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TRADEMARK REGISTRATION

TRADEMARK REGISTRATION

Regardless of whether you franchise your business, it is in your best interest to protect your business name and any associated Marks applicable to your business. Trademarks help you with your brand identity and are an important piece of intellectual property that needs to be protected. We help create, apply, register, and manage your Marks so that you can better position yourself to build and grow your brand.

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LICENSING

LICENSING

We assist licensors with licensing their ideas, goods, services, products, and trademarks to third parties by preparing agreements for those looking to use their licensed goods. Additionally, we also help licensees in reviewing and negotiating license agreements.

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FRANCHISE LITIGATION

FRANCHISE LITIGATION

Unfortunately, sometimes things may not go as you had initially planned regarding your franchise, and you are presented with conflict. Our team has years of experience representing businesses with franchise litigation needs. Below is a sampling of areas of franchise litigation in which we are experienced:

  • Breach of contract
  • Discrimination
  • Misrepresentations & fraud
  • Faulty terminations
  • Lanham Act issues (Trademark matters)
  • Violation of Indiana franchise laws
  • Fraudulent inducement
  • Violation of disclosure laws
  • Federal Trade Commission violations
  • Tortious Interference with Contract
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CONTRACT REVIEW

CONTRACT REVIEW

Aside from the documents required to buy or sell a franchise, such as an FDD, there are an assortment of other binding agreements that are dense, lengthy, and full of wording you may not understand. Our team is ready to help you dissect your documents so that you are fully aware of the implications that signing on the dotted line will have. Some examples of documents we have experience reviewing include asset purchase agreements, non-disclosure agreements, employment contracts, and leases.

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BUSINESS TAX PLANNING & DISPUTES

BUSINESS TAX PLANNING & DISPUTES

Our aim is to assist franchisees in the effective management of their contracts and transactions. Advising clients on tax liabilities and providing proper guidance is a core focus of this practice. We also defend clients who are involved in tax disputes with the IRS.

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REAL ESTATE

REAL ESTATE

Buying, selling and leasing commercial real estate is commonplace in franchising, yet there are a number of legalities that need to be handled. From matters dealing with real estate developers to contractors, builders, landlords and many more, we can assist you with all of your real estate legal needs.

Employment-Law

EMPLOYMENT LAW

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Most franchise business hire employees and independent contractors.  Employment issues can often times make or break a company.  We help our clients navigate through the complexities employment law issues to help them make smarter decisions to help their businesses grow.

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ARBITRATION & MEDIATION

ARBITRATION & MEDIATION

Solutions to conflicts aren’t always simple, and can at times be a long process. With our experience in mediation and arbitration, we can help settle disputes favorably without going to court.

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BUSINESS SUCCESSION PLANNING

BUSINESS SUCCESSION PLANNING

Providing clients with an effective plan in managing what will happen to their business and their assets when they are no longer around is extremely important. We have experienced attorneys that can help you and your family through this process so that you can create the type of legacy that you desire for your family and your family’s future.