Franchise Law

Franchise Law

Andersen, Tate & Carr, P.C. provides knowledgeable advice to businesses and individuals looking to start a new venture or to expand and grow their existing business through buying or selling a franchise.  Whether you are in Gwinnett County, or in the surrounding Metro Atlanta area or elsewhere in the United States, our expert team is prepared to successfully lead you through the franchise maze.  We work with our clients to determine whether franchising is right for their business and whether your desired growth and distribution goals can be met through a more efficient and cost-effective arrangement that avoids the expense and disclosure involved with franchises and business opportunities. Such options may include:

For those clients who choose to franchise or have an existing franchise operation, our firm provides counsel and assistance in all aspects of starting and operating a franchise system or individual franchised location(s), including:

  • Selection and organization of the franchisor or franchisee business structure
  • Regulatory compliance, including state franchise filings and registrations and practice under the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Amended Franchise Rule
  • Preparing and updating the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) (formerly known as the Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (UFOC))
  • Trademark, patent or copyright licensing arrangements
  • Antitrust issues
  • Franchise salesmen and broker disclosures
  • Drafting and enforcing franchise agreements
  • Restrictive covenants and covenants not to compete
  • Operations and training manuals
  • Franchisor-franchisee relations
  • Franchise Advisory Councils (FAC)
  • Independent franchisee associations
  • Owner-operated franchises
  • Distressed franchises
  • Franchising disputes

Our experienced franchise lawyers also provide advice on business opportunity laws and regulations, including the FTC’s Disclosure Requirements and Prohibitions Concerning Business Opportunities and various state laws. In addition, the firm’s wide variety of practice areas allows us to assist our franchise clients with general corporate and litigation needs related to their business, such as drafting and reviewing retail and office leases, sourcing and supply agreements, and employment issues.

If you would like more information about Franchise Law, schedule a consultation with one of our franchise attorneys today.



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