JD Supra:

Lawyers with any knowledge of franchising recognize that a franchisor cannot even take baby steps toward starting its business without engaging the services of an experienced franchise lawyer. But what about the prospective franchisee?

When talking to potential franchisees, a lawyer may hear: “Well, I am told the franchise agreement is not negotiable, so why should I need a lawyer?” or “The franchisor says I don’t really need a lawyer until I start my business or negotiate my lease. What can you do for me now?”

This article is meant to answer these questions. An experienced franchise lawyer can provide a host of valuable services to a prospective franchisee considering an investment in a franchised business and launching that business. A franchise lawyer can educate the new franchisee on the rights and responsibilities of being a member of a franchise system and offer advice about the franchisee’s rights under franchise laws and regulations. Carry on reading.