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Franchise Legal Issues

Franchising is governed by laws that require franchisors to inform all perspective franchisees about their company. Learning the franchise laws for your state is very important if you are deciding to buy a franchise.

Finding the Best Advisors in Franchising
Selecting your franchise lawyer and consultant is one area where you cannot afford to make a mistake. Take your time and invest in the best.

Should I Hire a Franchise Attorney?
Should I hire a franchise attorney? In becoming a franchisee, you will invest a large portion of your valuable time and money as a new business owner. You should consider hiring a franchise lawyer or franchise attorney.

Roles of the Franchise Consultant and Franchise Lawyer
The services lawyers and consultants bring to a franchisor are distinct and important, and both are needed.

Won't Any Lawyer Do?
There are hundreds of law firms that claim to practice franchise law. But make sure you engage the services of a qualified franchise lawyer.

If it walks like a duck You may already be a franchisor
Are you an inadvertent franchisor? When 'license fees' are actually franchise fees - and how to get back on track.

The Franchise Disclosure Document
Understanding the Franchise Disclosure Document and the disclosures required by the FTC is essential in developing your franchise system.

Understanding the Franchise Agreement
Study your Franchise Agreement thoroughly before signing on the dotted line... it is not the same thing as the FDD, and is a legally binding contract.

Failure Rate: Dealing with Failure in a Franchise System
Regardless of the cause, the loss of any single franchisee-owned location should be viewed with concern by the franchisor, and learned from.

Designing a Franchise System Selecting Qualified Advisors
Is your company truly ready to franchise? Make sure you get independent advice from qualified advisors before you proceed with your FDD.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly - Franchise Agreement and FDD Provisions
One Franchisee Lawyers Perspective on evaluating Franchise Agreements and Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs)

What is the Small Business Franchise Act (SBFA)?
Information on the Small Business Franchise Act. The Small Business Franchise Act (SBFA) was proposed in 1999 by the U.S. House of Representatives as an attempt to ensure more consistent and fair interactions between franchisors and franchisees.

Key Legal Questions To Ask
The International Franchise Association covers the key legal questions you should ask if buying a franchise.

Your Legal Rights: Guide To The FTC Franchise Rule
Understand your legal rights by reviewing the Federal Trade Commission's guide to the FTC Franchise Rule.

The Benefits and Drawbacks of Private Equity for Franchisors
The Benefits and Drawbacks of Private Equity for Franchisors

Negotiating a Franchise Agreement
Your ability to negotiate changes to your franchise agreement will depend on the franchise system and whether your requests are reasonable and supported.

Area Development Agreements: Pros and Cons
Many franchisors have increased their use of Area Development Agreements to expand their franchise systems; but an ADA can be a double-edged sword.

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