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Understanding the Franchise Disclosure Document

One of the more difficult tasks confronting potential franchisees is navigating and understanding the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). The average FDD contains over 200 pages filled with complex sentences, polysyllabic words, and legal boilerplate. It is a document written by lawyers for one purpose: protecting franchisors from future liabilities to franchisees.

Commercial Leases and Franchise Agreements

Franchise agreements and commercial real estate leases are complicated and contain specialized language with unique meanings. An inexperienced reader may not know the legally assumed obligations under either contract. The terms of a commercial property lease must allow the franchisor to protect its business interests and simultaneously permit the franchisee to operate profitability. Whether you are a franchisee or a franchisor, pursue the advice of an attorney experienced in franchise and real estate law before signing any agreement.

8 Legal Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Franchise

Whether buying a security or opening a franchise, the outcome of a business decision generally correlates with the research and preparation before commitment. It is always better to be over-prepared than under-prepared. The imagined benefits of the future do not so blind successful people that they forget the possible potholes and obstacles along the way.

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