Rory A. Valas


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Boston, MA 02110
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Franchise Law

Franchisee lawyer serving clients nationwide and internationally

A franchise is a right granted to an individual or group to market the goods or services of a company within a certain territory or location for a fee and for a set period of time. Before you enter into a franchise agreement, it is important to fully understand the responsibilities of all parties. An attorney skilled in franchise laws in Boston and across the nation can ensure that you do not make any missteps in an effort to obtain a viable franchise.

Boston franchises and nationwide franchising

There is little uniformity among state regulation of franchising and it is easy for a business to run afoul of the different rules that exist. Massachusetts is a non-registration/non-filing state, which means that it does not require franchise registration or filings at the state level. In Massachusetts compliance with the federal rules for a FDD is sufficient.

The best way to ensure that you are meeting the requirements of any location where you plan to offer or be involved in a franchise is to seek out the advice of an attorney with franchising experience, including multi-state franchising. The attorney at Valas & Associates, PC is skilled in all aspects of franchise law.

Federal laws on franchising

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces federal laws and rules regulating franchises. The FTC requires franchisors and sellers of certain other business opportunities to disclose certain material facts before a sale can be closed. The FTC has authority to impose fines of up to $10,000 per day, and also can order rescission, reformation, payment of refunds and damages, and can issue cease and desist orders against franchisors who fail to follow disclosure requirements.

Under the Federal Trade Commission rule, the seller or franchisor is required to provide a detailed disclosure document called an FDD. This document is the cornerstone of your franchise being a success. It includes information about the seller, background information, and details on how the franchise agreement works. The FDD can be 500 to 700 pages long and it includes the franchise agreement as an exhibit.

Seek out a Boston attorney skilled in franchise laws for help

Your best bet in understanding all elements of franchising is to seek representation of an attorney skilled in franchising law. The attorney at Valas & Associates, P.C. have years of experience and proven results in all aspects of franchising and franchise law. If you have questions about franchises and franchising, contact our firm today.