Franchising in Pennyslvania

Pennsylvania Franchise Laws

Is Pennsylvania a franchise registration state?

No, Pennsylvania is not a franchise registration state.  Pennsylvania has no franchise specific rules and regulations.  Franchisors comply with rules generally effecting the sale of a business; however, they do not need any special permission from Pennsylvania to offer franchises.  

Since there no state registration requirements, franchisors can offer franchise opportunities so long as they comply with laws that effect businesses generally and federal law effecting franchises specifically. 

What Federal Laws Effect Franchises?

Franchise opportunities are regulated on the federal level through the federal Franchise Rule. The rules imposed by federal law apply to all states and provinces in the United States. We provide an overview of federal franchise law.  There are a few basic things that anyone considering a franchise, or considering becoming a franchisor, must know.  

The offer of a franchise opportunity can only occur through disclosure of a franchise disclosure document (the “FDD”).  The requirements for disclosure documents are laid out in the federal franchise rule and cover 23 separate items. The FDD must be provided and receipt must be acknowledge.  

The franchise rules require a 14-day waiting period between the prospect receiving the FDD and signing any agreement or exchanging any funds.  The rule requires these periods to ensure prospects have sufficient time to evaluate any franchise opportunity. 

In addition to the 14-day waiting period, franchisors are required to  observe a 7-day waiting period if there are certain changes made to teh franchise agreement. In practice, many franchisors observe this period after producing the final agreement.  

Tip: When Calculating The "Waiting Periods" You Don't Count The Day of Disclosure or Day of Signature

How do Franchise Attorneys Help Franchisors and Franchisees?

Franchisor Support

Our franchise attorneys support franchisors nationwide providing reliable and readily accessible legal guidance. We represent franchisors and provide ongoing legal support. We works with small business owners planning to franchise and work with leaders in franchising. Big or small, every client matters and will get the priority and attention they deserve. Prompt and reliable legal advice – on demand.

Franchisor legal services include:

  1. Developing and implementing a plan to franchise
  2. Drafting the franchise disclosure document (the “FDD”)
  3. Drafting the franchise agreement and all franchise contracts
  4. Securing franchise registration in Virginia and across the U.S. 
  5. Disclosing prospects and sending franchise agreements
  6. Managing and resolving franchise disputes
  7. Providing day-to-day franchise legal support

How much does a franchisor lawyer cost?

Once we know a little about your business, we will provide a flat fee to develop the FDD. We often serve existing franchisors on a monthly basis for a fixed monthly rate.  

Franchisee Support

Our franchise attorneys understand what matters to franchisors because we work with leading franchisors, franchise sellers, and franchise consultants on a daily basis. We leverage this industry knowledge and experience to help clients who are considering the purchase of a franchise opportunity before they sign a franchise agreement.

Franchisee legal services include:

  1. Nationwide and Virginia FDD review 
  2. Nationwide and Virginia franchise agreement review 
  3. Comprehensive franchise legal review report 
  4. Consultation and legal advice on rights and obligations
  5. Consultation and negotiation on business legal terms
  6. Direct dispute resolution and litigation 
  7. Day-to-day legal support


How much does a franchise lawyer cost?

We provide a comprehensive FDD review and unlimited consultation for a competitive flat fee ($1,850).  We can assist on other projects at an agreed fixed cost or our hourly rate. 

We focus on results and work hard to deliver solutions. Let us serve as the law department for your business. 

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