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How to Buy a Franchise: 10-minutes with Chris Zirke

By September 12, 2018No Comments

Headshot of Chris Zirke, Esq.Any potential franchisee will want to listen in on this brief chat with GLF’s newest attorney, Chris Zirke.  Learn about the factors to consider when deciding whether to buy a franchise, and the steps to take before becoming a franchisee, in this first part of our series of legal talks on franchise ownership.


Listen to the conversation on the audio player below, or download Chris’s talk to listen off-line (right-click on the link and select “save as” to save to your device):

* 1:11 An understanding of the world of Franchises
* 2:41 Who should be a Franchisee
* 4:33 So you want to buy a Franchise: Finding the Right Franchise and Doing the Research
* 9:08 The Path to Franchise Ownership


Chris’s series continues with these additional talks:

Part 2: After the Franchise Agreement: What can you expect after making the decision to buy a franchise? Learn about important terms to negotiate from Chris Zirke, as he discusses the balance between franchisees, landlords, franchisors in the lease negotiation.

Part 3: Human Resources and Your New Franchise: Chris Zirke reviews the nuances of managing employees for franchise owners: how to properly classify employees, the importance of accurate job descriptions, and why it is essential to have and maintain an Employee Handbook.



Mr. Zirke‘s practice is focused on franchise law – counseling and advising both franchisors and franchisees throughout their respective business cycles.  As a former business owner and franchisee, he understands the legal and operational challenges that accompany both franchisors and franchisees, helping him guide clients through franchise selection, FDD review, pre-operations, operations and post-operation issues.  Chris Zirke can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at (216) 409-9590.


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The Gertsburg Law Firm produces these 10-Minute Legal Talks to give insight into legal issues for non-lawyers and to share our experience with the community. The contents of this interview are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem.


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