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Should I have my Employment Contract Reviewed by a Lawyer?

August 22, 2016
Category: General
Tags: contracts

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If you are on the hunt for a new job, or have been presented with an offer and contract, it would be wise to consider whether or not you need to have your contract reviewed by a lawyer. In some professions it is more prudent than others to have your contract reviewed, however in most cases it is a wise decision. Contracts can have obvious errors and/or stipulations that are not agreeable to the potential employee, but can often have missing items that should be clearly specified in the contract. Here are some things a lawyer can help with, that you may not know to look for.

What is in the Contract

One obvious benefit of having a lawyer look over your employment contract is that they can see what things are clearly laid out in the contract. A lawyer can review things present in your contract and can point out to you what may or may not be fair or reasonable. Experienced lawyers have a thorough knowledge of what types of stipulations are reasonable, and what contractual details are outside of the norm. Having a lawyer look over your contract can also be beneficial if you are relatively new to your field, or if you have had only a handful of jobs in the past.

What isn’t in the Contract

Another major benefit of having a lawyer review your employment contract is that they are knowledgeable enough to see what is missing from the contract. Gaping holes in the contract may not be something you know to look for or notice, but could lead to major problems down the road. The more detail is clearly outlined in your contract the better, and prevents loopholes and unforeseen issues in the future. Experienced lawyers know what things are commonly excluded from contracts, and what things will need to be added and addressed before signing.

What They Can Do For You

A good lawyer will not only point out to you any issues with your contract, but will also prepare you to come back with any counters to the employer’s offer. They can help you understand exactly what issues there are with the contract, and inform you of what things need to be added/removed. A lawyer can also help you determine what issues are worth negotiating for, and what issues are normal and standard practice.

At DRA-elaw, our skilled team of professionals can help you navigate your employment contract or proposed contract so that you can make the most informed decision possible. Meeting with a lawyer can give you the confidence you need to turn down a contract that is not fair, or to counter the employer with changes you’d like to see made to the contract. Changing jobs is a huge decision, and you want to make sure you know as much as possible about any potential risks before taking the leap. Our team of lawyers can review your contract and point out any issues we see, and help you determine if it is an offer worth taking.

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