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10 Good Reasons Franchise Buyers Need A Lawyer

Before you sign for that franchise, have a pro read the fine print.

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This story appears in the September 2010 issue of Start Up.

Finally you're poised to become an official franchisee.

You've completed due diligence: researched potential firms, found a product that "fits" with your interests, interviewed 10-15 other franchisees to hear the pros and cons. You've narrowed it down to the business you favor and it's time to sign on. Then, the franchisor provides a copy of the Franchise Disclosure Document and agreements. Omigod. It's several hundred pages of fine print.

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