Both sides of a franchise agreement often begin their relationship fueled by excitement and optimism about the potential for success. That success is more likely with the assistance of a trusted counselor who guides parties through the legal requirements and risks of the franchise. At Mallernee, Branch & Daffner L.L.P., we represent both franchisors and franchisees, analyzing proposed agreements, preparing required documents, and advising on regulatory rules. We also handle disputes over matters such as termination issues, non-competition covenants and buyouts. Attorney Tom Branch draws on years of experience to counsel and guide clients in the franchise arena. Representing both franchisors and franchisees gives us a distinct advantage serving the needs and priorities of each party. We know the expense and time that can be wasted in litigation, so we first and foremost act as problem solvers, seeking business solutions to business issues.
Relying on his many years of handling franchise transactions, Tom Branch provides high-quality legal assistance in the preparation of the documents required for a franchisor. Compliance with both federal and state law is critical and you want to use someone who knows the rules and can give you prompt and practical advice, so that your franchise operation will comply with applicable laws. His years of experience also enables him to know the areas of conflict between franchisors and franchisees, so that potential disputes can be headed off before they arise. The firm performs state franchise filings for many franchisors in multiple states and Mr. Branch knows what needs to be done with your franchise registration program and can explain the process to you.
Buying a franchise can be an intimidating process, with lengthy and unfamiliar documents. Mr. Branch can help a prospective franchisee evaluate a franchise opportunity and answer questions about the documents. He can help a new franchisee establish a business entity and negotiate a real estate lease. He can also work with a franchisee who is in a franchise that is not performing well or is under threat of termination. Having the experience of representing both franchisors and franchisees gives him the background to work toward solutions that make sense for the parties.