One of the most basic regulatory requirements imposed on franchisors related to the delivery of your Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) to prospective franchisees. That is‚ under the Federal Franchise Rule franchisors must deliver and provide a prospective franchisee with the franchisor's FDD no later than 14 calendar days prior to both (a) receiving any funds or payments from the prospective franchisee and (b) entering into any agreement with the prospective franchisee.
After you enter into a franchise agreement it is critical that‚ internally‚ you maintain a compliance file demonstrating that you properly delivered your FDD and you did so in accordance with federal and state law. The most common method for documeting this compliance matter relates to the "FDD Disclosure Receipt" that should be contained or identified in Item 23 of your FDD. Upon delivering your FDD to a prospective franchisee you must have the prospective franchisee sign the disclosure receipt where‚ among other things they acknowledge the date that they received the FDD.
It is also important that you deliver the FDD to the right people such as:
Upon delivery of the FDD‚ you should document the following information:
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Date: 08/13/2010 | Category: Start a Franchise
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