Bringing in an associate: Protecting yourself and your dental practice

Bringing on an associate to your dental practice is a huge decision. Protecting the owner/dentist during this time is very important. Making sure the associate is in the best position possible is also important. Here are some ideas to get started on the best foot.

Unintended consequences
Dr. Smith decided it was time to add a new associate to his practice. Not wanting to “waste money on an attorney,” Dr. Smith got a copy of someone else’s associate agreement from a dentist-focused web forum and modified it himself. Worried about the risk that his bright new associate might leave him, he decided to “strengthen” the non-compete clause by increasing the geographic area and duration of the non-compete. Feeling better, he had the associate sign the modified agreement, then they both got to work.

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