069 | What You Need to Know About Franchise Agreements with Jeffrey Goldstein


Jeffrey Goldstein has been working as a franchise attorney in the franchise and distribution niche for over three decades. Jeff and the Goldstein Law Firm, by choice, do not represent franchisors or suppliers; they only represent franchisees and dealers because they believe representing franchisors, especially in the litigation context, is directly harmful to your status and position as a franchisee or dealer.

In This Episode, Jeff Reveals

  • The importance of having your franchise agreement reviewed by an attorney before you sign, and why.
  • What to do when a hotel franchisee fails a quality assurance inspection (QAI) and why that process is flawed.
  • The differences between mediation, arbitration, and litigation, and why some disputes are handled in court and others in arbitration.
  • Why the concept of a franchise consultant who ‘mediates’ liquidated damages is usually not in the franchisee’s best interest.
  • What happens when you acquire a branded property, and he explains the differences between an “assignment of agreement” and a “then-current” agreement.
  • His take on the battle between franchisees and franchisors – whether it has become more equal or equitable for franchisees over the years, and whether organizations like AAHOA and AH&LA have helped in that regard.

Jeff prepared a FREE download exclusively for the Lodging Leaders community. His guide, the Top Ten Worst Provisions in a Franchise Agreement, goes even deeper into some of the concepts we discussed. To get the most out of this episode, download the guide.

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Top Ten Worst Provisions in a Franchise Agreement

If you are in the process of performing your due diligence on a franchise opportunity, you are probably struggling to comprehend the seemingly-unending legalese in the franchise agreement. You owe it to yourself to understand the implications of that agreement, and this interview is a great start at understanding terminology, concepts, and pitfalls that could have a direct impact on your business.

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Jeffrey M. Goldstein

Goldstein Law Firm, PLLC
1629 K St. NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (202) 293-3947
Fax: (202) 315-2514

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