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A Blog All About the Expansion and Protection of Your Business and Business Interests

The Internicola Law Firm Blog is all about the expansion, protection and improvement of your business and business interests. In this popular publication Charles N. Internicola, Esq. and the attorneys at The Internicola Law Firm discuss important issues involving:

  • Franchising Your Business;
  • Buying a Franchise;
  • Business Transactions;
  • Partnership Disputes; and
  • Legal counsel for your business

Franchisee Compliance – Common Sense Steps for Partnering with Counsel

There comes a point during the growth of every new franchise system when the franchisor has to start thinking about using an attorney to assist with franchisee compliance matters. Of course, an important first step is to select the right attorney who is experienced in working with startup franchisors and…

Date: 03/16/2016 | Category: Corporate Counsel

Franchise Consultants, False Starts and Franchise Violations

In “A Franchise Consultant’s Legal Nightmare,” Janet Sparks at Blue MauMau discusses some of the legal issues that Christopher Conner and Franchise Marketing Systems may be facing regarding some of the franchise brands they represent. As I stated in my comment to Janet’s article, while I am not familiar with…

Date: 03/10/2016 | Category: Start a Franchise

Franchisors: Are Your Franchisees “Raving Fans”?

While franchisee failure may be inevitable for a select percentage of franchisees and, in may cases, may have nothing to do with the franchise system (i.e., a franchisee who refuses to roll up his or her sleeves and commit to hard work), one thing that this economic downturn has exposed…

Date: 03/07/2016 | Category: Start a Franchise

Intellectual Property: A Two Sided Coin for Franchisors and Entrepreneurs

If you are a successful franchisor or entrepreneur (of a non-franchised business), chances are that you place great priority on the development of your intellectual property such as your trademarks, trade designs, and innovations that may be the subject of a patent. While successful business owners and entrepreneurs are great…

Date: 02/29/2016 | Category: Intellectual Property

What the Media Wants: Getting PR Exposure

Matt Diaz, Account Manager | No Limit Agency As Featured in Charles N. Internicola’s Business & Franchise Law Report Vol. 4 Issue 2 Not until I became a Franchisor did I fully appreciate the value of public relations and the value that a dedicated agency can bring to a business….

Date: 02/26/2016 | Category: General

Strategic Planning and Lessons Learned at Infusionsoft

As Featured in Charles N. Internicola’s Business & Franchise Law Report Vol. 4 Issue 2 This past month our team had the opportunity to attend a mastermind and strategic planning meeting at Infusionsoft Headquarters in Chandler, Arizona. It was a great trip and turns out that while we were in…

Date: 02/26/2016 | Category: General

The “Franchisor’s Mindset”: Some Factors that Franchisors and Franchisees Should Consider

For both (a) franchisees deciding on the right franchise investment; and (b) franchisors establishing a solid franchise system, the right mindset is critical. That is, it is critical that your understanding of franchise opportunities and franchise systems go beyond the generalized and involve a detailed understanding and evaluation of the…

Date: 02/22/2016 | Category: General

Franchisors: How Do You Reduce your “Litigation Exposure” and “Legal Fees”?

Short Answer: avoid lawsuits.  That is, work on and establish with your legal counsel, legal systems, and procedures that is designed to avoid unnecessary litigation. (Slightly longer answer follows) While the advice that I am offering here may sound obvious and, possibly, even a little self-serving, it is nevertheless an…

Date: 02/15/2016 | Category: Corporate Counsel

Franchisee Profitability: 8 Days, 8 Months or 8 Years

This afternoon in consulting with a client who had recently signed a franchise agreement involving a substantial commitment of capital, I was reminded about the importance of maintaining realistic expectations when buying a franchise. When discussing his expectations about his franchise purchase and the business that he will be developing,…

Date: 02/08/2016 | Category: General

Franchisor Basics: Disclosure of Financial Statements

Under the Federal Franchise Rule franchisors are required to disclose their “Financial Statements” in Item 21 of the Franchise Disclosure Document. All financial statements must be prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principals (GAAP) and in all but an extremely limited number of situations involving a start-up franchisor, a…

Date: 02/01/2016 | Category: Start a Franchise