We represent all types of clients in franchise transactional matters, regulatory compliance matters and counseling.
In this web site, you will find answers to many questions you may have about franchising. Much of the information on this site is organized according to the various types of clients we represent. On the web page for each of these different types of clients, you will find an overview of the types of legal services we provide and other helpful information.
If you have any questions that are not answered in this web site, or if you want to discuss any of these issues in more detail, we invite you to call or send an e-mail to us. Our initial consultation is free.
Brief Summary of Practice
1. Start-Up Franchisors
We represent entrepreneurs who want to launch new franchise systems based on successful business concepts they have developed. We help these clients with legal and business issues involved in setting up the new franchise system, preparing the legal documents, and otherwise complying with federal and state laws regulating franchising.
2. Existing Franchisors
We represent existing franchisors with the various franchise legal issues involved in managing and maintaining a healthy franchise system, including the required annual update of the franchise disclosure document (FDD) and annual renewal of state franchise registrations. Existing franchisors which did not use Vinson Franchise Law Firm to prepare their franchise documents often hire us to review and improve their franchise documents, such as by translating the documents into plain English (instead of legalese) or by more closely tailoring their documents to fit their franchise system (especially if the documents were originally prepared by a franchise development company).
We also assist existing franchisors with routine legal issues involved in managing a franchise system, such as defaults, terminations, and buy-backs, and with major issues affecting a franchise system, such as franchise system purchases and sales, and implementing major system changes.
3. International Franchising
We work with international franchisors and master franchisees who want to franchise in the United States. We help these clients with legal and business issues involved in setting up the new franchise system in the United States, preparing the legal documents, and otherwise complying with federal and state laws regulating franchising.
We also represent U.S. franchisors who want to franchise internationally. We prepare international master franchise agreements and work with local franchise counsel in the relevant foreign countries.
We represent prospective franchisees who are considering purchasing a franchise. For these clients, we review and comment on the franchisor's FDD, and, if requested, we assist in the negotiation of changes to the franchise agreement.
We also assist existing franchisees with other transactions such as transfers and franchisor buy-backs.
5. Alternative Methods of Distribution
Vinson Franchise Law Firm also helps companies consider alternatives to franchising. But, in most cases, it is impossible to have a system that has the benefits of a franchise without having to comply with federal and state franchise laws.
Where Our Clients Are
We are available to serve as franchise lawyer / franchise attorney / franchise counsel for clients located in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming. We have experience with the franchise and business opportunity laws in all of these states.
We also have worked with clients based in foreign countries, including Canada, India, Mexico, and New Zealand.
We look forward to hearing from you when you are ready to take the next step in franchising. Remember, there is no charge for initial consultation.
Licensed in California, Nevada and Texas. Not certified as to any specialty by any state bars.
This web site provides general information only. Laws differ from state to state, and they change over time. Nothing included in this web site should be construed as creating an attorney-client relationship, or as the provision of legal advice.
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