Monthly Archives: March 2021
Buying a franchise is a bigger investment than most people can afford on their own. Fortunately, there are a variety of financing options available. However, each of these options comes with certain risks and limitations, and prospective franchisees must think carefully about which option makes the most sense for their individual circumstances. An experienced franchisee lawyer can help you make an informed decision when it comes to choosing between options including:
When buying a franchise, one of the most important steps in the due diligence process is to carefully review the franchise agreement. The franchise agreement governs the terms of the relationship, and it covers everything from the opening deadline to the franchisee’s obligations post-termination. Given the importance of the franchise agreement – in addition to its density and complexity – the best way to ensure that you understand its terms is to hire a franchise lawyer to review it for you.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the franchise industry in unprecedented ways. In addition to fundamentally changing the way that many franchisors and franchisees operate, the pandemic has heavily influenced franchise agreement negotiations. Here, franchise attorney Jeffrey M. Goldstein discusses five franchise agreement provisions that require careful consideration in the wake of the pandemic:
The IFA Legal Symposium is an annual event that brings together franchise lawyers from across the United States and around the world to discuss recent legal developments in the world of franchising. This year’s Symposium is being held virtually, and many of the topics that will be covered during the event are signs of the times as well.
Two recent articles from Franchise Times and FranchiseDirect.com address the question of how much time franchisees can expect to invest in operating their franchises. The Franchise Times article approaches the question from the perspective of knowing when it is time to outsource, while the FranchiseDirect.com article examines the factors that influence how many hours franchisees work. Here, franchisee attorney Jeffrey M. Goldstein shares his thoughts based on well over 30 years of experience working with franchisees.
Under the right circumstances, forming a franchisee association can be a highly effective way for franchisees to get their franchisor’s attention and generate bargaining power that they can use in negotiations. Here, franchisee lawyer Jeffrey M. Goldstein discusses some important considerations for forming a franchisee association: