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Starting up a franchise system is one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do. The “Rule of Thumb” is to have 2 corporate units in operation for a minimum of two years. However, real life is not a theory—it’s messy—and we’ve helped dozens of systems avoid the shoals of franchising and get focused sooner on expanding rapidly and making money.

Not sure where to start? What to do next? Relax. We break it down for you. Growing a franchise system is not an overnight exercise. In fact, it’s a job that never ends; just ask some of our mature franchise systems! So we start with the basics, and grow from there, layer upon layer.

We start out with some of the following services:

  • Getting your trademarks registered.
  • Incorporating and structuring the corporation(s) that will operate your franchise system.
  • Assisting with equity or debt financing to get the capital required to finance your growth.
  • Translating your business and financial goals into a coherent set of franchise documentation that achieve your goals and protect your assets and system.
  • Considering and discussing with you how to structure your franchise system, including considerations of unit, area and master franchising.
  • Crafting all of the necessary disclosure documentation to ensure legal compliance with Canada’s demanding pre-sale disclosure laws.

Advising you on some of the other important start up issues including:

  • Employment-related issues.
  • Supplier agreements.
  • Securitization and collateralization of your assets and those of your franchisees.
  • Assisting with marketing and franchisee selection issues.
  • Dealing with difficult franchisees, including issues of default and termination.

Don’t pay someone to learn about franchise law. Start with lawyers who know your business and can get you to where you want to go in a fraction of the time and for less money.


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I am so thankful to have connected with John [Morrissey] who helped solve our chaotic legal difficulty last summer. I chose Siskinds simply through an online search for local Estate Law. John responded to my general inquiry in a timely manner and presented himself on the phone in a way that invoked confidence and trust. The expertise evident in that initial call was authentic.
John’s kindness, attention to detail, and great skill was so appreciated as we maneuvered a messy family situation. Through the long course of events, I could always count on John to be on top of things, never miss deadlines or important actions, keep me informed, explain procedures, and be patient with various oddities of the family situation. John’s professionalism, responsiveness, and expertise exceeded my expectations. John’s skill in dealing with the argumentative party was exceptional. I will also add, that both Reenya Koshaba and Heather Whitty were extremely helpful, thorough, and detailed in all their work and responses.
I will endorse both Siskinds and John Morrissey to anyone in need of legal assistance. I cannot express enough my gratitude and relief for John’s help in resolving this emotional family controversy. - D.W.

I would like to thank Maciek Piekosz and his amazing team at Siskinds. Thank you for all of your hard work and and supplying me with the best support team ever. You have a wonderful group of people working in your law office and I appreciate every one of you! I will always recommend the Siskinds team and Maciek in particular. I really appreciate how hard Maciek fought for me and will remember the kindness and empathy he has shown me. I am very grateful. - C.B.

Elena [Ashford] and Angela [Belair] have been immensely useful in my application towards permanent residence. Elena's first hand experience as an immigrant brings out a compassionate approach towards her clients, and she is great with her knowledge of the processes involved. She takes a great initiative in ensuring that her clients stay on top of the documents and provides incredible insights into how the application would be viewed by the immigration offices. My application had come to a stand still, and after reaching out to her, it proceeded to approval within a month. Thank you to Elena and her team for all the great work! - C.P.