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At Framework Legal, we help franchisees and franchisors with business strategy and planning, regulatory compliance, franchise document review, and franchise related disputes. We want to help you succeed and make the best decisions possible for your growing business.
From start-up to exit, we have worked with franchisors and franchisees at every stage of the business life cycle post-formation, providing guidance and practical advice that they can rely on to scale their growing businesses.
Whether you are a franchisor or franchisee, there are many legal factors to consider before entering into a franchise agreement.
The Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) is critical to understanding the risks and potential rewards of any franchise business.
It is important for the experience, skills, and interests of a franchisee to align with the franchise's business objectives.
Franchisees may be required to pay a non-refundable initial franchise fee and other startup costs.
It is important to understand revenues and profits before entering into a franchise.
Franchising involves two parties, known as the franchisor and the franchisee. If you’re interested in franchising your business, you’re a franchisor. The entrepreneurs interested in buying into a franchise are the franchisees.
In the franchise model, the franchisor allows a franchisee to open a business using their brand, products, and services. The franchisee builds, owns, and operates the business, but is allowed to use the logo, name, products, services, and other assets of the franchisor.
In exchange for the rights to use these assets, the franchisee must pay the franchisor a number of fees, which can include startup fees as well as royalties. These royalties are taken as a percentage of the franchisee’s overall revenue.
We have worked with clients buying into exciting new franchise opportunities, as well as exiting from bad franchising deals. If we have learned anything through this experience, it is how important the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) is to every franchise deal. This is the document that franchises live and die by and your understanding of the document could be the difference between success and failure.
In the FDD, franchisees learn about the franchise’s financial health, how much an average franchisee makes, if the franchise is subject to litigation, how much it will cost to get their franchise up and running, and the franchisee turnover rate.
Before entering into a franchise agreement, we strongly recommend diving into the FDD and reviewing the terms of the agreement, building out a pro-forma to project possible revenues, asking the franchisor good questions, visiting other franchise locations, and consulting with an experienced attorney.
At Framework Legal, we work with clients who are buying a franchise, selling a franchise, or facing difficult franchising issues. In addition, we provide contract drafting and review, alternative dispute resolution, and ongoing general counsel support.
We know that the challenges of running a franchise business are always shifting and that legal needs evolve over time. That is why we offer predictable pricing, responsive communication, and practical advice.
If you are searching for a law firm that can scale with your business, then we want to talk. Contact our office today.
"I am the owner of a small business that operates in the Phoenix area. We ran into an issue with a bad player who was attempting to use their deep pockets to squeeze us in an unethical way. We did not have the money or the expertise to fight them in court. We hired Framework Legal to give us the assistance we needed. Juliet and her team did a masterful job of using their knowledge to protect our interests. I heartily recommend Framework Legal!"
"Working with Juliet over the past few years has taught me that as you become more successful and your business becomes more complex, all you really have to do is think things through, do what’s right and it will all work out. Juliet’s knowledge of small business law is incomparable. She has helped us with several very different matters and guided us with intelligence, tenacity and compassion. I cannot overstate the value of connectedness, and Juliet’s network of sources and experts (“oh, we should talk to so-and-so”) delivers benefits far beyond the words written in a contract and hours devoted to a resolution."Richard S.
ARQ Wealth Advisors, LLC
"Selling a business doesn’t happen overnight. It took us four years, starting with our commitment to, in Juliet’s words, get our “house in order.” Juliet was a true advocate, previewing, listening, and counseling us through the journey week by week. She is steady, thorough and no-nonsense direct, which relates directly to her stewardship of your money. At one point when a counter offer didn’t take, we were so done, more than ready to accept a less than stellar offer. She talked us down and assured us that we could do better. And we did, just xxx later. She was clearly working in our best interest. Juliet is the rare attorney who has no ego. At one point, we brought in a friend who works in real estate law to provide additional expertise. Anyone else in Juliet’s position would have taken offense, and would have been territorial. But Juliet clearly enjoyed the collaborative process and the opportunity to exchange knowledge. Just as important as her legal process and approach, is the passion and joy – and humor -- she brings to her work."Lynn B.
Seller of high-end storage and delivery service business
"My experience with Framework surpasses that of the big corporate firms I’ve worked with during my 35 years as a business owner. It’s not just Juliet’s expert counsel that sets her apart. It’s also the fact that I can call her any time of the day and she either answers the phone herself or calls me back ASAP. That’s really terrific. She knows my anxiety level is likely through the roof and the value and comfort her immediate attention provides. She has taught me to pick my battles in situations that are adversarial and to step back to allow her to guide me through all the if/then scenarios. Knowing that she has a network of legal resources close at hand is a tremendous asset. If I had to pick one word to describe how I feel working with Juliet, it would be “safe”… there’s no question my issues are going to be resolved expediently after all avenues have been thoroughly explored. I trust her. You couldn’t ask for a better advocate."Susan B.
Business Solutions for Women Business Owners
"Framework Legal has been fantastically flexible in supporting us as we've grown. As a small company, Juliet and her team were able to scale up and down the time they devoted to our work as we had sudden needs for work. They've also considered from day one what the long term impacts of new projects or documents would be on the company - something that I have rarely seen."Turner B.
"I had the pleasure of working with Juliet pre and post final sale of my business. Upon our first initial conversation we did a much deeper dive into due diligence and transaction details that I had experienced with other firms I had interviewed. Throughout the process we encountered, tough negotiations, poor communication from opposing counsel, uncomfortable questions and deal fatigue, Juliet was a step ahead through all these stepping stones of transaction. Ultimately, we ended up with the deal structure we had aimed for in the beginning, and I’m pleased to have worked with Juliet and I would recommend her to other business owners getting ready to take this step."Jamie R.
Former Business Owner
"Juliet was such an asset during the process of selling my 2 franchises. She helped me along the way and wrapped everything up in a timely manner. She was always available and even contacted the franchisor when they tried to strong arm me and resolved the situation. Highly recommend."Sandy F.
Seller of 2 Franchises
"Framework has been our outside counsel for our franchise businesses for 7 years. They’ve assisted us with a multitude of business issues both large and small, and are always quick to respond. If they don’t have the specialized expertise for the issue at hand, they have a network of attorneys they work with who do. Juliet takes the time to really listen and understand the matter before forming her recommendations. And when providing direction, it’s a conversation, weighing out pros and cons to consider, rather than a one-way directive. I have always felt like Juliet was part of our executive team and been extremely satisfied with the guidance she has provided over the years."Traci S.
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