Franchising an existing business is a big step that companies should not take without a great deal of planning and the counsel of an experienced franchise attorney. The lawyers of Caulkins & Bruce, PC provide a wide range of legal services to start-up and established franchisors.
The first step to franchising a business is to establish a marketable business model — one that has unique attributes and a proven record of success. But once an established business decides to franchise, there are several steps it must take. Virginia and Maryland, along with many other states, require franchisors to go through a registration process before offering a franchise for sale.
Prior to entering a franchise agreement with a prospective buyer, franchisors must provide a document containing extensive disclosures regarding the business. These federally mandated disclosures appear in the Federal Trade Commission’s “Franchise Rule.” Some states, including Virginia and Maryland, impose additional disclosure requirements and prohibitions. As franchise attorneys with more than 35 years of combined experience in franchise law, Caulkins & Bruce attorneys help new and established franchisors navigate these complex requirements to position their brands for success.
Even for existing franchisors, changes in the law, the market, the business climate or simply lessons learned from practical experience may necessitate periodic adjustments to franchise documents or structure. The complexity of franchise agreements creates the ever-present potential for disputes with franchisees. The franchise law attorneys of Caulkins & Bruce provide the numerous services existing franchisors need to get the most from their franchise systems.
The law firm of Caulkins & Bruce, PC primarily serves clients throughout Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Our Arlington office is located near the Courthouse Metro Station. Our Fairfax office is in close proximity to the Fairfax County Government Center and the Fairfax County Courthouse. Our Leesburg office is located near the Loudoun County Circuit Court. The firm offers flexible scheduling by special arrangement. Call the office toll-free at 1-888-558-5799 or complete the online contact form to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your legal issue with an experienced attorney.
"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."