At the office of Gould and Berg in White Plains, NY, we have worked with many professionals, both accountants and attorneys. They have come to us after starting their own practices. In certain situations these individuals have signed agreements with their old firms, in which they agree that if a client of the former employer comes with this individual to a new firm. That the individual will pay a certain amount of the fees collected in the new firm for a period of time to the old firm. The question arises if this attorney can be forced to pay those fees, and if the old firm can stop these clients from coming to the new firm. We also look at the agreement to see what exactly the terms are. Typically, no one can stop a client from going to where they want to go but having the representation or the accounting work done where they want to. There have been many circumstances where provisions require a payment of fees to the old firm. In such situations, we try to work with the client to negotiate a resolution that falls short of litigation. However, there has been litigation involving these issues, and we work hard and diligently to resolve this as fast as possible.
Are you having trouble with switching your old client to your new business? Contact our experienced White Plains Employment Lawyer for advice.
This informational blog post was provided by Jane Gould, an experienced White Plains, New York Employment Attorney.