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Non-Compete Agreements

Fort Bend County Non-Compete Agreement Lawyer

What is a Non-Compete Agreement in Texas?

Most often, non-compete agreements are designed to prevent an employee from leaving their job and competing with their former employer for clients or business. A Texas non-compete, or non-competition agreement, is intended to limit the place and nature of work an employee can do. The contract should not impose a more remarkable restraint on trade than is necessary to protect legitimate business interests. And it must be part of an otherwise enforceable employment agreement.

While Texas wants to encourage businesses and promote healthy business competition, it also allows employers to require employees to sign non-compete agreements that protect their business interests. In a non-compete, the employee or seller of the business agrees not to engage in competing business for a specific period and in a particular geographical area.

Are you looking to draft a non-compete in Texas? Call Law Office of Shane McClelland today at (713) 242-1302 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our non-compete agreement attorney in Katy! 

Ensuring Fair & Legal Agreements for Both Employers & Employees

There is a lot at stake for employers and employees when entering into non-compete agreements. Texas law requires that non-compete agreements be reasonable and ancillary to another agreement. Otherwise, the court may reform the agreement to bring it into compliance with the law.

Because each situation is unique, you should consult with a non-compete agreement lawyer in Katy for advice regarding your contract. The Law Office of Shane McClelland can evaluate your agreement and advise you of the legal options in your best interest.

What Does Ancillary to Another Agreement Mean?

When a non-compete agreement is established, it must be part of another enforceable agreement. For example, a common agreement included with a non-compete is a confidentiality agreement or non-solicitation agreement.

What is a Reasonable Non-Compete Agreement?

According to Texas Law, the terms of a non-compete agreement need to be reasonable. For example, this type of agreement may protect goodwill, confidential information, or trade secrets to prevent an employee from taking proprietary information to a competitor.

The agreement must contain reasonable limitations as to:

  • Time
  • Geography
  • Scope

This area of law is complex, and the law is continually changing, so it is essential to seek the advice of an experienced non-compete agreements attorney in Katy to understand how the law applies to your unique situation. At the Law Office of Shane McClelland, we have extensive knowledge of case law and the requirements for non-compete agreements. Shane McClelland can evaluate the specifics of your agreement to determine if it meets the standards set by Texas law.

Are Non-Solicitation Agreements Enforceable in Texas?

A non-solicitation agreement stops former employees from soliciting customers, clients, or employees from their previous employer. It is a contractual clause used by a company who wants to protect their trade secrets. It can be included in a non-compete agreement as a non-solicitation clause.

In Texas, a non-solicitation clause is enforceable but must adhere to statutory requirements. The trade secrets they are used to protect must be legitimate. They must also have a reasonable geographical area, duration of the clause, and scope of limitations for the clause.

Severance Agreements

If you were offered a severance agreement during a layoff, the Law Office of Shane McClelland can help you protect your rights. Severances can legally bind you in a manner that may make it difficult or impossible to continue your career by restricting your ability to seek employment elsewhere in your employer’s area of business.

Contact Our Non-Compete Agreement Attorney

Before you sign a severance or non-compete agreement, let attorney Shane McClelland review the terms of your agreements. He’ll help you identify areas of this contract where you may be foregoing the rights you wish to preserve. Reach out to us for help with your agreements today!

Contact the Law Office of Shane McClelland by calling (713) 242-1302 to schedule a FREE consultation with our non-compete lawyer!



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