Assuming you've completed all your research on the opportunity (refer to the expert articles at Entrepreneur.com if unfamiliar with what this means), you should already have a good working relationship with the franchisor. Just call them on the phone and ask for agreements to be sent. If you haven't done the homework yet, it is way too early to ask for agreements.
Jeff Elgin has almost 20 years of experience franchising, both as a franchisee and a senior franchise company executive. He's currently the CEO of FranChoice Inc., a company that provides free consulting to consumers looking for a franchise that best meets their needs.