Noory Bechor

LawGeex CEO Noory Bechor Interviewed by “Above the Law”

LawGeex CEO Noory Bechor was interviewed by the influential Above the Law blog.

Noory talks about leaving the stability and security of a good job with a big law firm to start something new — “catching the entrepreneurial bug.” He discusses his vision for LawGeex, where the idea for the company came from, and how it works. Check it out!


The Sneaky NDA Clause that Can Bite You in the Behind

Most NDAs are harmless. Despite all that scary-looking legalese, there’s nothing in there that’s likely to hurt you.

But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t read them carefully – because in rare cases an NDA will have a clause that can bite you in the butt.

For example, you might see something like this:

Receiving Party agrees not to engage in any employment, consulting, or other activity involving [scope of work] that competes with the business, proposed business, or business interests of Disclosing Party, and Receiving Party will not assist any other person or entity in doing so, without Disclosing Party’s prior written consent.

(The Disclosing Party is the party giving confidential information – maybe an employer or a potential business associate. The Receiving Party is the party getting the information – i.e., you.)

Here’s another version of the clause, as flagged by LawGeex:

NDA Review

With this clause, an otherwise-harmless NDA is transformed into a highly toxic non-compete agreement.

Rare but Deadly

Putting a non-compete clause into an NDA is unusual, as the LawGeex tool shows. Not everything that’s unusual is bad, but non-competes are problematic, since they limit a person’s ability to earn a living – which is often considered against public policy.

Non-competes aren’t enforceable in all states or in all circumstances. Some states, such as California, consider non-compete clauses void in most circumstances.

But where non-competes are valid, they can cause major headaches for people who sign them.

The New York Times and the Huffington Post recently reported on non-compete clauses for fast-food workers. A former Subway employee got a letter from her company reminding her of the non-compete she’d signed. When she started work at another sandwich shop in the area, Subway contacted her new boss. She got fired as a result.

Why put a non-compete in an NDA?

So why would anyone put a non-compete clause in an NDA?

NDAs are supposed to help protect a business’s confidential information. But it can be difficult to enforce an NDA in court, because it can be hard for the party with the secrets to prove that the other party is using or spilling those secrets. It can also be hard to prove that the so-called “secrets” are really secret.

It’s much easier to show that someone has gone to work for a competitor, or started a competing business.

Non-competes are most commonly seen in NDAs in the employment context – including employment as an independent contractor or consultant. But they’re sometimes used by parties discussing business deals.

Too soon?

Imagine you’ve just made a new friend – maybe even a potential BFF. New Friend invites you to have coffee. That sounds nice. Only thing is, New Friend wants you to sign a document first – one that says you won’t have coffee with anyone else for two years.

Would you sign it?

Probably not.

With most business deals, there’s more at stake than coffee. But agreeing to a non-compete as a condition of getting access to confidential information is like buying a pig-in-a-poke – you’re giving up something of value (your economic freedom) for something you haven’t even seen yet (the confidential information). You have to take it on faith that the information you’ll be getting will actually be worth what you’re giving up.

So what can you do about it?

If you’re asked to sign an NDA that includes a non-compete clause, you can:

  1. Sign it, and live with the consequences. You’d be gambling that the issue wouldn’t come up, or that a court wouldn’t enforce the non-compete.
  2. Refuse to sign it, and not get access to the confidential information. If signing the NDA is a condition of employment, that may mean you won’t get (or keep) the job.
  3. Ask the other party to strike the clause from the agreement.
  4. Ask the other party to modify the non-compete to make it less restrictive. For example, if it’s for two years, you could make it for one year. If the definition of “competitor” is broad, you could make it narrower. If the geographic area is 100 miles, you could limit it to 10 miles.

If you have questions or aren’t sure what you should do, you may want to consult a lawyer in your area.

By understanding what you’re signing, and what your options are, you can empower yourself to make better legal decisions – and maybe avoid getting bitten in the butt.

The information and materials in this blog are provided for general informational purposes only and are not intended to be legal advice. 

To learn about LawGeex, or to upload a legal document and get fast feedback, visit

LawGeex Now Covers Most Document Types for Startups and Small Businesses

We’re thrilled that so many people are enthusiastic about LawGeex.

More than 30,000 people have visited our site since our soft launch on February 10, and hundreds have tried our products.

People are talking…

We’ve been talked about on:

Product Hunt’s users voted us into the top 10 of new products for the day.

Here’s what they said…

Here’s what some people had to say about us:

JurisPage:  For many people who don’t have the resources to contact a lawyer on things like residential leases or NDAs, LawGeex provides a great tool. It’s “tinylaw” … – legal services for small transactions for which hiring a lawyer is not practical.

Tech blogger Hillel Fuld:  I know I get excited about tech a lot but then there is that rare occasion in which I meet a startup that I know almost instantly is onto something huge.

Such was the case with the company I had lunch with today,

As I have said many times, the biggest companies out there are the ones that took a look at a primitive industry and turned it on its head. Uber, AirBNB, and others. LawGeex aims to do that with the most primitive industries of all, law…

Focus on Startups and Small Businesses

We’ve decided to focus our efforts on legal documents that are applicable to startups and small businesses (including freelancers).

Business owners may be asked to sign several legal documents each month – NDAs, service agreements, software licenses, etc. They may not always feel the need (or have the time and money) to call a lawyer every time. But they may feel uncomfortable signing documents they don’t understand.

Our automated document review does NOT take the place of a lawyer. LawGeex does, however, help entrepreneurs understand what they’re signing, and indicates whether a particular clause is common or unusual – empowering them to make better decisions.

You can click here to learn more about how we do it.

Please tell us what other types of documents you’d like us to add, or contact us to provide other feedback and suggestions.

If you have questions about specific clauses in legal documents, send them to us and we may provide an answer in a future blog.

Give LawGeex a try today – it’s fast and it’s easy!





LawGeex – An App that analyzes Legal Documents- Jurispage

We’re excited about being profiled on the Jurispage legal technology blog!





What if a computer could analyze your residential lease, NDA, or other legal document, translate it from legalese into plain English, and advise you on whether you may want to sign it? Don’t wonder too long, because it exists now and it’s called LawGeex. Continue reading.


LawGeex Press release after featuring on Product Hunt & Hacker News

LawGeex – Legal to the People Draws Huge Response

In just three weeks after LawGeex’s launch on February 10, close to 16,000 people have visited the website to check out the free tool for reviewing legal documents.

Product Hunt was the first major site to take notice of LawGeex, and its readers voted LawGeex into the top 10 of new products for the day.

The word spread quickly, and LawGeex was featured on Law Hackers, the Museum of Beta, Randomstartup, and Tech Stories, among other sites.

Users of the first LawGeex product, for analyzing residential leases, were enthusiastic about it and have asked for new product categories to be added.  The LawGeex NDA tool will be available soon, with employment agreements and other legal document types to follow.

Company founder and CEO Noory Bechor, a lawyer himself, notes that:

People often sign legal agreements without even reading them.  If they read them, they don’t understand them.  And even if they understand them, they don’t know whether they’re getting a good deal or a bad one.

Under the slogan “Legal to the People,” LawGeex empowers users without legal backgrounds to make better legal decisions on their own.

LawGeex uses cutting-edge data mining technology and sophisticated machine learning to identify the type of legal document that’s been uploaded and then compare it to thousands of others that are similar, showing the user what’s standard, what’s unusual, and what’s missing in the uploaded document.

LawGeex doesn’t give legal advice.  It won’t tell someone whether or not to sign a contract.  Instead, by explaining agreements in plain English and showing how they compare to similar agreements, it lets users make better legal decisions for themselves.

LawGeex was created by an Israeli legal-tech start-up backed by the Israeli government’s Office of the Chief Scientist and incubated by the elite 8200 unit accelerator.

The LawGeex website is at



When you’re presented with an apartment lease, you don’t have to just sign on the dotted line.  If you know what’s standard and what’s not, you may be able to get better terms – or avoid locking yourself into a contract with the landlord from hell.

1.      How long have you got?

One-year apartment leases are standard in most places.  If you’re only offered a month-to-month tenancy, that gives you flexibility if you may need to leave on short notice, but it also means you may be looking for a new place – and paying moving expenses again – much sooner than you expected.
On the other hand, your landlord may want to lock you into a lease for two years or more.  This can protect you against rent increases during the term, but it also leaves you on the hook for the balance of the rental term if you need to leave early.

2.      Can your landlord snoop around in your underwear drawer?

It’s standard for your landlord to have access to your apartment – to perform repairs and to confirm that you’re not violating the terms of the lease.  However, you should have “reasonable” notice of a landlord’s visit (except in an emergency situation, like when there’s a burst pipe) and the right to be present when your landlord’s on the premises.

3.  Are you insecure about your security deposit?

Most leases require security deposits. For example, in New York, the amount is usually one month’s rent.  The amount isn’t limited by state law, but it may be capped by city and local laws in your area.


Click here to learn how you can protect your security deposit before you move in, or even before you sign your lease.

New York Law requires that a security deposit must be returned to a former tenant within a “reasonable” time.  “Reasonable” isn’t defined by statute, but it’s usually interpreted to mean 21 to 45 days.  If it’s important for you to get your money back earlier – for example, so you can pay the security deposit for a new apartment – make sure that your lease specifies this.

When you’re negotiating a lease, you’ll have a lot more leverage if you know what’s standard and what’s not.  LawGeex makes that easy — you can upload your lease and instantly compare it to thousands of others.

Click here to learn how it works.