Business Law is Like Pokemon Go!

Business law attorneys and Pokemon Go! players walk a common path. They carefully follow a map while looking for the tiniest thing, a thing that could win the game if found or a thing that could cause you to fall off a cliff and you lose. In business law, reviewing a contract may seem like a pretty mundane task and it can be just like seeing your 100th zumbat pokemon in a week. But catching ONE word can save my client from falling off a cliff. Yes, one little word is like one little step and it can destroy you. Take the following real-life example:

Employee J.B. hereby agrees to be bound by this covenant not to compete in that he will not engage in a similar business as his employer, to wit, engaging in the manufacture and/or sale of widgets for the period of two (2) years from the date of the signing of this Agreement. Said covenant not to compete shall only include the State of Georgia where Employer does business.

Employee J.B. hereby agrees to be bound by this covenant not to compete in that he will engage in a similar business as his employer, to wit, engaging in the manufacture and/or sale of widgets for the period of two (2) years from the date of the signing of this Agreement. Said covenant not to compete shall only include the State of Georgia where Employer does business.

Catch it? Like I said, this is a real world example and it was buried in a 10 page contract. See it yet? The other lawyer took the word “not” out of the second line. Changes the whole thing, doesn’t it? That’s why you get an attorney for your business needs! You don’t want to miss Gastly Pokemon and ruin your chances of winning the game!

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