What are the critical business and legal elements of a franchise system?
What are the critical legal documents and processes to start a franchise program?
What regulatory hurdles need to be addressed?
What financial and human resources are needed?
What is the difference between licensing and franchising?
What is an “accidental franchise” situation?
What are some ways franchisors can minimize exposure to franchise law violations?
If a franchisor discovers that it may have sold one or more franchises illegally, or without proper disclose, what steps should be taken to mitigate risk and come into compliance?
What are the benefits and risks of using Financial Performance Representations in selling franchises?
How can a franchisor utilize Financial Performance Representations effectively and legally?
What steps should a franchisor take to ensure that the prospective franchisee understands the franchise investment and risks before purchasing the franchise?
What aspects of the franchise relationship are most contentious?
How can a franchisor address a contentious relationship with a franchisee through contracts or relationship management?
What elements of Franchise Agreements are most likely subject to attack by franchisees?
What is the difference between a franchisee association and an advisory council?
What can franchisors do to most effectively work with franchisee associations and advisory councils to produce cooperative and strong franchisor/franchisee relationships?
What is fueling the interest in franchise companies?
What should a franchisor do to be prepared for a sale or acquisition?
What are the business and legal risks of a merger or acquisition of a franchise company?
How do franchisors deal with investors, franchisees, suppliers, and possibly franchisees of a competing brand that may be acquired?
What is your experience in franchise law?
How did you decide to go into the legal profession?
What is the most rewarding aspect of your practice?
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