Shoreline Non-Compete Agreement

Find the right Non-Compete Agreement attorney in Shoreline, WA

A covenant not to compete typically 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 typically 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. 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 Shoreline.

Covenants must also be limited to restricting dealings with those competitors that are reasonably related to the employer's industry. 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?

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

Shoreline is located in King County, Washington. Specifically it is north of Downtown Seattle. Per the 2010 census, Shoreline is home to 53,007 people.

Popular sites include Hamlin Park, Kruckeberg Botanic Garden, Shoreline Historical Museum, Shoreline Stadium, Shoreview Park, and Granite Curling Club. Other popular landmarks include the William E. Boeing House and the Ronald Grade School, which is now the Shoreline Historical Museum.

Top employers include the school district and health care system. Although the legal industry is not included in this list, many law offices employ excellent attorneys and legal support staff to help Shoreline's economy and tend to the legal needs of residents.

Overall, Shoreline is a wonderful place to visit. It is also a wonderful place to call home because it offers a community-like feel and small-town humbleness!

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