By Matt Dickstein
Additional pages on franchise law:
Helping Start-up Franchisors
Helping Existing Franchisors
franchisees, including new franchisees and experienced
multi-unit developers and master franchisees.
franchisees with counseling on whether purchasing a
franchise is right for you, your purchase, termination and
renewal of franchises, review and comment to the franchise
package (including the franchise agreement and the franchise
disclosure document / UFDD), buying and selling of operating franchises, etc. I
also help with your general legal needs, for example,
formation of your corporation / LLC, review and negotiation
of your real property lease, partner / shareholder issues,
employment issues and more. At the end of the
franchise, I help you leave the franchise system with
For a legal
compliance checklist when buying your franchise and setting
up your business, see
Legal Compliance Checklist for a Startup Franchisee.
If you want
help understanding the franchise disclosure document (UFDD / UFOC)
that your franchisor has given you, see my article
Franchise Disclosure Document.
For more information on disputes with your franchisor, see
Franchise Non-Competition Agreements in California
Termination or Non-Renewal of a Franchise
Legal Claims and Defenses in Franchise Litigation
Please remember that buying a franchise is a serious and
long-term commitment. You will sign binding contracts, for
example, the franchise agreement, a personal guaranty and a
real property lease. If things don’t turn out as planned,
you can’t just walk away. For this reason I highly
recommend that you get the advice of a business attorney
with franchise experience before buying into a franchise
A final note about franchise brokers: Franchise brokers help
franchisors (that is, the sellers of the franchise) find
franchisees (who are the buyers of the franchise). Brokers
work for the franchisors and are paid by them.
Brokers maintain relationships with certain franchisors and
they might steer you to their favorite franchisors.
Franchise brokers can be very helpful, but you should
remember that their interests align with the franchisors.