If you are looking at a franchise opportunity you should read this article from Barry Kurtz on Digging into Franchises:  The Due Diligence Minefield.  His proposed Legal Due Diligence Checklist within the article is a must read. 

The due diligence process is important when buying a franchise (or any business).  Kurtz’s article deals more with buying the entire franchise company but the article is helpful even if you are buying a single franchise.  I also have multiple articles addressing due diligence issues when buying a franchise including:

Joe Cooney and I have a podcast on Buying a Franchise Basics which also has some helpful hints on franchise due diligence.  Joe has some great insight so I recommend a listen. 

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Rush Nigut is a shareholder with the Brick Gentry Law Firm in West Des Moines, Iowa. His practice includes both transactional and litigation matters including franchising and business law. Rush started his legal blog, Rush on Business, in 2006. He has been quoted…

Rush Nigut is a shareholder with the Brick Gentry Law Firm in West Des Moines, Iowa. His practice includes both transactional and litigation matters including franchising and business law. Rush started his legal blog, Rush on Business, in 2006. He has been quoted or referenced by hundreds of other blogs, websites, and publications. He also is the editor of the Brick Gentry Trial Team blog and can help you identify the most qualified lawyer at Brick Gentry to handle your case. Our lawyers have a breadth of trial experience in personal injury, employment discrimination, business litigation, IP law, and class action cases.