Should I have an attorney look over my employment contract?

by Elizabeth S. Loring, Lawyer Referral Service Panelist

Absolutely.  An employment contract is going to affect one of the most important parts of your life.  You will need to understand the provisions, which could include what constitutes termination for cause and not for cause – that is, the reasons the company would be allowed to fire or you will be allowed to resign.  Other concerns are whether notice provisions are adequate, possible severance and benefits continuation for a no-cause dismissal, and non-compete clauses, among others.  To make sure you’re getting the best possible deal and you know what to expect if the relationship terminates, it is essential to consult an attorney.

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