Skilled, Knowledgeable and Experienced Attorneys Dedicated to Franchisees in Ohio and Beyond

Helping franchisees and prospective franchisees navigate the entire franchise process, from choosing a franchise through exiting the franchise system

Being a franchisee is loaded with various types of decisions and transactions.  Not only do these decisions and transactions have important legal consequences to them, they play an integral part in how a franchisee operates their franchise(s) and their ultimate business plan.  Gertsburg Law’s lead franchise attorney, Chris Zirke is not only an attorney, but he was also a multi-concept franchisee for 10 years.

Any potential franchisee or current franchisee is generally concerned with three things:  1) how do you start, 2) how do you open, operate and grow, and 3) how do you exit (sell).  At Gertsburg Law, we understand each phase of being a franchisee and we offer specific transaction services in the most cost-efficient manner.  Our passion is to help the franchisee, because we have been a franchisee.

Franchisee Startup

At Gertsburg, we understand the process of becoming a franchisee and can guide you through each step of the startup process:

  1. Choosing a concept
  2. FDD and Franchise Agreement Review
  3. Financing and Funding
  4. Organizational Agreements

At Gertsburg Law, our goal is to make sure you understand each step of this process and to provide you with efficient and cost-effective startup transaction services.   We have created three Starter Packages that our franchisees can choose from:

Silver Package Gold Package Platinum Package
Business Formation Franchise Agreement Review FDD/Franchise Concept Review
EIN Application Business Formation Franchise Agreement Review
Operating Agreements EIN Application Business Formation
Operating Agreements EIN Application
Operating Agreements


Once the franchise agreement is signed and funding is in place, focus shifts to getting your new franchise business open.  Two of the most important issues that a franchisee must deal with are real estate (finding the right place at the right cost) and staffing the business.  When it comes to real estate, it is important to understand your space requirements and your buildout costs.  Whether the real estate transaction is a commercial lease or a commercial property purchase and build, there are many legal and business issues that need to be addressed in the various commercial real estate documents.  Let the Gertsburg experience guide you through this process in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.  We have created two Real Estate Packages that our franchisees can choose from:

Real Estate Leasehold Package Real Estate Purchase Package
Real Estate Letter of Intent Real Estate Letter of Intent
Commercial Lease Property Acquisition and Due Diligence
Construction Agreements Construction Agreements


Staffing your franchise business is always a great challenge. Once your staffing is complete, it is important to make sure you are set up to effectively manage your employees.  At Gertsburg Law, we created an HR Package to help our franchisees.

HR Package
Employee Handbook (or Work Rules)
Compliance tools
Worker’s Compensation set up


At some point every franchisee will want to either 1) expand their business by buying an existing franchise or 2) sell their franchise business.  There are many important steps from the decision to buy/sell until the close of the transaction.  Failure in the due diligence process or not having certain terms in the purchase and sale agreements can have a lasting impact.  Let The Gertsburg Law Firm’s experience guide you through this entire process.  We have created a Buy/Sell Package to make it easy for franchisees to complete this process.

Buy/Sell Package
Non Disclosure Agreement
Letter of Intent
Purchase and Sale Agreement
Closing Documents


Speak with a trusted, professional Ohio franchise lawyer today

For franchise help now, call Gertsburg Law at 440-571-7777. You can also make an appointment through our contact form.