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Buy a Franchise

If you’re buying a franchise and found an opportunity that you are interested in, it’s important to understand the steps to take, how to protect yourself, the FDD disclosures, and the negotiated franchise agreement changes that need to be made to lock down your rights as a prospective franchisee.

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Why Work With Us?

Legal Protection and Guidance through Buying a Franchise

The Internicola Law Firm, PC is a franchise-only law firm. That means we have worked with hundreds of franchisees throughout the country, and we have the expertise to help guide you through the process of buying a franchise. Our main priority is to empower you so you understand exactly what your legal obligations are and your protections.

Legal Representation

Built for Franchise Buyers

Led by Charles N. Internicola, Esq. and Brian Lincer, Esq., our team takes you through the entire process to make your experience with us as seamless as possible. You may be looking for information and assistance about how a franchise law firm can help you out, what’s a good value, and how we can make a difference in this very important decision that you’re about to make.

In the beginning, we’ll want to talk about your goals, why you’re buying this franchise, and how it’s going to fit into your life. We do this because we want to help guide you in the right direction and to make sure that your expectations are compatible with the disclosures in your franchise agreement.

We are a team of experienced franchise lawyers and franchise professionals. In addition to being a franchise lawyer, Charles is also a franchisor so we understand franchising from both a business and legal aspect and from the perspective of both franchisee and franchisor. You will be working directly with Charles and Brian and your entire representation will be timely coordinated by our Client Services Director Samantha Cavitolo. Our franchise review and representation is backed by our many years of real-world franchise industry experience and a team approach that involves an active working relationship with our clients.

Let’s set up a call to discuss how we can help.

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Our Process

Step-by-Step Process To Protect Your Investment

Our franchise representation begins and ends with the unique goals and expectations of each of our clients. We start off with a conversation about your goals. From there, we craft a detailed review of the FDD and franchise agreement, discuss the franchise due diligence process, and phone conversations with you about the process, negotiate with your franchisor, and prepare proposed franchise agreement amendments.

During our calls, we will talk about how your franchise investment fit into your life and how it’s aligned with your expectations and goals. During our call, we will schedule specific dates for when our FDD Review will be complete.

We will prepare a written report (FDD Review) that assesses the FDD, franchise agreement, and key legal and disclosure issues. We also prepare a draft franchise agreement addendum addressing and modifying key franchise agreement provisions. This review stage typically takes 5 business days.

Based on our assessment, we prepare a proposed addendum to the franchise agreement. This addendum is a proposed agreement modifying the terms of the franchise agreement to address critical legal factors and franchise rights.

We will schedule a planning and strategy call to get your input, answer your questions, and to finalize our negotiating strategy and the addendum that we will present to the franchisor.

We negotiate with the franchisor and their legal counsel. We also work with you on communications that you may also be having with the franchisor and the franchisor’s sales team.

Following negotiations, we work with you through signing the franchise agreement. Also, if you decide to walk away from the transaction, we are also there to give you our candid guidance.
While we are reviewing the FDD, we will encourage you to engage in additional due diligence steps which may involve questions or emails that we may prepare for you to send to the franchisor and for you to contact existing and former franchisees of the system. Also, we have great resources for you in Entrepreneurs Guide to Purchasing a Franchise.

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Timing & Pricing

Our turnaround time is 5 business days from when you retain us. So, we’ll get started right away reviewing the FDD, look for red flags, evaluate the legal disclosures, compare it to the franchise agreement, and send you a detailed review letter that highlights all these points.

Our Fixed Fee

Our fixed fee is $2,500.00. There’s no surprise billing and no unexpected expenses. We can have as many as 50 calls or as little as 2 calls and you will not incur extra costs from us. The key is to make sure you go through the process the right way.

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