How can a franchise attorney help with a retail commercial lease negotiation?

If you want to open a retail franchise, you will likely need to lease some commercial space. And as with anything, you will want to get the best terms for your deal that you can. Hiring a seasoned attorney will give you a stalwart defender who will be by your side and support you in all retail commercial lease negotiations. Though a franchisor will give you all the tools of the trade, and you…

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What are the benefits of having an Item 19 (Financial Performance Representations) in my FDD?

No one wants to air their dirty laundry in public, but having an accurate Financial Performance Representation in your Franchise Disclosure Documents will help your franchise rather than hurt it. You don’t need to fudge the numbers and make everything look perfect; that is simply not realistic. Certainly there are gray areas in an Item 19, and that is where Drumm Law can help, as we specialize in…

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How are franchise lawyers different from general business lawyers?

Although you might be tempted to scrimp on a lawyer because you are already sinking so much money into buying a franchise, this is not a good idea. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. If your uncle is a general business lawyer or your buddy is a family lawyer, you might be tempted to have them look at your contracts and help you through the process of franchising. But there are…

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What do franchisee attorneys do?

Franchise attorneys are with you every step of the way to protect you if you are thinking about buying into a franchise. When purchasing a franchise and signing an agreement to uphold the procedures and policies of the franchise, it is in your best interest to have a franchise lawyer read through the paperwork with you. Franchise attorneys can help you avoid problems before they occur, and answer…

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What are the benefits of franchising my business?

Once you hit on the successful business model and you are experiencing some success in whatever business you have created, from food to eyelashes, it is time to look into franchising it. The benefits of franchising outweigh the disadvantages, and this is a great opportunity to spread your business model to the country, and even internationally. 1 - Franchisees understand the local flavor. When…

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What are some tips for becoming a franchisor?

1 - Do your homework. Find a niche that needs to be filled and a business model in which you can be successful. You will do better if you are passionate about the product, so make sure that your business is compatible with your interests. Once you decide on the type of business you have the wherewithal to run (whether it is food, eyelashes, home improvement, tutoring, or whatever else suits you),…

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How has the franchise industry been growing and why is it important?

The franchise industry has been growing exponentially, as there are many new opportunities available as a result of Covid-19. Entrepreneurs used the upheaval of the pandemic to create new business models to cater to the needs of people stuck at home in the shutdown. And when the model works in one town, this is a good time to branch out into franchising and take the business model to another part…

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When does my FDD expire?

Your FDD will expire at the earlier of (1) when the new FDD is issued, or (2) when you reach a state or federal expiration date. New FDD Issuance Once you issue your new FDD, your old FDD expires. For example, if you are in California and you issue a new FDD on April 20, your old FDD expires everywhere. Once you issue a new FDD anywhere, you are no longer allowed to use the old FDD anywhere.…

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A complete guide to selecting the proper franchise attorney

A franchise lawyer is a lawyer that has specialized in the area of franchising, both for franchisors and franchisees, and has knowledge in all legal issues involving both state and federal franchising laws. Selecting the right franchise attorney for your business can be a daunting task, as most law firms claim to have at least some experience in the area of franchise law. Before selecting your…

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How franchise lawyers differ from general practice lawyers

A common misconception about lawyers when it comes to business owners is that they just need a “business” lawyer that helps cover everything. The reality is, when embarking on the franchising journey, whether as a franchisor or franchisee, it’s incredibly important to find a franchise lawyer who specializes not only in franchise law — but in your specific industry, if possible. Just like lawyers…

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