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Stock Option Agreement

California

Asked on May 28, 2023

Stock option agreement and early exercise provisions?

I recently accepted a job offer from a company that includes stock options. I have been provided with a Stock Option Agreement, but I am unsure of the early exercise provisions and how they may affect my future rights as an employee. I am looking for guidance on the legal implications of early exercising my stock options.

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Employee Benefits

California

Answered 397 days ago

Paul S.

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It's very important to follow the process for exercising the options, to the letter. These are described in the stock option agreement. I've had someone reach out in the past, asking why their never got their stock options. When I asked how he exercised them, he said he sent a message over Slack, rather than following the proper process. If you aren't sure what to do, then you should have a lawyer go through the documents with you.

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