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11 Questions to Ask a Potential Franchisee

As a franchisor, you know that clear communication matters. This is particularly important when one is considering entering into a relationship with a potential franchisee. So, consider making a face-to-face or video call interview a part of the franchise sales process. While an interview may not provide the answers for everything, it can help you get a better feel for a new franchisee. After... Read More

7 Common Franchisor Problems

The franchise structure can give you a leg up in building your business. But if you aren’t prepared to face the following common problems, they could easily derail your company. A franchise owner must know how to handle finances, taxes, people and day-to-day operations in order to create a strong foundation. To help you avoid some common missteps, here’s a list of potential issues: 1) Unclear... Read More

How do businesses develop?

Are you considering starting a business? Want to know what that process can be like? The good news is that you can benefit from the experience of those who have gone before you. According to an article in Inc.com, there are seven stages of growth for every business. Here’s how they play out:   Stage 1 – the Idea Before you can start a business, you will, of course, need an idea of what... Read More

Independent Franchisee Association for McDonald’s Franchisees

Independent Franchisee Association for McDonald’s Franchisees In an earlier blog post, we wrote about the benefits to franchisees in forming an association and outlined how to go about doing so. Recently, a group of McDonald’s franchisees did just that. According to a recent article by Nancy Luna in Nation’s Restaurant News, more than 400 McDonald’s U.S.-based franchisees took steps to form... Read More

Lusthaus Law P.C.’S Julie Lusthaus Elected to second term on the governing committee of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising

HARRISON, NY – Lusthaus Law P.C. is pleased to announce that Partner Julie Lusthaus has been elected to serve another three-year term on the Governing Committee of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising as a Member-at-Large. The announcement is a further acknowledgment of both the firm and Julie Lusthaus’ longstanding contribution to the franchise community. From its inception,... Read More

What do you need to know before you sell your business?

What do you need to know before you sell your business? Your business is successful and you have enjoyed a good run. But now, you are considering selling. Where to start?  Here are several pre-sale steps to consider. How-to prepare your business for sale Before you can sell your business, your paperwork must be in order. This means compiling your company’s financial information,... Read More

Court Says Servers and Bartenders are Entitled to Full Minimum Wage

Court Says Servers and Bartenders are Entitled to Full Minimum Wage Whether you operate a standalone diner or multiple, fast casual restaurant franchises, pay attention to this potential wage exposure. Do you have to pay servers minimum wage? Maybe. A federal appeals court in California has determined that servers, bartenders and other tipped employees are entitled to receive full minimum... Read More

What do franchisees need to know about leases?

What do franchisees need to know about leases? What do franchisees need to know about real estate? What do franchisees need to know about leases? Plenty.   I have found the perfect spot to locate my franchise. Now what? You’ve bought a franchise. You attended the franchisor’s training. And now you have located what you believe will be the perfect location for your business.   You... Read More

The 23 items in your franchise disclosure document

The 23 items in your franchise disclosure document Thinking about expanding through franchising? Then, one of the first things you will need to do is have a franchise disclosure document (FDD) prepared. Second, you will have to register that FDD in the states that require registration, and then, as a franchisor, you will issue that FDD to prospective franchisees.   The benefit to... Read More

Is your franchise system a “no poaching zone?”

Is your franchise system a “no poaching zone?” New York Times Reporter Rachel Adams recently wrote about a group of states attorneys general investigating whether some fast food franchisors were forbidding franchisees from hiring the employees of others in the same system. The attorneys general, including those from California, Massachusetts and New York, asked several large franchise companies... Read More

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