Owning a business is the ultimate American dream. Purchasing a franchise can be a smart way to achieve that dream. Buying into a franchise gives you access to a successful brand, an existing customer base, and knowledgeable support.
But purchasing a franchise business is a significant investment that requires knowledgeable guidance. Franchisors have plenty of legal and business advisors on their side. As a franchisee, you deserve the same experienced support.
Attorney Ashley Nielsen has devoted most of her career to the exclusive practice of franchise law. For years, she has represented franchisors, drafting the very documents prospective franchisees must review and sign to become business owners. She now puts that experience and insight to work for the benefit of franchisees.
If you are considering buying a franchise, your first investment should be in the experienced legal advice you need, so you can move forward with confidence.
After you buy a franchise, you may encounter legal issues affecting your business. Franchise law attorney Ashley Nielsen helps existing franchisees with issues that arise during business operations, such as retail and commercial leases, employment matters, and more.
Every franchisee must sign a franchise agreement with the franchisor as part of the process of purchasing a franchise. The agreement is the legal document that controls your legal rights and obligations as a franchisee. A franchise agreement typically contains complex terminology and specialized franchise-related provisions that govern your relationship with the franchisor throughout the term of the franchise.
When you buy a franchise, you make a significant financial investment and undertake substantial legal obligations. The franchise agreement and the FDD detail your obligations. The documents both include specialized terminology and complex provisions unique to franchise law. Before you sign the franchise agreement, you should be certain you understand all the terms of the agreement and the FDD.
Reviewing the FDD and your franchise agreement with an experienced attorney is the best way to ensure that you fully understand your legal obligations and rights. The franchisor has a legal team looking out for their interests. You should have your own trusted advisor looking out for your interests and rights too. Franchise law attorney Ashley Nielsen assists prospective franchisees throughout the United States with review of FDDs and franchise agreements.
The franchisor determines which parts of a franchise agreement they are willing to negotiate with a prospective franchisee. Generally, some provisions in a franchise agreement may be negotiable, others provisions likely are not. If you would like to negotiate the terms of a franchise agreement, you should talk with a knowledgeable franchise law attorney before you approach the franchisor with requested changes.
Franchise law attorney Ashley Nielsen has extensive experience representing both franchisors and franchisees in the franchise purchase process. She understands which provisions may be negotiable and which ones are not. Ashley can assist you with negotiations and improve your chances of success by focusing on the key issues that may be negotiable.