What Happened to The Franchise Guru?

Franchise GuruIn May 2019, legendary franchise attorney Harold L. Kestenbaum and the entire practice of HLK, P.C., joined the Spadea Lignana team.  Harold, known as “The Franchise Guru,” continues to provide legal services to his existing clients. The combined firm now represents over 250 franchise systems nationwide.
Spadea Lignana is headquartered in Philadelphia, but Harold and his team still operate out of their office in Melville, New York.

A Pioneer in the Franchise Industry

What Harold has built over four plus decades of practice is not only impressive, but unrivaled in the franchise industry.  He has created a unique and sophisticated legal representation model for franchisors. The Spadea Lignana team is thrilled to have an even more skilled team with the addition of these new team members.

Services for Franchisors

Harold will continue to offer the same personalized legal services, backed by a larger team. These services include:

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The CORE Program: Flat Monthly Fees for Franchisors

Spadea Lignana’s CORE program for franchisors is a cost-effective and practical solution for the ongoing legal needs of franchisors, including but not limited to, FDD updates, state registrations and franchise agreement executions. Through a proprietary cloud-based system we can effectively and efficiently manage FDD Disclosures and Franchise Agreement executions for fair flat fees billed monthly. We believe that hourly billing, although necessary in certain circumstances like complex M&A deals and litigation, can weigh on the relationship between client and attorney.  By coming up with a fair flat monthly fee, the uncomfortable negotiating of whether or not a 6 minute increment in your bill for replying to an email was legitimate goes away.

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