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What Went Wrong Wednesdays: My Restrictive Covenant Was Too Restrictive

Welcome to “What Went Wrong Wednesdays,” a series in which we explore common problems of practice transitions – and offer tips to help you avoid them.

Many dental contracts include some version of a restrictive covenant, also called a non-compete clause. These clauses prohibit an employee from practicing within a specific geographical area (typically a defined radius) for a certain period of time after leaving a practice. These covenants generally also have a non-solicitation clause that will bar an associate from directly soliciting the employer’s patients or other employees.

This clause helps protect an owner dentist from competition – but it can also limit an associate’s career movement.

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Topics: incoming dentist, retiring, owner, associateship, purchase a practice, what went wrong

What Went Wrong: 3 Contract Issues that Got Expensive

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Written contracts protect both sides from misunderstandings and can put your relationship on equal ground. No matter whether you are joining a practice as an associate, intending to pursue a sale/purchase, or hiring someone, a contract helps you start your relationship on the right foot.

This week, we will examine three scenarios where contract misunderstandings turned into more serious problems. The ADA offers an eBook, Dentist Employment Agreements: A Guide to Key Legal Provisions, that includes a wealth of details and sample contract language. 

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Topics: incoming dentist, retiring, owner, associateship, purchase a practice, what went wrong

Don’t Settle: Identify the Ideal Practice for You

There’s no such thing as a typical dental practice. They can range from homey rural offices to busy urban spaces, with everything in between.

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Topics: incoming dentist, associateship, purchase a practice

You Decide: Choose the Best Option for Your Career

Looking for your next dental job? Whether you have recently graduated from dental school or have a few years of experience, you have plenty of options.

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Topics: incoming dentist, associateship, purchase a practice

Your Information, Your Timing: How We Keep Things Confidential

We understand how important confidentiality can be as you go through a career transition. If you are a practice owner, you may not be ready to share this information with the rest of the dental community quite yet. Keep in mind that the transition can be smoother if time is taken to prepare and involve your staff before the sale. If you are looking to purchase or change positions, you may not be ready to inform your current employer of your plans. We understand these scenarios and will keep everything fully confidential until YOU decide it is time.

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Topics: confidentiality, incoming dentist, retiring, owner

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