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We represent franchisees, franchisors, buyers, sellers, borrowers, lenders, brokers, and agents.
Michael T. Chulak & Associates has extensive expertise in the areas of business startups, formation of business entities, business dissolutions, partnership disputes, reorganizations, and obtaining business capital and loans.
For additional information on franchise law or related topics, please contact us for a no cost initial consultation. Please visit: What is a Franchise? for an analysis of the legal elements, Franchise Questions and Answers and Ten Reasons to Franchise Your Business.
Advantages to Buying a Franchise
Summary of Employee - IC Factors
Barter For Legal Services
Glossary of Business, Corporate Finance and Investment Terms
Schedule of Franchise Fees
Franchise Your Business
The attorneys with Michael T. Chulak & Associates can provide you with the legal services needed to franchise your business for a fixed legal fee. Payment plans are available and we may accept all or a part of your fee based upon barter. Call us to discuss your plans to develop a franchised business. Initial consultations are free.
FDD / UFOC Opinion Letter - $950
If you are considering the purchase of a franchise, we will review and prepare an opinion letter addressing the most legally significant provisions of the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) / Uniform Franchise Offering Circular (UFOC) and proposed Franchise Agreement for $950.00. Our intent is to enable you to make an informed decision before investing thousands of dollars, thousands of hours of your irreplaceable time, and sign a contract that may bind you for years. We believe in the concept of franchising but want you to avoid making a mistake. How can we provide this valuable service for $950.00? It's our way of introducing our firm so you will call on us for future legal services.
In the United States:
Single-unit Franchise is where the franchisor grants
the franchise the right to operate only one franchise unit. The right
may or may not be an exclusive right within a defined area.
If you have the knowledge, experience and burning desire to start a franchise business (as a franchisor), but lack the capital, we may be able to help. We currently have investment capital available to assist in forming the following types of franchises:
You must have a proven history of business and / or employment success and be willing to work long hours to create a successful franchise business. If you are the person we have described, please call us today.
Advantages to New Franchises
When examining the options available to you as potential owner of a new start-up franchise, you should consider the following possibilities:
Mergers and Acquisitions
The law firm of Michael T. Chulak & Associates can assist your franchised or non-franchised company successfully complete a merger or acquisition anywhere in Southern California. This may include assisting you in finding the right business to acquire, a suitable merger partner, raising equity and/or debt financing, and providing necessary legal services.
Reasons for Mergers and Acquisitions
Mergers and acquisitions take place only when both parties believe the value of the combined firms will be worth more than the sum of the two firms operating separately. If value is created as a result of a merger or acquisition, the owners of both firms can profit by the transaction.
Small Business Facts
According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), small businesses in the United States:
Selecting Corporate Directors
Why corporate directors can be valuable.
Corporate directors may have the ability to:
Why would a person serve as a corporate director?
What type of person makes a valuable corporate director?
What do corporate directors want?
Outside or Independent Directors
Outside directors or independent directors are directors of a corporation who do not have a direct or indirect material or pecuniary relationship with the firm (or anyone closely related to the firm), other than receiving a fee for serving as a director. Outside or independent directors can not be shareholders, employees, or officers of the company or any of its subsidiaries. The New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq Exchange require that a majority of directors be independent. Non-listed corporations are not required to follow this rule, but it is generally prudent to do so.
Corporate General Counsel Services
Inhouse General Counsel • Outside General Counsel
The General Counsel of a corporation or other legal entity is the chief attorney for the firm. The General Counsel may be a full time inhouse officer of the firm, or may be a part-time outside attorney who provides general counsel services including the following:
Our business-corporate attorneys are available to provide part-time outside general counsel services for small and medium sized corporations and other business entities.
Business Startup Checklist
Following is a business startup checklist to assist in developing a new business. Not all items listed apply to every business. There may be items you will want to consider that are not listed.
Accidental or Inadvertent Franchises
One of the most costly mistakes a business owner can make is to enter into a licensing or distribution agreement that turns out to have the elements of a franchise. If this happens, the business will be operating in violation of state and federal franchise laws which can result in fines of up to $10,000 per day and criminal charges. While attorneys that prepare license agreements are generally careful to omit at least one of the elements required to create a franchise, sometimes they get too close to the line. Even when an attorney prepares a bullet-proof license agreement, the business owner may modify his or her business procedures which can result in the license becoming a franchise. Due to the possibility ruinerous fines and criminal charges, most attorneys prefer to organize a business as a franchise. While it is more costly to franchise a business, the owner avoids the risk that the business will be lost as a result of government fines and criminal charges resulting from an accidental or inadvertent franchise.
Franchisees can obtain substantial economic benefits from participating in a Franchisee Association consisting of independent franchisee companies. If you are a franchisee and you do not have a Franchisee Association, call us so we can assist you in organizing one. Initial consultations are offered at no cost. The California Franchise Investment Law expressly provides that franchisees have the right to join a trade association directly, indirectly, through an officer, agent, or employee.
International Franchise Association
The International Franchise Association or IFA is the largest franchise association in existence with a membership exceeding 1,300 franchise systems and 10,000 franchisees. We support the IFA's
Mission Statement and Code of Ethics, and encourage you to visit their website.
See History of Franchising.
National Federation of Independent Business
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), established in 1943, is a non-profit lobbying organization that concentrates its focus on the impact of state and federal legislation on businesses. The NFIB is a strong supporter of the free market system and has a political action committee called
Save America's Free Enterprise Trust. The NFIB has offices in Washington D.C. And all fifty state capitals. The organization is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and has a membership exceeding 350,000. Their website is: NFIB.com. We are supporters of the NFIB and encourage your support.
Expert Witnesses and Consultants Needed
In connection with our extensive litigation practice, Michael T. Chulak &
Associates regularly utilizes the services of expert witnesses and consultants.
If you believe you have the knowledge, experience and overall ability to provide
these services, we invite you to complete an
application and return it with your
current resume. Upon receipt, we will enter the information into our database
for use by our litigation attorneys and support staff. Please view our websites
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areas of practice.
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Santa Barbara County:
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