Morrison Law Offices
Morrison Law Offices
WELCOME TO MORRISON LAW OFFICES
Areas of Expertise
DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISE LAWS AND REGULATIONS
FRANCHISE CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT
FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC TRADEMARK REGISTRATION AND LITIGATION
TRADEMARK CONFLICT RESOLUTION
ASSET ACQUISITION AND DIVESTITURE
TRADEMARK AND COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT
FDD CREATION AND DEVELOPMENT
DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISE LAW
APPLICATION AND FILING
FRANCHISE CONTRACT ENFORCEMENT
FRANCHISE ACQUISITION OR TERMINATION
CHALLENGE, BARS, AND INFRINGEMENT
NON-COMPETE AND NON-DISCLOSURE
ON-GOING FRANCHISING CONSULTING
WE SEE YOUR VISION, TOO!
Choosing the right attorney to represent and coach you through the Franchising process is a very important decision! You will have questions, concerns, and time-sensitive deadlines as you move forward in your Franchise Venture. It is imperative to secure an attorney you can trust and feel comfortable discussing your business plans.
With over 30 years of experience, Samuel B. Morrison has focused his career on helping both Franchisees and Franchisors become successful. We are a small, boutique law firm that can offer you a personal touch and faster turn-around time that is often lacking in larger law firms at a price you can afford. We will represent you and advise you in all matters relating to your franchise operation and look forward to the opportunity to participate in your success.
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WHY YOU SHOULD CHOOSE MORRISON LAW OFFICES
We understand you have many options in choosing an attorney. At Morrison Law Offices, our reputation is built upon the quality results we deliver to our clients. Our experience is the difference. We have handled hundreds of franchise contracts and cases. We know the ins and outs of franchise law and contracts. We know how to protect your interests. When you hire us, you hire that experience.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1) HOW DO I FRANCHISE MY BUSINESS?
There are a lot of steps involved in franchising a business, and bringing all the pieces together to form the big picture can be confusing and time consuming!
Morrison Franchise Law can provide you with the answers and the assistance you will need every step of the way, from forming your parent company, securing and registering your trademarks, to creating all the documents necessary for the formation and registration of your franchise.
LLC, LLP, INC? Which one is best for you? The attorney can explain their differences, tax advantages, and liabilities; then present the options for you to review so that you can make informed and knowledgeable decisions about what’s best for your business.
2) WHAT KIND OF CORPORATION DO I NEED?
There is more involved in securing your trademarks than meets the eye! Sure, we know you want your mark to look good; but avoiding deficiencies and challenges are just as important. It takes an experienced Trademark Attorney to be able to foresee any pitfalls such as possible conflicting trademarks, before you make your application to the United States Trademark and Patent Office. Filing your trademark with USTPO does not guarantee a registered mark; however, we can advise you on the likelihood of success based on our extensive experience.
3) WHY DO I NEED A TRADEMARK?
Your Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) and your Franchise Agreement are the most important documents you will need. Your documents must comply not only with the Federal Trade Commission; but each registration state has its own requirements as well. From the beginning, by having an experienced franchise registration attorney draft these documents for you; you have a better chance of getting approved the first time around, thus saving you time, aggravation and money!
4)WHAT FEDERAL COMPLIANCE REGULATIONS DO I NEED TO MEET?
There are 25 states that require both registration and annual renewals. There are 10 states that regulate franchise operations under their Business Opportunity Regulations or Practices Acts and require additional filings. Other states require conformity to their statutes; but do not require any filing. We will make sure your Franchise is in compliance under these individual state regulatory laws as well eliminating any “guess work” you may have about compliance.
5) WHAT ARE THE STATE FRANCHISING REGULATIONS?
Your financial status is an important piece of your financial foundation, and this is where your decision on the type of corporate formation comes into the picture. We will assist you or your accounting firm on the proper financial statements and/or escrow accounts necessary in the formation of your Franchise and in the drafting of your UFDD. Or, we will be happy to recommend someone to assist you in the audit of your financial statements. And remember, Morrison Franchise Law will never mark up any ancillary services recommended to you by us.
6) CAN I AFFORD TO FRANCHISE MY BUSINESS?
Samuel B. Morrison, founder of Morrison Law Offices, P.C, has been practicing Domestic and International Franchise & Trademark Law since 1975. From the onset of his career, Sam has specialized as General Counsel with emphasis on State and Federal Franchise Disclosure regulations. Sam possesses a broad base of experience in franchise transactional law, including contract development, and a vast background of knowledge of trademark regulations in both registration and infringement.
University of Toledo College of Law - 1975 Doctorate of Jurisprudence
University of Wisconsin - 1969 Bachelor of Arts (Sociology)
ABA Forum Committee on Franchising
Atlanta Bar Franchise Committee
Federal District Court, Northern District of Ohio
Federal District Court, Northern District of Georgia
Federal District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
United States Supreme Court
United States Tax Court
Ohio State Bar
Michigan State Bar
Georgia State Bar
Georgia Court of Appeals
Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association
Morrison Law Offices, P.C.
25 Atlanta Street, Suite D
Marietta, Georgia 30060
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