Is a career move on your resolutions list for 2017?
Here are the top 3 reasons why you should get legal advice before you accept an employment offer:
- You will understand what you are signing. Even if the contract is truly non-negotiable (I will get to this later), it is so important to read and fully understand what you are signing. The general rule is that you are stuck with what you have signed, and a judge will not accept "I didn't read it" or "I didn't understand it." I can help translate the "legalese" to eliminate nasty surprises down the road.
- You may be agreeing to limitations that last longer than the job. Many contracts include obligations that last well beyond termination of employment. These can include significant restrictions on your ability to work for competitors, or to solicit customers. Depending on the wording, these restrictions may or may not be legally enforceable, and it is best to get advice on this BEFORE you agree to them.
- You may be able to negotiate a better package. Very few employees make any attempt to negotiate employment offers. In my experience, a reasonable counter-offer, presented respectfully, can get results. I can help by objectively assessing your negotiating position, developing a negotiating strategy and script, and coaching you through the negotiation. Any increase you can get in your package will have compounding results, year after year of employment, and makes for great return on investment for your legal costs.
I am looking forward to helping my employee clients reach their career and financial goals in 2017 by reviewing and negotiating employment offers.
This blog is not intended to serve as legal advice, and only provides general information. Every situation must be considered on its own facts.
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