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Franchise Legal Guide

Welcome to the Franchising.com Franchise Legal Guide. One of the most important pieces of advice a prospective franchisee can ever get is that before signing any legal documents with a franchisor, find yourself a good franchise attorney.

Legal documents are already complicated enough for any small business owner, but franchising is governed by its own set of laws and regulations. Franchise law differs from other small-business law in many important ways. An experienced franchise lawyer who understands these differences can spare new franchisees from unneeded problems and expense.

There are many excellent franchise attorneys and law practices that specialize in franchise law. In this section you will find fresh, informative articles and guides to help you not only find the franchise legal guidance you need, but also the names of attorneys and law firms that can help you keep ahead of the game in the area of franchise law.

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Cheng Cohen
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Cheng Cohen
Cheng Cohen's Franchise & Distribution Group provides franchisors, licensors and manufacturers the comprehensive legal services needed to get their products and services to market efficiently and economically.

Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
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Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank's national franchise practice is dedicated to serving the needs of franchisors seeking to expand and grow their brands. Our franchise specialists deliver strategic real estate solutions to attract the optimal franchisees.

Management 2000
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Management 2000
Management 2000 serving Franchisors since 1981. Our expertise: Granting Franchises, Train Field Consultants, Planning Meeting, Measure Customer Satisfaction, Write & Update Operating Manuals, Franchisees' Profit & Growth, Convention Speeches.

Roetzel
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Roetzel
Our Franchise Law attorneys at Roetzel are extensively experienced with and understand the complex franchising issues of both the franchisor and franchisees.

Michael H. Seid & Associates
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Michael H. Seid & Associates
MSA provides domestic and international franchise advisory services to franchisors and companies seeking to establish franchise and licensing systems.

Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
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Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Faegre Baker Daniel's franchise lawyers have helped hundreds of emerging and market-leading franchisors launch, grow, protect and evolve successful systems in a wide range of industries. Few law firms approach franchising with the same passion...



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Card-Carrying Facts: New Gift Card Regulations For Retailers

By Jan Gilbert and Suzie Loonam Trigg | Read Full Story

Gift cards can be an important component of customer loyalty programs. They can help attract customers, driving sales and brand awareness. New federal rules governing the use of gift cards have recently gone into effect. You certainly should be aware of and comply with the new laws.

Franchise Law: One Time Attorney Makes Case For Franchising

Multi-Unit Franchisee | Read Full Story

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, Danny Sonenshine quickly found himself working as a litigator and transactional attorney at major firms in Orange County.

Leaving The Law Behind: A Career Change To Franchising

By Debbie Selinsky | Read Full Story

After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania and Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, Danny Sonenshine quickly found himself working as a litigator and transactional attorney at major firms in Orange County. It didn't take long for the Laguna Beach native to realize a few things about himself--realities that led him to leave the practice of law after six years for the very different field of franchising and restaurants.

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