Hiring a lawyer for your franchise

criminal lawYou think you are ready to take the plunge and open a franchise, but you have questions and concerns. Whether it is a restaurant, shipping store, or one of hundreds of options available in the franchise world, you need to know what you are doing and what you are getting into before you shake their hand.

Most franchise agreements are contracts and are hundreds of pages long. They are written in legal ease and as a result are difficult to read and understand. There is no way you can digest all the material in the contract in one setting. Considering the ramifications of signing such a large document can have so many repercussions, it is a smart idea to hire a franchise attorney.

A franchise lawyer specializes in understanding these types of contracts and can help you navigate the contract and make an informed decision about who you are considering going into business with. You need to understand the fees you will be paying, the on going obligations you will be responsible for and what options you have if you want to sell or close your franchise location. All of these questions should be answered in your contract. If not you may not want to sign on the dotted line.

While there are many great successful franchises out there, you don’t want to make the mistake of signing up with one that will come back to haunt you a few years from now as your needs or your circumstances change.


Workers Compensation in California

Workers CompIf you have been injured on the job in California then it is likely important that you know what types of benefits are available to you. Workers compensation in California is set up to provide aid to employees and their families if an injury, illness, or in drastic cases a death occurs while someone is on the job. Essentially there are five different categories that workers compensation is split into; the following is a brief overview of the five so that you can assess what you may be eligible for.

For those that have missed more than three days or work but are not expected to be permanently disabled from a work place injury temporary disability might be the best option. This type of workers compensation will pay out 2/3 of what your regular paycheck would on a bi-annual basis.

If you are disabled permanently as the result of an injury, then you are eligible to receive permanent disability compensation. This is more complex and will be based upon your previous wages, injury date, and what the rating of your disability is. These benefits will continue for life.

In the case that you are not unable to work but need to seek medical attention as the result of a workplace injury or illness you can apply for medical workers compensation which will pay for all medical expenses and travel expenses that are while traveling to see your doctor.

Next up is supplemental job displacement which pays for training for an individual that is injured on a job and now must be retrained so that they can hold a different type of job. The amount that you receive for training will depend on the extent of your disability.

Finally, in the case of a death on the job workers compensation provides for the family of the injured employee by offering death benefits.