Running a franchise is substantially different from running a standalone business. There are unique laws in play and specific agreements that must be adhered to. The relationship between franchisee and franchisor is unlike anything else in the realm of business.
Whether opening a franchise or addressing any of the legal issues that arise during the life of a franchise, franchisees can benefit from the representation of an attorney experienced in this unique area of commercial law. At Heekin Law, in Jacksonville, we assist franchisees throughout Florida. Knowing the nuances of this area of the law, we can help you understand your rights and obligations while pursuing a positive resolution to any challenge.
As a commercial and business law attorney law firm, we know that great ideas and efficient marketing strategies may make a business stand out, but what really allows a business to rise above its competition and thrive is the effective handling of its day-to-day business law issues it may face. From entity selection, contract formation to dispute resolution for all parties concerned, having an available and proven, cost-effective legal resource is essential in today’s business environment.
Our lawyers assist franchisees in opening restaurant franchises, hotel franchises, retail store franchises and all other types of franchises.
One of the most critical elements of opening a franchise is the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). The success of your franchise depends on your understanding of and compliance with this document, which may be up to 200 pages long. The franchise development director may explain the document to you, but it is in your best interest to have the document reviewed by an independent party. With over 250 years or combined experience, we are well-versed in reading and interpreting these documents, and distilling the information that is most important to you. Despite what you are told by the director, some of the terms in the document may be negotiable. We can assist with identifying any potentially troublesome issues and negotiate changes on your behalf.
Furthermore, we can help you choose the most appropriate business entity and handle all other aspects of business formation. We are available to address all issues that may come up during the life of your franchise, including drafting, reviewing and negotiating contracts of all kinds, and handling every type of business transaction.
Disputes can arise at any time during the life of a franchise. Do you believe the franchisor is not fulfilling its obligations as outlined in the FDD? Were you mislead about what the franchisor would provide to help your franchise succeed? Have you been threatened with termination of your franchise agreement, or has the franchisor not renewed the franchise agreement?
When handling franchise disputes, we will take the time to identify your goals. Do you want your franchise to continue? Would you like to close the doors as carefully as possible? Do you simply want the support you were promised? Whatever the case may be, we will create a legal strategy and pursue negotiation or trial as appropriate to obtain a positive outcome.
Franchisees: Our experienced attorneys understand the nuances of franchise law and can protect your rights and interests in any business law matter. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.