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Hello! I am a licensed attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating so all that means is that you can count on me to help today. I am also an Arizona native. The answer to your question is that you can change the agreement to 6 months and hand it back to your employer. Generally, parties to a contract are presumed to have agreed to the terms of the contract they sign. Only if they can prove that they were the victims of fraud, duress, or if the contract was illegal, then they are going to be bound to the terms of the agreement. Also, parties are allowed to reject offers, even from their employer, and make a counter-offer. If you make the change to 6 months and the employer agrees to the terms, then a court will probably enforce that agreement with the six month term because their original offer of the non-compete for 6 years would have been expressly rejected by you and if they accepted the 6 month arrangement, they would be held to that (likely).
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I wouldn't recommend signing a false name to the doc, but if you make a change to the document before resubmitting, a judge would probably find in your favor because the employer should take the opportunity to review all employment contracts it makes with its employees in advance.