When you bought your car, and signed a contract that said you would pay X$ a month or they would come take your car away, did you understand it was a binding contract?

Or what about the time you loaned your crazy cousin Joe $10,000 and had him sign a promissory note that he would pay it back, with interest in 3 years. Did you think that document was a binding contract?

Or what about the sales contract on your house that spelled out what was conveying with the property. Wasn’t that a contract?

So why in the HECK do all of the nice people of Virginia say to me “I signed an employment contract with a non-compete and non-solicitation provision, but didn’t realize those were binding or enforceable?”

No really.
I understand there are rumors about you having “a right to work” or a right to earn a living. But did it really never occur to you that the contract you signed, might actually be, well, a binding contract?

Ok. enough venting. I know there are many of you who were told non-competes are not valid in Virginia…. but those folks were not telling the truth.

They are often valid. Often enforceable. And often lead to the court house steps.

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Lauren Ellerman
Lauren Ellerman

In 2011, Lauren Ellerman was named "Young Lawyer of the Year" by the Roanoke Bar Association for her work in the community. To speak with Lauren about your personal injury case, contact her at lellerman@frithlawfirm.com.