Business Contracts

Dallas Contract Lawyer

Contract Review and Drafting

Our Dallas contract lawyer has the legal experience and business knowledge to assist with all of your contract needs. We routinely review and draft the following business contracts:

Independent Contractor Agreements

When you hire a worker, the worker can be an employee or an independent contractor. The label you place on the laborer (contractor, employee, agent…etc.) is not controlling. The Texas Workforce Commission has released the following guidance related employees and contractors.

Independent contractors can be individuals or entities. Our Dallas contract lawyer can prepare, negotiate or simply review your independent contractor agreement.

If you are a contractor or contract laborer, you may want to consider forming a business entity to limit your liability.

Non-Competion Agreements

Businesses or employers often request that their employees sign a non-competition agreement limiting the ability for the employee to compete against the hiring business.

Non-competition agreements are also used when a business is sold to insure that the seller doesn’t compete with the purchaser.
If not drafted properly, a non-competition agreement can be set aside by a reviewing court. As such, you should consider hiring a business or contract attorney to prepare and/or review the non-competition agreement.

Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) | Confidentiality Agreements

An NDA or Confidentiality Agreement is an agreement in which one party (usually referred to as the "Recipient") agrees to maintain certain information that it receives from another party confidential. This type of agreement may be useful in a variety of circumstances.

Employment Agreements

Texas is an "employment at will" state and employment contracts are typically required in Texas. We typically draft employment agreements for officers of a corporation/LLC.

Employee vs Contractor

"Contract labor" may be the most widely used misnomer in business today. The issue is really whether a given worker is an employee or an independent contractor. Although there is no bright line rule, Texas law creates a presumption of employment and places the burden for proving otherwise on the employer.

In basic terms, an employee is someone whom an employer exercises direction or control and for whom there is extensive wage reporting and tax responsibility. An independent contractor is self-employed, bears responsibility for his or her own taxes and expenses, and is not subject to an employer's direction and control. The distinction depends upon much more than what the parties call themselves.