by iFranchise Group
CEO, Mark Siebert
The Ultimate How-To Guide on Franchising Your Business
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According to a recent case in the US District Court, Northern District of Illinois:
“Drafting franchise agreements, offering circulars, and licensing agreements and executing registration certificates is the practice of law. . . in-house counsel may not act as attorneys on behalf of their employer’s clients. . . simply having a licensed attorney review and “sign off” on those documents does not absolve the company from unauthorized practice (of law).”
So while franchise packagers will tout their “all-under-one-roof” approach, it is a worthwhile exercise to ask why the unauthorized practice of law is prohibited. Why is independent and expert legal representation so vital in the design and implementation of your franchise program?
By contracting with an experienced franchise law firm from the start, you:
For these reasons, iFranchise Group does not provide legal documents itself, but instead always recommends the use of independent franchise counsel. The iFranchise Group coordinates all activities of its members with outside counsel to provide you with a seamless approach to the development of your franchise program, but does not participate in legal fees collected by outside counsel, allowing objectivity in its recommendations of counsel.
For more information about how to choose the right franchise attorney for your company, click here.
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