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Should I Franchise My Business?

Franchises have become part of our everyday experience. We eat at franchise restaurants, shop at franchise clothing and home goods stores and sleep at franchise hotels. Franchising as a business concept developed and became popular in fast food and retail sales businesses. But over the last 20 years franchising has expanded to businesses offering all Read More

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How Much Can a Franchisee Expect to Earn – New Disclosure Guidelines for Franchisors

Almost everyone considering purchasing a franchise business wants to know how much he or she can expect to earn. Federal and state franchise laws and regulations restrict the type and extent of financial performance representations franchisors can make to prospective franchisees. The restrictions are intended to protect prospective franchisees from pie in the sky promises Read More

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CAULKINS & BRUCE VOLUNTEERS FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY

On April 25, 2017, Caulkins & Bruce’s Scott Caulkins and Nick Erickson gave back to the Arlington community as participants in Volunteer Arlington Day, an annual event organized by the Arlington Chamber of Commerce. Caulkins & Bruce worked together with representatives of Clarendon Animal Care to help to clean and organize classrooms at Arlington Arts Read More

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TEN THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN BUYING AN EXISTING FRANCHISE BUSINESS

The typical path to becoming a franchisee is to sign a franchise agreement with a franchisor and open up a new franchise location. In a new, start-up franchise system, this is likely to be the only path to becoming a franchisee. But in an established franchise system with many existing franchisees, you may have an Read More

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Frequently Asked Questions about Franchising

By R. Scott Caulkins What is a franchise, and how does a franchise work? A franchise is a business relationship that is created so that goods and services can be distributed by way of a proven business model. Federal and state laws vary in the way the word “franchise” is defined, but generally a franchise Read More

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Highlights of the 2015 Amendments to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure

The most recent amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure became effective on December 1, 2015. The amendments are to Rules 1, 4, 16, 26, 30, 31, 34, 37, 55 and 84. The amendments are intended to help reduce the expense of litigation, expedite cases by shortening certain time periods, and provide more uniformity Read More

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  • "Obtained a judgment for condominium association in excess of $1 million against developer of condominium in Fairfax County."

  • "Defended an officer of a government contractor in a case involving enforcement of a non-competition agreement."

  • "Defended and achieved favorable settlement of wrongful termination and discrimination claims brought in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia."

  • "Served as outside counsel to several franchisors, prepared franchise agreements, franchise disclosure documents and state franchise registrations, and counseled franchisors regarding franchise compliance issues."

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