The Entrepreneur Law Center, P.L. provides comprehensive services to both franchisors and franchisees. Whether you are an entrepreneur who is buying a franchise or a company who wishes to launch a franchise, keen legal and strategic advice can substantially impact the success of your venture. Entrepreneurs wishing to launch a start-up venture are faced with a decision very early whether to launch their own brand or to join an existing franchise. Evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of a particular franchise opportunity, or comparing various franchises, can be a daunting task.

Additionally, once the entrepreneur has decided to seriously consider joining a franchise, understanding and negotiating the agreements and the various fees and obligations can be confusing and arduous if not guided by an experienced professional. Launching a franchise can be an intimidating and overwhelming undertaking as well. There are complex laws governing franchisors and engaging the services of competent legal and business counseling can be the key to success. The Entrepreneur Law Center, P.L. provides the following services:

Franchisor Services

  • Evaluation of franchise strategy, including branding and business systems;
  • Drafting and negotiations of disclosure documents and franchise circulars;
  • Trademark registration and licensing;
  • Real estate issues, including property acquisition and site selection, lease drafting and negotiations, and lease reviews for franchisees;
  • Evaluation and structuring of royalty and franchise fee arrangements;
  • Counseling for all issues related to the franchisor-franchisee relationship;
  • Entity and corporate structure selection, business planning, and capitalization considerations; and
  • Ongoing business issues, including litigation;
  • Tax services.

Franchisee Services

  • Due diligence and evaluation of franchisors;
  • Review and negotiation of franchise agreements and disclosure circulars;
  • Business entity formation;
  • Third party agreements, including with vendors, employees and managers, and independent contractors;
  • Real estate issues, including negotiations with landlords, site selection, and reviews of leases;
  • Ongoing business issues, including management consulting and tax services.