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How to Survive a Pandemic: Tips for franchisees

Over the last few weeks, franchisees across the country have been faced with challenges no one ever imagined. Franchisees operate in some of the hardest hit businesses including fitness, food service, and health and beauty. Whether your business has suffered from a sudden drop in sales, shifted to take out only, or been forced to close, Coronavirus is likely forcing you to ask hard questions about how your franchised business can survive.

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Yes, You Do Need to Get Your FDD Reviewed When Buying a Franchise

Do you wonder whether there is value in hiring a franchisee attorney to review your Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) before you commit to buying a franchise? Every prospective franchise asks that question. The question is legitimate. The answer is a resounding “yes”. A few hundred dollars invested today can literally save you and your family from personal bankruptcy.

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Buying a Franchise – Beware of Freedom of Contract

When buying a franchise, you should beware of “freedom of contract”. Freedom of contract is a bedrock concept of the legal system. It presumes that every person understands every word of every contract and that their “self-interest” will cause them to not sign unfair or ill-advised contracts.

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Franchisees should never use business computer for personal matters

If you follow best practices as a franchisee, you will never use the computer for personal matters. It is tempting and far more convenient, but extremely dangerous. Most franchise agreements give the franchisor “unfettered” access to your computer and all information on it. If you email your sister complaining about how the franchisor treated you, the franchisor has the right to read it, and you should assume they will.

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Best Practices – Don’t Use the Computer for Personal Matters

If you follow best practices as a franchisee, you will never use the computer for personal matters. It is tempting and far more convenient, but extremely dangerous. Most franchise agreements give the franchisor “unfettered” access to your computer and all information on it. If you email your sister complaining about how the franchisor treated you, the franchisor has the right to read it, and you should assume they will.

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Fichter Receives Award for Writing

The Bundy Law Firm is proud to that its associate, Caroline Fichter is the 2016 recipient of the American Bar Association Forum on Franchising Chair’s Award for Substantial Writing Work or Presentation for her law journal article “Surviving the Tempest: Franchisees in the Brave New World of Joint Employers and $15 Now.” In the article, Caroline and her co-author, Erin Conway of the Garner & Ginsburg firm in Minneapolis, explore the ramifications of recent national labor board decisions and minimum wage increases from a franchisee perspective.

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After Buying a Franchise, Two More Families Facing Bankruptcy

Another day and two more prospective clients calling for help because they bought franchises. One in the senior health care industry; one in the men’s hair care industry. Both suffered devastating losses. In under two years, one lost $600,000; the other “only” $100,000. In both cases, they have nothing left and I had to talk to them about consulting a bankruptcy attorney.

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