Finance and Legal

By Michael Seid, Managing Director, MSA Worldwide I frequently get requests from people wanting recommendations for local lawyers or consultants to work with them, either in starting a franchise system or for evaluating a franchise opportunity. These requests are proactive...
Of all the mistakes new business owners make, the most fatal is failing to anticipate the cost of getting and staying in business. When you begin to explore franchising, you quickly discover that one of its benefits is having franchisors...
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A franchise agreement is a contract; it identifies the rights and obligations of both the franchisor and the franchisee, so any attorney who is competent to review a contract should be able to review a franchise agreement, right? Likely not....
as printed in: Franchise Law News - Q4 2011 by: Michael Seid and Kay Ainsley The most obvious area in franchising where the lines between franchise consultants and lawyers frequently blur is within the professional services provided to emerging franchisors. Companies...
First published in Franchise Law News, Q4 2011 The most obvious area in franchising where the lines between consultants and lawyers frequently blur is within the professional services provided to emerging franchisors. Companies new to franchising have difficulty understanding the...
Seemingly every article about franchisee litigation opens with the author spending time on how you should find ways to avoid it. I wrote that column some months back in Franchise Times, and it is worth re-reading as a prescriptive way...
MSA routinely works with lawyers in developing the franchise documents used by both new and existing franchisors. Helping our franchisor clients make the choice of which law firm to work with is an integral part of our practice. Having a...
Franchisee attorneys and other advocates looking to level the playing field between franchisors and franchisees have attempted to expand the rights of franchisees by undertaking to negate the importance of the written bargain between the parties. They have also attempted...
Since the late 1940s, franchising has served as a vehicle with which small businesses have grown successfully into national chains. Franchising has also provided individuals with the opportunity to achieve their "Great American Dream" of business ownership. Franchising will continue...