Franchising Attorney for Forming New Franchises
You want to enter into or launch a business whereby the business is governed by use of a trademark or service mark and certain operating procedures (e.g. McDonalds). Whether you consciously wish to become a franchisor or whether you wish to license business rights under a common trademark, often franchising laws are implicated. These laws are comprised primarily of federal franchising laws, which mandate certain disclosures to individuals or companies that may desire to buy a franchise through a document known as a Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (or “UFOC”).
Our firm represents both franchisors and franchisees. We assist franchisors in forming franchises and helping them understand the various legal requirements so they can launch their franchise operations. Specifically, we work with franchisors in preparing UFOC disclosure documents and the franchise agreement. We also handle franchise registration in states where certain filings or registrations are required. Additionally, we provide ongoing franchise compliance and dispute resolution counseling.
Franchise Attorney for Buying a Franchise
Are you thinking of purchasing a franchise? Franchise ownership continues to increase in popularity as it is seen as being less risky than starting a new, un-proven business. As with any business venture, buying a franchise is subject to many risks.
As experienced franchise counsel, we provide legal services to help potential franchisors understand the franchise contracts and other information required to be contained in the UFOC disclosure documents.
Does the franchisor have good relationships with franchisees? What legal rights will you have if you want to sell your franchise? What advertising and other payments are you required to make to franchisors or other third parties? What happens if you want to change product or service offerings (or the advertising thereof) – can you do so?
We work with clients that may be considering a franchise opportunity so that they understand the rights that may be afforded under the UFOC documents and franchise agreements.
Ongoing Franchise Representation
Buying or selling a franchise also involves other legal matters. A lease may be required. Contract issues may arise. Employment issues require legal consideration.
We represent franchisors and franchisees in these and many other matters after the initial transaction, and are available when you need us.
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Our firm is here to serve entrepreneurs and business owners. Call us today, (602) 617-8516, for a complimentary telephone consultation and let me show you how we can help you or your businesses with your important franchise needs.