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Franchise Law

The franchise attorneys at Fahey Schultz Burzych Rhodes PLC help you grow your business. Through franchising, our attorneys develop growth strategies to meet your specific business needs, regardless of the industry in which you operate.

Franchising is often an effective model of distribution for goods and services sold under your brand. However, franchise sales are regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) and various other statutes.

Our franchise attorneys help draft state and FTC compliant Franchise Disclosure Documents, franchise agreements, master franchise agreements, area development agreements, and all other ancillary documents necessary to protect your brand.

Whether you are exploring franchising for the first time or a well-developed franchise system, our franchise attorneys can assist you in document drafting, complying with state franchise sale statutes, managing franchisee relationships, enforcing the franchise system, and overseeing various franchise transactions.

Regardless of the industry in which you operate, our expert team of franchise attorneys will assist you in developing a franchise model to grow your brand.

Start-up Franchise Systems

Whatever the industry, we can help prepare all the necessary legal documents needed to launch and register your franchise successfully while walking you through each step of the process. The sale of franchises is a regulated sale. It is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and several states. We specialize in making sure you comply with the FTC Franchise Rule and each applicable state law where you plan to offer and sell your franchise, as well as ensuring that you understand your regulatory compliance obligations. Our services include:

Initial Franchising Consultation

Franchising is not for everyone. Your business, your systems, and your goals should all align with franchising. When you become a franchisor, you will be responsible for recruiting and training franchisees, overseeing system operations, building your brand, and providing ongoing support to franchisees. We’ll first discuss with you your objectives and goals to determine whether franchising is right for your business. If franchising is not the right growth strategy for you, we will work with you to develop the growth strategy that works for your brand.

Structuring the Franchisor

To create a sustainable franchise business model, you must first choose the right structure. It’s one of the most important measures you will take in franchising a business, as it ultimately defines the entire company. We’ll advise you in best practices and update you on the latest legal developments, so your franchise system is structured properly from the start.

Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)

Our attorneys can draft a FDD that effectively communicates the required disclosures for your business and its offerings. Learn more about Franchise Disclosure Documents

Franchise Agreement and Ancillary Contracts

Our franchise attorneys routinely draft Franchise Agreements, as well as all of the other documents related to the franchise relationship, including agreements related to the underlying real estate, confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements, noncompetes, guarantees, telephone numbers, and state law based addenda as required by relevant state law.

Trademark Registration

Our trademark attorneys can file any necessary trademark applications with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. If required, we can draft an inter-company license agreement that authorizes use of the intellectual property from your current business entity to the franchise company. Our goal is to help you protect your brand.

State Registration(s)

In addition to federal franchise laws, a number of states have their own franchise and business opportunity laws. Several states require registration of the FDD prior to offering or selling a franchise within the state. We can help you register your franchise offerings in whichever state(s) you wish to offer or sell franchises and monitor your state registrations for annual updating requirements.

Emerging Brands to Iconic Brands

In our many collective years of franchising experience, we have had the pleasure of representing some of the fastest growing and top-ranked franchise brands in the nation. We have worked with some of these brands since their humble beginnings, as well as assisted many that have come to us later in their franchise life cycles seeking legal counsel who can effectively handle complex corporate or other legal issues.

Whether you’re a start-up or mature franchisor, our franchise team is ready to help you cultivate your business and protect your brand. Experience the difference of the FSBR franchise experience.

Is your business ready to franchise or expand?

Whether you are exploring franchising for the first time or operating a well-developed franchise system, our franchise attorneys can answer your questions and advise you on the best course of action.

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