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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What does a franchise lawyer do?

When deciding to embark on franchising your business, or franchising a new business, gathering all of the information needed before making the important decision of hiring a franchise attorney is important. Sometimes, however, it can be confusing as to why you need a franchise lawyer, or what exactly the benefits are of having one. So, what does a franchise attorney actually do? In short, a…

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Top Reasons You Need a Franchise Lawyer

When you’ve finally decided to start the process of potentially franchising your business, there’s a lot to consider. From contemplating potential franchisees to understanding the proper documents and protecting needed for your business, the franchising process can sometimes feel more daunting than it needs to be. But before you decide to franchise your business, you need to start by finding a…

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Choosing the right franchise lawyers

When it comes to creating and filing the legal documents necessary for starting the process of franchising a business, it’s best to leave the long and difficult process to a franchise attorney with expertise in the area of franchising. Benefits of a franchise attorney By contracting an experienced franchise attorney, you aren’t just helping protect yourself against any inconsistencies in your…

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What is a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)?

Being an educated franchisee (or franchisor) means gathering all relevant information needed before making a solid business decision. And when it comes to the process of sorting through franchising opportunities for your business (or potentially becoming a franchisee yourself), one of the most critical pieces is the Franchise Disclosure Document, or FDD. A Franchise Disclosure Document, in the…

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California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA):
Considerations for Franchisors

By introducing the California Consumer Privacy Act, California continues its pattern of enacting legislation that has the potential to impact the franchise industry in a significant way. The CCPA applies to any company that “does business” in California (which is a broad category) and that meets the criteria explained below.  If your franchise company is based in California, or (potentially) even…

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Advertising Franchises

Franchise for sale!  Only fifty cents (well, not really but you get the idea).  You have some amazing advertising pieces to sell your franchise.  So you can just use them however and wherever you want, right?  No. This would be too simple. Certain states require you to pre-file advertising materials and wait a specified time before using them in the state.  Some states require that you register…

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California’s Assembly Bill No. 5 (AB-5)

Sometimes it Pays to Wait-and-See

Many franchisors are wondering what changes they should make in response to California’s AB-5 that went into effect on January 1, 2020. In a nutshell, we don’t think it makes sense to make any significant changes to a franchise system because the applicability of AB-5 to franchisors isn’t fully determined, and there will likely be changes to this law in 2020. The purpose of AB-5 is to crack down…

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Item 19 Financial Performance Representations in the time of COVID

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “COVID ruined everything” more than once. And unfortunately, we’re here to tell you the same likely applies for Item 19 financial performance representations (FPRs). Any operating results presented in Item 19 must have a reasonable basis and cannot be misleading. If COVID has caused (1) a drop in revenue, (2) temporary or permanent store closures or (3) changes…

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