract, law, employment issues, wills and trusts to name a few and are some of the best in the business. Whether staying or just visiting, there are so many aspects of Mount Vernon that make this city lovely.

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