The decision to purchase a franchise is one that many Georgia business people make. Marketing and branding, equipment and supplies, and other advantages make this method of starting a business attractive. However, both the franchisor and the franchisee must perform in accordance with their agreement for the business to have a chance at success. When either party fails to live up to the agreement, dispute resolution options are available.
It may not be necessary to file a lawsuit right away. You and the other party may be able to sit down and negotiate a settlement without any further action needed. However, if that does not work, mediation and arbitration are viable options to pursue in order to stay out of court. In many cases, it would be better for both parties to keep their dispute out of the public eye in order to preserve the integrity of the business.
Having an attorney work with you from the beginning could help move things along. He or she can review the circumstances behind the dispute and determine what the best course of action may be in your case. Of course, if negotiation, mediation and arbitration fail, or are otherwise not options, your attorney can file a lawsuit.
Few Georgia business owners want to air their disputes under the scrutiny of the public eye. Therefore, exploring dispute resolution options that do not require involving the courts can protect the privacy and reputation of both the franchisor and the franchisee. After all, in the end, everyone wants the business to succeed, and the parties will often do what they can toward that end.