Severance Agreements

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Severance Agreements / Employment Contracts

Sometimes you just need a little legal lift, not an entire litigation strategy (and budget) or law firm on permanent retainer. Employment agreements, severance agreements and the like are a good example. If you’re signing your name, chances are, it’s a contract. Do you know what you’re agreeing to?

The Law Offices of Matthew G. English offers contract review services, including review and analysis of severance agreements, and we can typically offer a flat rate fee for this service. Contact us for more information about your particulars and we can provide you a quote.

If you’ve recently been laid off, fired or separated, and you’ve been offered some kind of severance package, how do you know whether to accept it or not? You may have some questions.

  1. Is it a good deal? Is it a bad deal?
  2. What am I giving up if I sign it?
  3. Am I giving up any rights if I sign it?
  4. What the heck is a 1542 waiver?
  5. This severance agreement includes a non-compete clause. Can they do that?
  6. What’s a non-disparagement clause?
  7. What are liquidated damages?

Answer key: 1. Maybe (but probably not) / Probably (but maybe not); 2. Something (bet on it); 3. Yes; 4. It’s a little complicated but easy enough to understand once explained; 5. No (okay, probably not); 6. Be nice (Well there’s a little more to it than that. Call us and we can better explain. (Still, that’s basically it); 7. Ugh. Seriously? Call us.)


We can help you cut through the jargon and legalese in your employment or severance agreement, so you can understand what’s really going on. Know before you sign. Our flat fee typically includes a free case analysis to help you identify possible claims you may have. This can be useful information, since you’re being asked to give up your right to pursue any claims, if/when you sign the agreement. Call our offices today.