If you decide to get a legal review, then it’s important to use an experienced franchise attorney, not an attorney friend of the family. Here are some quick tips:
- Make sure you are using an attorney who is familiar with franchise agreements. You wouldn't use a foot doctor for brain surgery. Keep in mind that lawyers specialize as well. You want a franchise attorney that commonly reviews franchise agreements for potential franchisees (contract and transactional franchise law). It typically will cost around $2,000 for them to review a number of items for you. Make sure you agree on a fixed rate.
- Most franchisor’s do not make changes to the franchise agreement. Do not pay to have an attorney rewrite chunks of the franchise agreement.
- Get a legal review just before Discovery Day. Timing is important. You do not want the review too early, and you do not want it too late.
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