Franchising has become a popular way for companies to increase their brands´ presence by taking on investors (franchisees) who own and operate a branch—often under the close direction or supervision of the franchisor. Because of the unique nature of this business relationship, a number of different areas of the law fall under the umbrella of Franchise Law. Franchising can involve contract law, agency law, intellectual property law, tort law, antitrust law, labor law, financial services law, to name a few. The creation of even a single franchise agreement can involve dozens of factors, all of which should be carefully examined by the parties involved before committing the arrangement.
Whether you are interested in purchasing a franchise or are looking to expand your business via franchising, you're going to require experienced legal advice. Every document should be weighed and considered before you commit to a long-term business relationship with any company or individual. If you are the franchisor, is your brand going to be protected by your investors? As a franchisee, do you have enough freedom to make this business endeavor successful? These are just two of the hundreds of questions that need to be answered before your agreement is finalized. Too often is the franchising decision based upon the demand for the product, the apparent success of other franchises (i.e. observed foot traffic, et cetera), or the belief that the franchisee can make improvements to the business model that will insure success. However, many franchisors don't allow the proprietors the autonomy they require to capitalize on these elements. Conversely, franchisors will often sell their business brand without establishing a proper standard to protect their company's reputation.
At the Atlanta law office of Stone & Bellus, P.C. we have years of experience in dealing with expansion through franchising. These seasoned Georgia Franchise Law attorneys can provide you with hard legal facts that will give you the confidence to make the deal or walk away from a bad decision.
The Atlanta lawyers at Stone & Bellus, P.C. will assist you throughout the term of the franchise—from helping you establish the parameters of the agreement to settling contract disputes that may arise later. If you are going to enter into a franchise contract, you need a franchise lawyer who is familiar with all of the areas of the law that affect your agreement.
To schedule an appointment, contact Stone & Bellus, P.C. at our Atlanta, Georgia law office. Our number is 678-279-5511.