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Why an Attorney Should Review Your Severance Agreement

Posted by Sarah-Kathryn Bryan | Apr 05, 2024 | 0 Comments

First and Foremost, an Attorney Has Legal Expertise

Your employer had an attorney review the severance agreement. Why shouldn't you? Severance agreements are legally binding contracts that outline the terms and conditions of an employee's departure from a company. They often contain complex legal language and provisions that can be difficult to understand for non-legal professionals. By consulting an attorney, you can ensure that you fully comprehend the agreement and its implications.

An Experienced Employment Attorney Can Help Protect Your Rights

A severance agreement typically includes various provisions that may impact your rights and future opportunities. An attorney can review the agreement to ensure that your rights are protected and that you are not waiving any important legal claims or entitlements, such as discrimination or wrongful termination claims.

Working with a Respected Legal Professional Enhances Your Negotiation Power

An attorney can help you navigate the negotiation process and advocate for your best interests. Caitlin Shortell, owner of Shortell Law LLC, has a reputation for credibility, professionalism, and two decades' experience as a litigator in Alaska.  They can assess the fairness of the terms offered in the severance agreement and advise you on potential areas for negotiation or improvement. With their expertise, you can potentially secure more favorable terms, such as additional compensation, extended healthcare benefits, or non-compete clause modifications.

Severance Agreements Should Comply with Alaska Law

Employment laws and regulations vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. An attorney familiar with employment law can ensure that the severance agreement complies with all applicable laws, including federal, state, and local regulations. This can help prevent any legal issues or complications in the future.

An Alaska Attorney Should Review Any Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Covenants

Many severance agreements include confidentiality and non-disclosure clauses that restrict employees from discussing certain aspects of their employment or departure. An attorney can review these clauses to make sure they are reasonable and do not unduly restrict your ability to communicate or protect your rights.

The Counsel of a Knowledgeable Attorney Can Grant You Peace of Mind

Going through a job separation can be a stressful and emotional experience. Having an attorney review your severance agreement provides peace of mind, knowing that you have professional guidance and support throughout the process. They can answer your questions, address concerns, and help you make informed decisions.

Call Shortell Law LLC Today

Reviewing a severance agreement with an attorney is crucial to protect your rights, ensure legal compliance, and achieve the most favorable outcome possible. An attorney can provide the necessary expertise, guidance, and negotiation power to help you navigate the complexities of the agreement and secure a fair and beneficial outcome. To have an experienced employment attorney review your severance agreement, call 907-272-8181 today.

About the Author

Sarah-Kathryn Bryan

Sarah Kathryn Bryan is an associate attorney at Shortell Law LLC. Ms. Bryan handles cases in family law, business, employment, estate planning and general civil litigation.


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