Monthly Archives: March 2014

Mar 2014

What You Need to Know about Online Legal Services

Technology has transformed the way people communicate and do business. Every day, companies across the country exchange documents and information online. The world has become a faster, more productive place. Although the legal industry is still playing catch-up when it comes to using the Internet to conduct business, the emergence of online legal document preparation websites is a clear indication that the law is becoming more accessible. What most people do not realize, however, is that commercial legal document preparation sites are quite limited in scope and function. More importantly, they are not a substitute for advice from a real attorney licensed to practice law in the state where you live. So how do you bridge the gap between fast, affordable legal documents and the services offered by a real attorney in your town? Fortunately, that bridge...
Mar 2014

Employee Non-Compete Agreements in Missouri

Employee Non-Compete Agreements

Run a business long enough and you are bound to encounter a situation in which a high-level employee leaves your company to go work for the competition. When employees have access to sensitive information, such as customer lists or company trade secrets, employers understandably want to curb these individuals' ability to spread that information around to competing businesses. To prevent former employees from misusing sensitive data, many employers turn to non-compete agreements. Non-compete provisions in employment contracts are formally known as a type of "restrictive covenant." Although they are legally permissible, employers must be careful to respect a former employee's right to earn a living when drafting non-compete agreements.

Non-Compete Agreements in Missouri

Non-compete and non-solicitation provisions in employment contracts are enforceable in Missouri as long as they are "reasonable." More specifically, they must strike...