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Tom SpadeaTom Spadea - Thebusinesslawyer's Blog10/13/2014
Buying an existing franchise has some key advantages over buying an existing main street business. Like all business decisions, the short term and long term goals of the purchaser should determine the right fit for a business to buy. If the buyer’s goal is lifestyle, control (compared to a job) and predictable cash flow than a franchise has some distinct advantages. However, there are also some hidden cost and considerations that are unique to franchise transfers.

Nancy L. LanardNancy L. Lanard - Thebusinesslawyer's Blog7/31/2014
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) Office of General Counsel authorized complaints filed by employees of McDonalds franchisees could also be held against McDonalds USA, LLC, the franchisor. This has tremendous significance for all franchisors and could have far reaching consequences in the future for franchisors nationwide. NLRB held that McDonalds corporate is a "joint employer" with its franchisees. If this decision stands up, franchisors, and McDonalds in particular, may be held liable for all the infractions of its franchisees, possibly extending to joint liability for other types of actions by its franchisees.

Nancy L. LanardNancy L. Lanard - Thebusinesslawyer's Blog7/14/2014
Nancy Lanard was selected to be interviewed on the Blog Talk Radio program "Franchise Focus" by Rick Bisio on the topic of what someone should look for in a Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD). Nancy Lanard's interview (given in two parts) covered such topics as what is the Franchise Disclosure Document, why is it important to review it, what does each of the items to the Franchise Disclosure Document cover and each of their importance. Nancy Lanard's radio interviews shed important light on each item of the Franchise Disclosure Document/FDD and are a must listen for any prospective franchisee. You can hear part one of the interview

Nancy L. LanardNancy L. Lanard - Thebusinesslawyer's Blog2/25/2014
Pennsylvania HB 1620, known as the “Responsible Franchise Practices Bill”, attempts to bring a balance to the franchisor/franchisee relationship for Pennsylvania franchisees. Pennsylvania, a state that currently does not have a franchise law, has a proposed bill that will have a tremendous impact on the franchise community. The bill attempts to make franchise agreements more equitable and fair.

Tom SpadeaTom Spadea - Thebusinesslawyer's Blog12/17/2013
Last month the Philadelphia Franchise Association (PFA) had a terrific meeting at Maggiano's in downtown Philadelphia. I want to again thank our terrific panelist, Tom Monaghan, Steve Beagelman and Mr. Ade Lawal. Each brought excellent stories and practical advice on how to recruit, hire and train key employees.