Practice Areas

Family-Owned and Closely Held Businesses, Franchisees <span class="sdata2" title="2016-10-31T13:23:35+00:00"></span>

Family-Owned and Closely Held Businesses, Franchisees

For nearly 20 years, MendenFreiman has been a trusted legal advisor for many types of family-owned and closely held businesses. Our business attorneys draw upon a wealth of knowledge and experience in complicated areas of the law including risk management, tax and estate planning to help you achieve your business goals.

We routinely guide our closely held business clients in:

  • Entity / Ownership Structuring including Family Limited Partnerships (FLPs)
  • Asset Protection
  • Corporate Restructuring Transactions
  • Deal-Making including Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Due Diligence
  • Contracts and Agreements
  • Restrictive Covenants
  • Corporate Financing including Equity Structuring, Equity Incentive Plans, Asset-Based and other Secured Lending
  • Intellectual Property including Trademark Registrations
  • Corporate Governance
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Bylaws, Partnership Agreements and Operating Agreements
  • Subchapter S Business and Tax Planning
  • Business Succession Planning
  • Purchase and Sale of Commercial Real Property
  • Non-Qualified Benefit Plans
  • Commercial Transactions

Whether you are just starting out or are ready to explore succession planning or estate planning strategies, MendenFreiman can guide you. We also are experienced with the unique dynamics found within many family-owned businesses and can provide strategies for handling matters that may impact the health of the business both today and in the future.

Franchise Law

MendenFreiman provides legal services to franchisees of all sizes, ranging from prospective new franchisees considering their first franchise agreements, to existing franchisees, multi-unit developers, area representatives and master franchisees. Our franchise attorneys assist franchisees in all matters relating to:

  • The sale of franchises to new and existing franchisees
  • The purchase of the franchise from the franchisor (or an existing franchisee), including advice on proper due diligence
  • Business formation including the creation and structuring of the franchisee entity, the drafting of shareholder, partnership and LLC operating agreement as appropriate
  • Review of disclosure documents and franchise agreements
  • Negotiations with franchisors including the negotiation of renewals of existing franchise agreements
  • Real estate, including the review and negotiation of purchase agreements and leases, and resolution of environmental and building code issues
  • Third-party agreements, including independent contractor, supplier, employment, confidentiality and non-compete agreements
  • Integration of the franchisee businesses into the owner’s personal estate plan

You can rely on MendenFreiman to be the primary legal resource for your privately held business. We will handle your day-to-day legal needs and develop strategies to help your business succeed.

Contact us to start the conversation.