Items to Consider in Negotiation of a Franchise Agreement

Prospective franchisees can always negotiate their franchise agreements, even if the franchisor seems to carry all the negotiating power. Franchise agreements aren’t negotiated in a vacuum. Power, leverage, laws, relationships, and business smarts all create the general negotiation dynamics. Here’s are some general considerations that affect the success of a franchise agreement negotiation.
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A Reminder to Florida Corporations and Limited Liability Companies

Section 607.0701 of the Florida Statutes requires that all corporations conduct an annual meeting of shareholders. This annual meeting of shareholders is primarily for the election of directors who are responsible for the operation of the corporation’s business. However, any corporate business can be conducted at the meeting, such as the directors’ appointment of the corporation’s president, secretary and treasurer. Continue reading

10 Items That Every Tenant Should Consider When Negotiating a Retail Lease

Is Your Company’s Non-Compete Agreement Enforceable against Former Employees?

Our business clients at Cipparone & Cipparone, P.A. often ask if their current non-compete agreement with their employees is enforceable, and our response is that it depends. Florida courts have held non-compete agreements enforceable between an employer and employee; however, the courts look to several factors in determining whether the non-compete agreement is enforceable.

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