How long is a non-compete contract good for?

I’m an independent contractor for a housekeeping referral agency. I signed a contract with them that basically says I won’t take their clients. I was told since there is no expiration date on the contract that it is only good for one year from date signed is this true?I’m looking for a way around the contract

Asked on April 21, 2014 under Business Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

What you describe is not is not a non-competition agreement: it is a "non-solicitation" agreement, in that you are agreeing to not solicit (approach; take; etc.) their clients. That sort of agreement stays in effect forever unless there is an expiration date written into it; that is because there is no inherent write to approach the clients your employer. You are still free to compete, but you must seek your own clients.

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