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Reasons For Hiring a Franchise Solicitor

If you are thinking of becoming a franchisor or franchisee, or if you are already involved in a particular franchise, you are highly likely to need the services of a franchise solicitor.
This article looks at how a franchise solicitor can help you and why you should definitely make sure you have a team of specialist solicitors on your side – and ones who can provide a wide range of legal support including intellectual property advice.
Initial advice
One of the main reasons for using a franchise solicitor is that they will be able to provide you with specialist advice. Making the decision to become either a franchisor or franchisee is not one to be taken lightly and so it definitely pays to be informed and make sure you have explored all of your options before taking the plunge.
For instance, franchising solicitors will be able to help parent companies decide whether to expand through franchise or whether there are other, more beneficial options that they should explore as becoming a franchisor isn’t right for everyone. Solicitors will also be able to advice would-be franchisees, making sure they know their rights and responsibilities and making sure that they have the financial ability to buy into their new business before going ahead.
Drafting new agreements
Another key role of solicitors is to draft new franchise agreements. This is really important as all agreements need to abide by UK law, European law and the relevant code of ethics. This means that agreements have quite a lot to take into consideration and so the services of specialist solicitors will be invaluable.
Reviewing and terminating agreements
Agreements also need to be reviewed from time to time to make sure that the contracts are still relevant, up-to-date and cover all appropriate eventualities. This is something else a franchise solicitor will be able to do, as well as providing assistance in the event that an agreement needs to be terminated.
Intellectual property
Intellectual property [or IP] incorporates issues such as business trade name, trademark, other branding and any other material associated with the business. This could include training materials or perhaps a particular model of business, what the code of ethics refers to as ‘know how’. It is important to get specialist intellectual property advice so that the right arrangements are in place to make sure the owner of the intellectual property (normally the parent company) is protected, but that the franchisee can also operate under the relevant brand without hindrance.
Resolving disputes
If any franchise disputes were to occur, a solicitor would also be able to assist to help resolve them, meaning that the role of the franchise solicitor is both varied and immensely important when trying to create a successful franchised business.…

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Hiring An Immigration Solicitor – Questions To Ask Before Deciding Who To Hire

If you are planning to move and you need the help of an immigration solicitor to do so, then there are certain questions you should ask your solicitor before agreeing to hire them. Firstly, it’s important to know what experience they’ve had in the area before as this will tell you whether or not you think they’ll be able to handle your case. Also ask them for referrals from previous clients so you can receive references from people who have used their services before.
Some immigration cases can be long and complicated and decisions can take months or even years to come through. For this reason, you shouldn’t expect to hear updates from your solicitor every week but it’s still important that you know how to get in touch with them if you need to, so ask them about contact procedures. Also make sure you have a firm understanding of their procedures for contacting you so you can be certain they’ll keep you up to date with case developments.
Before hiring an immigration solicitor, when you have your initial consultation with them you should ask them for their opinion on your case. This is because it might be a good idea to look elsewhere for legal advice – or at least get a second opinion – if they think your case would be rejected. Getting a couple of opinions will not only give you an idea as to your likelihood of success but also the competence of the solicitor you have chosen.
While your solicitor may not be able to tell you up front how much your case will cost – as it will obviously largely depend on how complicated it is and how long it takes – you should still ask for a rough cost so you can work out if you can afford their services. Solicitors should be able to give you a break down of their charges and how they determine different costs. You could also consider getting a second opinion to compare the costs available at different firms.
Lastly, it’s important to ask your chosen solicitor how long they anticipate your case taking. It’s also a good idea to get some other opinions from a range of solicitors here so you can work out the likely length of your case and be certain your solicitor as your best interests in mind and not just their bottom line. Also, as some complicated immigration cases can drag on for years, it can be useful to know in advance just how long a wait you are likely to be in for.…

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Tips on Hiring a Probate Lawyer

An experienced attorney can effectively aid you in avoiding problems that may arise after someone has passed on, or in instances where an individual can become incapacitated.
Definition
Probate law pertains to matters regarding the estate or will of a deceased individual, issues involving a minor, or cases in which a person has been declared mental incompetent.
The Will
A will is a document that outlines just how an individual will dispose of their personal belongings and property when they pass on.
While some wills tend to be rather simple, others can end up being very complicated, with property being dispersed between several individuals or trusts, and the custody and care of minor children being involved. In such cases, an attorney is able to provide the necessary advice to have the document concise and clear while leaving no room for argument.
Trusts
These attorney’s should be called upon for use in the preparation of a trust, or an agreement in which one individual hold legal title to assets or property for the benefit of another.
While many believe that the wealthy are the only ones who benefit from a trust agreement, such is not the case. In fact, several types of agreements exist, each containing special instructions designed to assist the decedent with tax matters as well as limitations regarding how the beneficiary of the trust is able to use the property.
Court
Legal assistants or paralegals may prepare a trust agreement or will, however only an attorney is authorized to represent a client in court. Thus, probate lawyers are required in order to try a case in court.
These cases typically do not require an elongated court time, however, hearings involving the mentally incompetent, minors, a challenge of the will, or a lawsuit involving a decedent will ultimately require that the attorney appears in front of the judge to obtain a decision on the matter.
Estate Administration
A lawyer is useful in navigating the way through the process, which at times can be rather stressful and arduous. The paperwork pertaining to the administration of an individual’s estate varies state to state. Once a person has been declared deceased, their property must pass out of their name into the names of the beneficiaries and heirs outlined in the will.
An heir is an individual who has been named as the one who will inherit the decedent’s property. A deceased individual is not able to manage their finances, and thus, the property must ultimately pass on to someone who can.…