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Arizona Franchise Law

Although franchises constitute a growing part of the state economy, Arizona has never had a separate franchise law. Instead, Arizona franchises are governed by an assortment of Arizona tax and property laws, but primarily by the Federal Trade Commission’s Franchise Rule.

At Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth P.C., P.C., we assist clients in all legal matters relating to franchise contracts and litigation. We bring over three decades of combined experience to the table, and will guide and assist you through every step of your franchise experience, from purchase to initial franchise agreement to dispute resolution and litigation, should become necessary.

Purchasing a franchise

By purchasing a franchise, you gain the exclusive right to sell the products or services of a larger corporation in a given geographical location as well as established business name recognition. But even though such a purchase may seem routine, and the franchisor may have all the forms and contracts you need preprinted and ready to go, you should seek legal advice before any franchise purchase. With our extensive experience as Arizona franchise lawyers, Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth P.C., P.C. know what to look for in a franchise contract:

  • How ironclad are the guarantees that no one will operate a competing franchise or branch of the same franchisor across the street from your business?
  • Did the franchisor provide initial full disclosure in compliance with the Federal Trade Commission updated Franchise Rule?
  • How secure are your rights to set prices to reflect local conditions and exigencies?
  • How will you pay the franchisor before and after opening your business? Are such arrangements to your benefit?

Operating a franchise

Even if the initial purchase agreement and franchise contract go off without a hitch, many franchise operators require the services of Arizona franchise attorneys later in their franchise ownership. For example, your first franchise business may have been successful, and you want to purchase multiple franchises from the same franchisor, but this will affect your rights to full disclosure as a franchisee. Or you may feel that the franchisor has in some way violated your franchise agreement, and you require legal representation to protect your rights and interests.

Creating a new franchise

Do you have an excellent business model that can be duplicated statewide, or even nationwide? By forming your own franchise you can grant exclusive rights to entrepreneurs to sell products or services under your trade name and trade style. Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth P.C., PC will make sure you are legally compliant in all 50 states, and secure your intellectual property so your franchisees do not become your biggest competitors.

Experienced, dedicated franchise attorneys in Arizona

Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth P.C., P.C. assist clients in all legal matters relating to franchise contracts and litigation. It is extremely important to ensure your interests are protected before signing a franchise agreement. Our Phoenix business lawyers draft and review franchise agreements and, should disputes arise, will represent during negotiations or litigation.

No matter what concerns you have regarding your potential franchise purchase or current franchise business, the seasoned, business-minded attorneys at the Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth, P.C. can help. Contact us at 602-265-7997, toll free at 866-696-2033 or complete our web form.

At Law Offices of Donald W. Hudspeth P.C., P.C. we do more than connect the dots—we create the dots.

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Donald W. Hudspeth
Principal Attorney

Attorney Donald W. Hudspeth has more than twenty years’ experience practicing corporate and business law. Before attending law school, Mr. Hudspeth held a stock brokers license at the age of 21 and owned his own business at the age of 23. He was a business law professor at Arizona State University, West Campus, and has conducted classes and seminars for a number of higher institutions and organizations. Mr. Hudspeth has published two books on law and is the founder of the radio programs Law on the Edge and Law Talk.

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Brian K. Stanley
Of Counsel

Attorney Brian K. Stanley has more than thirty years' experience practicing corporate and business law. Brian also worked for Sandra Day O'Connor in 1976-1977; Formerly with the Phoenix firm of Jones, Hunter & Lerch as of the dissolution of that firm in 1979. (Also Member, Law Office of Brian K. Stanley, PLLC).

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Janae Ashley Perry-Meier
Associate

Janae Perry-Meier is a business and commercial law attorney focusing on international business. Janae handles both transactional and litigation matters, including: forming your business, drafting your contracts, franchising, business disputes, business divorce, mergers and acquisitions, private placements, securities compliance, and corporate governance. Janae also handles trademark registration, office action responses, and infringement cases.

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Michael David Malin
Associate

Michael Malin has been a practicing attorney in Arizona since 2013. He has represented clients through all stages of litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Michael litigated cases involving professional negligence, insurance bad faith, dram shop liability, personal injury and wrongful death, Indian law, probate, and criminal matters. Before attending law school, he worked for several startup companies in the then-nascent field of smartphone and tablet application development.

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Natalia Beard-Artemieva
Attorney

Natalia (Natasha) Beard-Artemieva has been a practicing attorney in Arizona since 2014.

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