Beware of Free Non Compete Templates
Why Free is Not Always Free
If you are thinking about using non competition agreements in your business, you may have done a google search to learn more about them. If you did, you probably saw half a dozen or so ads for "free" non compete agreements.
The format is similar across most of these offerings. You input the information you want, including how long the restricted period is, the name of the employee, and other details. This will generate a form agreement that you may or may not be able to download and use without setting up an account and/or paying something for the document.
But that is not the biggest problem with these "free" templates. The real problem will cost you a lot more than the nominal charge you may have to pay to get a usable download of the agreement.
The real problem is that not a single one of the seven services we tested produced an agreement that was enforceable under Massachusetts law. This means any employer who relied on these templates to protect their trade secrets and goodwill will find themselves unprotected after their key employees leave.
What's Missing From the Free Templates
An agreement that will cost thousands of dollars in legal fees down the road and leave your business unprotected is never free.
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