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30 04, 2021

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

2021-04-30T21:49:27-04:00April 30th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

As attorneys, we protect our clients with the contracts we write, the clauses we negotiate, and the words we choose. However, words are not magic and not the end of the discussion in any legal analysis or dispute. The words are a road map and documentation of what the parties intended the legal relationship to be, but they aren’t the “last word,” so to speak, in most instances. By Tom Spadea


27 02, 2021

Legal: What Business Are You In?

2021-02-27T22:25:18-05:00February 27th, 2021|Tags: , , , |

Seems like a simple enough question. However, I think many franchisors forget they are in two businesses. One is the underlying subject matter expert on the service provided to consumers, such as a restaurant, gym, roofing, etc. But the second, and increasingly more important, as your system grows, is the business of franchising. By Tom Spadea


30 11, 2020

FDD Hero

2020-11-30T21:40:56-05:00November 30th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

It’s that time again, when most franchisors start to think about updating their Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) for next year. Around the time this article gets published in early December, if you are a franchisor client of ours, you should be receiving your first “FDD Renewal Reminder” email. By Tom Spadea


1 10, 2020

Valuing Your System: The Devil is in the details

2020-10-01T00:41:47-04:00October 1st, 2020|Tags: , |

Every month I sit down to write a column about the things that are important and impactful to a franchisor from my perspective as a franchise attorney. This month, I decided that nothing says it better than one of my favorite phrases; the devil is in the details. And the details that trip up many franchisors are the state of their franchise agreements. By Tom Spadea


7 07, 2020

Legal: Conflict Resolution

2020-08-07T16:07:13-04:00July 7th, 2020|Tags: , , , |

Ideally, people buy a franchise because they believe in the franchisor and the system, so it stands to reason that they would be eager to follow that system for the benefit of all. Unfortunately, it won’t come as shock to most franchisors to hear that it doesn’t always transpire exactly as planned. By Tom Spadea


1 05, 2020

Keep Calm and Carry On

2020-05-01T13:16:02-04:00May 1st, 2020|Tags: , , , |

A few years ago I visited London with my wife and kids and one of the highlights for me was our visit to Churchill’s War Rooms. In this time of uncertainty and stress, it calms me to think about what others have endured and overcome. When things happen that are completely out of our control, all we can control is how we react. By Tom Spadea