As a New York Employment Lawyer, I have worked with many professionals both accountants and attorneys who have come to us after starting their own practices. In certain of those situations these individuals have signed agreements with their old firms with which they agree that if a former client comes with this individual to that new firm, the individual will pay fees collected in the new firm for a period of time to the old firm. The question arises, can this accountant, or this attorney be forced to pay those fees and can the old firm stop these clients from coming to the new firm? As a New York Employment Lawyer I will also look at the agreement to see what exactly the terms are, but typically no one can stop a client from going where he or she wants to go. In such situations we try to work with the client to negotiate a resolution that falls short of litigation. If litigation is needed involving these issues, we work hard and diligently to resolve this as fast as possible.
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