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North Carolina Franchise Lawyers

Running a business is a complex endeavor, and in some situations, your business may outgrow a single location and become even more complicated. Expansion is possible, but you may not wish to personally dedicate the time or resources to oversee a second location.

Converting your business into a franchise may be the best solution in such cases. It may allow you to reap the benefits of owning the intellectual property behind your business while allowing franchisees to operate their own locations independently.

A North Carolina franchise lawyer could help you understand the legal and business planning steps involved with creating a franchise. Once retained, your attorney could combine their experience with your personal business goals to create a franchise plan that fits your needs.

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Practice Areas

Our franchise lawyers are based in Charlotte, North Carolina, and represent clients nationwide. We are ready to help you take the legal and business planning steps necessary when creating a franchise. We combine experience with personal business goals to create a franchise plan to fit your needs.

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Established Franchisors
You’ve worked hard to build your business to the point where you could franchise it. Let us manage your compliance with federal franchise laws and state registration regulations. You’re the best at what you do, and we strive to be the best at what we do. Together, we can pave the way for your franchise’s success.
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Start-Up Franchisors
We love entrepreneurs because we are entrepreneurs. Your spirit, drive, and motivation are what set you apart from the 9-5 masses. Franchising your business is, frankly, a great way to turn your business into a money-making machine. We regularly work with small businesses in developing their brand and operation so that they are positioned to franchise when the time is right.
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Legal Steps to Create a Franchise

Creating a franchise involves many complex legal steps, the first of which is seeking a federal trademark or patent to give the inventors of a product or process the legal right of ownership over that property. The holder of a trademark or patent has the exclusive rights to use that trademark or to sell those items on the open market. However, a franchisee will also be utilizing those marks and selling the owner’s product through a franchise agreement, so it is essential to get a trademark or patent certification in order to protect legal ownership of those items and prevent future conflict over ownership.

The next step is to create a franchise disclosure document—one of many tasks a North Carolina franchise attorney could assist with—outlining the general terms of the relationship. This gives the franchisee an opportunity to negotiate terms, consult with their own legal counsel and discuss plans with an accountant. At the same time, the franchisor may need to register the franchise as a “business opportunity” with the North Carolina Secretary of State.

If the two parties agree that a business relationship is amenable, they would sign a final franchise agreement which specifies the right to use the franchisor’s intellectual property, provides an outline of day-to-day activities, and states the price of the franchise among many other things. Once they sign the franchise agreement, the franchisee is free to operate their business under those stipulations.

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How We Got Here

Jason Power and Jonathan Barber met while working at another law firm. Together, they launched Franchise.Law on May 5, 2016 with the vision of developing lifelong relationships with their clients, promoting transparency in billing practices, building a family-focused law firm, and becoming a major player in the franchise industry. Jason’s deep network of contacts and decade of franchise experience combine with Jonathan’s entrepreneurial spirit and service skills into an exceptional client experience.

 

Jason W. Power
Partner
Jason values honesty, integrity, family, hard work, and dedication. He has a healthy disregard for the impossible, and will do whatever it takes to come up with a solution. Jason buys into his clients’ success, and always carries the mindset of “what can we do to help them grow and keep them out of trouble.” He is also motivated by the desire to better himself, his family, and his clients’ lives.
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Jonathan N. Barber
Partner
Jonathan Barber is a passionate and experienced corporate transactions and litigations attorney. He has ample experience with large finance corporations, but his true passion lies in working with entrepreneurs and small businesses. This led him to the Liberty University School of Law where he studied transactional law.
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Our clients know about our work and we are proud to share their experiences with our legal services. No matter your franchise concerns, our firm of dedicated North Carolina franchise lawyers is here to provide you with guidance throughout your business venture.
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North Carolina Franchise Attorneys

Guidance Throughout the Franchising Process

Licensing other parties to operate franchises may allow an owner to collect income from their products or business model without personally running an additional location of their business. A Charlotte franchise lawyer could help guide you through the necessary steps to turn your business into a successful franchise. Call today to learn more.

Franchise.Law Entrepreneur Scholarship

Do you have an idea for a business you want to start? How would you run it and stay on top of its industry’s trends? Share your idea by applying for Franchise.Law’s Entrepreneur Scholarship! This scholarship will allow students who are aspiring entrepreneurs to dive more into their business idea. Find more details on our scholarship page.

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