Business Law Services

Franchisors and franchisees often need help with other legal issues of importance to your business. For example:

Lease Review. The firm will review a proposed real estate lease that you are considering signing as a tenant and make recommendations for changes or additional questions to ask before you sign the lease.

Purchase or Sale of Commercial Real Estate. We can arrange an independent title search to make sure that you can obtain “clean title,” and also negotiate the terms of the purchase with both the seller and your third party financier.

Purchase and Sale of an Established Business. The firm has represented numerous sellers and buyers of established businesses, both franchised and independent. While such transactions typically are a transfer of the business’s assets, sometime they may involve the sale of stock or LLC membership interests. Franchise & Business Law Group will assist you with due diligence concerning the business’s assets and liabilities, and also can play an important role in negotiating a satisfactory purchase and sale agreement.

Business Entity Formation and Dissolution.The Franchise & Business Law Group has worked with many start-up and early stage companies with regard to formation of the business entity and creation of an LLC Operating Agreement or corporate by-laws that will facilitate fair and efficient governance of the company. The firm also will handle filings with the state and United States governments to establish your entity.

We also have counseled business owners and facilitated the negotiation of a buy-out of unhappy owners and/or dissolution of the entity.

Growth of Existing Businesses. The firm is sensitive to the fact that franchising may not be the appropriate method of growing your company’s brand and its ultimate profitability. In those situations, we will work with you to formulate and implement other methods of achieving growth, such as establishing joint ventures or partnerships with like-minded entrepreneurs, licensing business methods or technology without trademarks, or providing consulting services to others wishing to operate in your industry.

Trademarks and Copyrights. Choosing business names and logos that you can use exclusively, or at least do not infringe on others’ trademark rights, is absolutely critical for the success of your business. Franchise & Business Law Group also represents clients in the selection and protection of their business names and/or logos, particularly with regard to obtaining registration of those names or logos by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (“USPTO”) as a trademark or service mark. The firm also is assisting clients with protecting their ownership of creative works (such as Operations Manuals, photographs and advertising copy) through copyright registration.

Employment. Franchise & Business Law Group lawyers have substantial experience with employment matters, both in terms of negotiating an agreement with a prospective employer or employee; resolving issues within the employment relationship; and representing clients in disputes with their former employer or employee.

David Cahn has been my attorney throughout my journey to find the right franchise opportunity, set up my business, and secure a location to operate from. His experience in serving both franchisors and franchisees made him a valuable resource during my evaluation of franchise opportunities and during the negotiation phase. Since David is highly networked, he was able to put me in touch with people who had inside information on the franchise opportunities that I was considering, helping me to avoid a potentially poor opportunity. When negotiating the franchise agreement for me, David understood what was negotiable and was not worthwhile negotiating. This helped expedite negotiations and earned him compliments from the franchisor.  David also established the legal entity for my business, wrote the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws, and filed all the necessary documents. The work was completed on schedule and he communicated regularly to keep me informed of progress. David also reviewed and submitted changes for the negotiation of my commercial lease, getting me the best lease possible. His detailed review earned him compliments from my commercial real estate broker.

I highly recommend David Cahn to anyone who needs an attorney to purchase a franchise or start a business. I will continue to rely on him as a trusted partner while I grow my business.


Ken Cogan

President and Owner
KC Carriers, Inc. dba Navis Pack & Ship
Annapolis Junction, MD


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