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Franchise Law Fees

fees icon There are two distinct parts to purchasing a franchise: the franchise part, and the business purchase part. For more about fees to purchase a business, please see "Buying or Selling a Business".

The franchise part of a purchase may include:

  • Reviewing the franchise agreement, the trademark agreement, the sub-lease, personal guarantees, and any other necessary agreements;
  • Advising you as to your obligations under each of the agreements, and whether there are problems with any of them;
  • Reviewing the reasonableness of any restrictive covenants;
  • Reviewing all the fees charged;
  • Conducting background searches on the franchisor;
  • Conducting trademark searches, and any other relevant searches necessary.
Most experienced franchise lawyers charge between $225 to $265 per hour. Legal fees for the franchise part will normally cost between $2,000 and $2,500, assuming that there are no serious negotiations with the franchisor. Taxes and disbursements would be in addition to this.

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