Chicago Franchise Law
Whether you currently own a franchise in Chicago or are thinking about venturing into the world of franchising, understanding how Illinois and federal laws protect franchisees is critical to making informed decisions and mitigating your risk of loss. From knowing what to negotiate to knowing when to initiate arbitration or litigation, having a firm grasp of the relevant legal concepts and how they apply to real-world situations is the only way to protect yourself in the event that something goes wrong.
At the Goldstein Law Firm, we have been exclusively representing franchisees and dealers for more than 30 years. We are an award-winning franchise law firm, and firm founder Jeffrey M. Goldstein is recognized nationwide for his success in franchisee representation. Having represented prospective and active franchisees in hundreds of franchise systems across the globe, we have seen it all when it comes to the pitfalls of the franchise relationship, and we use our knowledge and insights to help franchisees level the playing field with their franchisors.
Services for Prospective Franchisees in Chicago
If you are considering a franchise opportunity in the Chicago area, you will likely want to work with a few different professionals as you progress toward making an informed buying decision. In addition to an experienced franchise attorney, this would generally include your accountant, and you may also want to consider hiring a franchise consultant who has a proven track record of helping franchisees find success under the franchise model. We have relationships with local and national advisors who can help you evaluate your chosen franchise opportunity, and we offer flat-fee service options that include:
- Reviewing the terms of Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDDs) and franchise agreements
- Advising on franchisees’ rights under Illinois’s franchise disclosure and relationship laws
- Assisting with due diligence during the franchise buying process
- Negotiating key terms of the franchise agreement
- Providing comparative information and industry insights based upon our experience representing franchisees in competing franchise systems
Learn more about our services for prospective franchisees.
Services for Chicago-Based Franchise Owners
If you currently own a franchise and are looking for legal representation, this likely means one of three things: (i) you are seeking to renew your franchise, (ii) you are seeking to transfer your franchise, or (iii) you are facing an issue with your franchisor. We represent franchisees in all three scenarios, and we have substantial experience in franchise arbitration and litigation proceedings across the country.
As a current franchisee, facing legal issues presents certain additional challenges. If your goal is to save your franchise, enforcing your rights can require a measured and strategic approach. If you are fed up with your franchisor and wish to operate an independent business, you will need to have a clear understanding of your options regarding transfer or termination and the implications (including non-compete obligations) of ending your relationship with your franchisor.
See a list of our services for current franchisees.
Get Started with a Free Initial Consultation
If you would like to discuss your options with franchise attorney Jeffrey M. Goldstein, please contact us to schedule a free initial consultation. You can reach Mr. Goldstein at (202) 293-3947, or send us your contact information and we will respond as soon as possible.