About Debra Hill
Debra has assisted franchisors and franchisees for 25 years. Debra counsels franchisors in every step of their development, including the decision to franchise, start up management, preparation and registration of franchise documents, trademark registration and maintenance, management of franchise relationships and brand expansion strategies. She assists franchisees with their decision to franchise, lease negotiations, franchise relationships and exit strategies. She often provides general counsel services to her clients through flat fee arrangements.
As a former General Counsel of a national franchise chain, Debra has a business approach to legal matters. She is committed to helping her clients position their brand through a proactive, results oriented methods with a view to the bottom line.
Direct line: 904-612-3780
Recent Posts by Debra Hill
Legitimate Business Interests in a Non-Competition Agreement
To enforce a non-competition provision, the franchisor must show that the restriction is designed to safeguard a legitimate business interest of the franchisor.
Franchisees: A Valuable Resource For Prospective Franchisees
A valuable resources for prospective franchisees are franchisees and former franchisees. Here some advice to prospective franchisees is to call as many current and former franchisees as you can.
Vital Steps When Purchasing A Franchise
Take this time to have any final questions answered with the people who will be assisting you if you purchase the franchise.
The Dreaded Personal Guaranty: Negotiating A Safer Route
A personal guaranty is a contract, obligating the guarantor (usually the business owners) to the same bligations of the franchisee (usually a business entity) under the franchise agreement.
Protect Yourself: Negotiate Tenant Friendly Lease Provisions
Negotiating a lease is a lengthy process. To say that a lease, drafted by the landlord’s counsel, heavily favors the landlord is a huge understatement. However, there are important provisions that tenants can negotiate into a lease to protect their interests.
Is A Fractional Franchise A Good Idea?
A fractional franchises can be useful to a franchisor in expanding its brand into untapped markets. The exemption permits franchisors to offer franchises into complementary markets without the rigors of disclosure.