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At Spadea, Lanard & Lignana, we are in the business of helping businesses organize, grow, and thrive. For more than two decades, our attorneys have helped clients throughout Pennsylvania and the nation make their business dreams a reality, including those seeking franchise opportunities.
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We custom-tailor effective legal solutions for small and medium-sized businesses of all types. We provide the legal underpinnings essential to business success. Contact our business attorneys if you are:
- An entrepreneur with an exciting new business idea
- Anyone with a business agreement, commercial lease, or non-compete agreement that needs to be prepared, reviewed or renegotiated
- A business owner who is dissatisfied with his or her current legal advisor
- An individual purchasing a franchise business or a business owner who wants to franchise a successful business concept
- An individual wishing to purchase or a business owner who wants to sell a business
- A business owner with employees or looking to obtain employees
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The description of a successful corporate counsel could be paraphrased: "Don't tell me why it won't work. Find a way to make it happen." We take that approach when we are helping our clients. We provide all the services of an in-house corporate counsel without the overhead.
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If you have dealt with attorneys before, you may be surprised to find that we speak your language, not legalese, and we understand business. We not only translate legal concepts into plain English, we will explain exactly what they mean to your business and your bottom line. Then we take action on your behalf, deftly navigating the murky waters of the law until we reach the best possible outcome to your legal situation. You will find our team of uniquely qualified, skilled attorneys listen, understand, and are responsive to all your legal needs.
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When you are buying an existing franchise business, you have several issues about which to be concerned. You will need to make sure that this is the right franchise system in which you should invest. You will need to form an entity to have title to the franchise and assets you will be acquiring and you will need to evaluate the actual business you will be acquiring from the current franchisee/seller. Read more »
When you are buying an existing franchise business, you have several issues about which to be concerned. You will need to make sure that this is the right franchise system in which you should invest. You will need to form an entity to have title to the franchise and assets you will be acquiring and you will need to evaluate the actual business you will be acquiring from the current franchisee/seller.
In evaluating if this is the right franchise system in which to invest, you will need to do all of the validation/due diligence that you should do when investing in any franchise. You should speak to as many existing franchisees around the country as you have time to call to determine if they recommend the franchise. I typically recommend at least 10% of the existing franchisees (more if it is small franchise system and less if there are hundreds or thousands of franchisees). The existing franchisees are your best resource. After you have spoken with the franchisees of the franchise system, you should retain experienced franchisee counsel, like us, to review the documents and advise you on them. Read more »
Many times franchisee consultants or brokers are concerned to recommend that their candidates have an attorney review of the franchise documents. I would strongly recommend otherwise. An attorney review not only is critical to a prospective franchisee, but it is also very important to protect the consultant or broker.
By recommending that a candidate have the franchise documents reviewed by an experienced franchisee attorney like me or my firm, a franchise consultant or broker is protecting him or herself from potential liability if the franchise he or she recommended is not successful or otherwise does not work out for the franchisee. By just sending an introductory email introducing me to the candidate, the franchisee consultant or broker has avoided being the last person to "touch" the franchise that the candidate or prospective franchisee considers. This means that a disgruntled franchisee will not blame the consultant or broker, or if he or she does, then the consultant or broker can always say that he/she recommended that the candidate retain an attorney. Read more »
Buying an existing franchise has some key advantages over buying an existing main street business. Like all business decisions, the short term and long term goals of the purchaser should determine the right fit for a business to buy. If the buyer’s goal is lifestyle, control (compared to a job) and predictable cash flow than a franchise has some distinct advantages. However, there are also some hidden cost and considerations that are unique to franchise transfers. Read more »
Nancy Lanard was selected to be interviewed on the Blog Talk Radio program "Franchise Focus" by Rick Bisio on the topic of what someone should look for in a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). Nancy Lanard's interview (given in two parts) covered such topics as what is the Franchise Disclosure Document, why is it important to review it, what does each of the items to the Franchise Disclosure Document cover and each of their importance. Nancy Lanard's radio interviews shed important light on each item of the Franchise Disclosure Document/FDD and are a must listen for any prospective franchisee. Read more »