Franchises are different than owning your own business entity. While you typically are required to sign lease agreements, hire your own employees, and deal with day-to-day operations, the parent company generally has expectations which must be met. Some of these expectations include working with the suppliers selected by the parent company, having the same signage and pricing as similar franchises, and in most cases, paying a franchise fee.
The rules pertaining to franchises are different than maintaining a business where you are in control of these issues. Before you sign a contract with a franchise, you should take the time to have the agreement reviewed by an attorney knowledgeable about franchise law. Remember, you assume most of the same risks associated with ownership of a business of a similar nature, but you may not have a say in much of how your business operates.
We can help make sure your rights are protected when you agree to open a franchise in Macon or Warner Robbins, GA. We have helped other local business owners understand what they have agreed to and helped mediate disputes between the parent company and franchise owners.
Whether you are considering entering into a franchise agreement or you are in a dispute involving a franchise, contact Bennett Law and Mediation Services LLC today and let us help you navigate the complexities involved in franchise ownership.