Being new to the world of franchising, reading through and understanding FDD & FA documents was a daunting task to say the least. I just didn’t know what I didn’t know. At the very least, I knew I needed help from an experienced franchise law firm to make sure I understood exactly what I was potentially getting myself into. After researching various firms, I reached out to Lanard and Associates and set up a consultation call with Nancy. The call with Nancy went great. She took the time to get to know me a bit, and made sure she understood what kind of help I was looking for. She was very transparent about what services her firm would provide, and how much money those services would cost. They weren’t the most expensive or the least expensive of the firms I looked at, and I got a good vibe when we spoke, so the price was right for me. Kimberly Meyer was the attorney assigned to my case, and she lived up to everything that Nancy promised. Kimberly was very friendly and easy to work with. She spent a good 3 hours on the phone with me detailing all the pertinent parts of the documents, including the information that the documents did not contain. She was quick to respond to all of my follow-up questions regardless of how early or late in the day I emailed her. I think there was one day where Kimberly was on vacation and I had a question, but not to fear as Nancy was all over it! I felt informed and prepared going into my first Discovery Day, and with Kimberly’s guidance, I was even able to negotiate some of the terms of the Franchise Agreement! Great communication throughout the entire process which is huge for me! I highly recommend working with Kimberley and Nancy when evaluating franchise brands, and franchisors.
– Kyle C
Thank you, Nancy, and your team for reviewing my contract with SB franchise and providing helpful guidance. I will be sure to recommend you to anyone needing Franchise Agreement representation. I will let you know if I need any further legal representation in regards to SB franchise. Take care.
– Jim R
Erin & Nancy,
After executing of the franchise documents and wire transfer I wanted to follow up with a note to say thank you. As someone new to franchising it was important to me to make sure I got started on good footing and understood the details of the business arrangement. I appreciate your firms attention to detail, professionalism, and willingness to answer my questions as a client. Thanks again and I hope 2021 is a great year for you.
– Andrew F
I believe in engaging the proper experts at the proper time, and simply [a] cost of doing business.
It was not clear to me that I would get $2,200 in value [for the franchise document review].
You delivered critical insights, making the investment a bargain – Thank You!
– Mark L
Zoe and I just wanted wish you a happy new year. We also wanted to share with you that Yvonne has been fantastic! She’s thorough and so hardworking ( as you know 😊 ). We really appreciate everything you and Yvonne have done for us.
Hope you have a great holiday,
– Ryan and Zoe
I will recommend you to our friends who just signed on for 3 stores with MSS in New Jersey.
– Joe A
Thank you for everything going all the way back to the LOI. This has been a long road. I very much appreciate your patience, your guidance, your expertise, and your commitment every step of the way. I have every confidence that I have the best possible terms & conditions in this lease because I had you in my corner. I hope to be in touch again in just under five years to get your help with our first extension! Until then, I hope to hear about Lanard and Associates involvement in many other Athletic Republic center openings – we’ll be all the better for it.
– Alen M
Thank you for the message. We have enjoyed working with you and Yvonne during the workings of our PSP retail lease. You both exemplify professional excellence and we were particularly impressed by the assiduousness with which Yvonne approached lease negotiations.
We hope to rely upon your services in future as we choose our second PSP location and face issues of another tenancy.
Wishing you continued success and the best of health.
– Janet and Michael
Jon and I also want to thank you and Yvonne for helping us through a difficult lease and then a difficult termination. We are so grateful to both of you for your guidance and support. While things didn’t turn out as planned, we appreciated the incredible service. And we cannot say enough good things about Yvonne. What a remarkable woman as a lawyer and as a friend.
It’s no surprise or coincidence to me that I am now able to put the legal issues 100% behind me. Thanks to your personal dedication, experience, and expertise. I had been able to largely continue living my normal life despite how upsetting and distracting all of this has been for me over the past six months. I am certain that this is because of the confidence that you and your team had given me. I really value honesty, effort, experience, and timeliness which are all qualities I have had the pleasure of experiencing while working with you and your team of the last half year. The quick response time to my questions (no matter how insignificant), the honest assessment, answers and feedback, and creative solutions that allowed us to prevail really kept me at ease throughout the entire process.
Of course it is important that we were able to “prevail”, but more important the knowledge of the last six months that the situation was out of my control as strange as that may be. As in I did not have to doubt at any point that you knew the best course of action and would give the case and myself the amount of attention needed…whether coordinating it in another state or whatever would be needed. I am certainly not a perfect business owner and do make mistakes. But that confidence is something invaluable. It helped me to continue with my normal life as best as I could. Whether this entire situation worked in my favor or not was not nearly as important as knowing that you and your team did the best that you could. And fortunately it worked just as it should have.
Had I been working with another attorney I may still be dealing with this situation…and likely with a lot more negative mental energy expended, legal costs, and money given to undeserving buyers.
I am pretty certain of that after working with a few attorneys before working with you, who had come from referrals and overall left me with little confidence in attorneys in general. That is when I finally chose to search for a competent and skilled attorney I could trust to work with. I called about thirty attorneys and emailed even more as a way to find someone that would meet the qualities I was looking for.
In just a few minutes of speaking with you I was sold because of your honesty in what I can expect from working with you, your personal attention, and most importantly your experience and skill. Over the past many months you have gone above and beyond to support me in the […] issues and potential sale of my other business which I have just entered into due diligence on. I really continue to appreciate your quick answer my phone calls and emails while addressing my questions specifically with honest and realistic answers. If you don’t know the answer yourself, you’re humble enough to say so and bring in an expert on a specific matter. You have aligned yourself with some talented people and that makes all the difference. The clever solution and follow-through (and again speed) really are appreciated.
I will never be able to express how privileged I feel to have you and your team in my corner. You and your team really did make a huge difference in my life and I really want you to know how thankful I am for your continued support.
– Jason B
When my wife and I decided to purchase a franchise business we sought to find the best attorney for the job. Without question we found you and your firm. It started by the immense and detailed amount of information you gave to everyone on your website, to the promptness of your responses whether it was by phone or by email, to your confidence and sheer determination to get things changed in the agreements.
I am truly impressed with your thoroughness, attention to detail, and your sincere desire to protect your client. Your experience with these matters helped us make a wise decision and now that we have chosen the right Franchise to purchase, we completely understand how important it is to have the absolute best attorney in the business.
This is a very exciting yet concerned part of our lives and you truly relieved a lot of the pressure and made it a pleasure.
– Jeff And Chris Montemurro
Montemurro Enterprises, LLC
This lady is worth every penny!
– Gary Stevens
She handles issues expeditiously and with fine attention to detail. She has been involved with everything from our building leases, non- disclosure agreements, company disclaimers and personnel documents. I am pleased with her work and feel that her fees are very reasonable. I would recommend her services to you.
– Tom Cassin
My clients often ask me for the name of a franchise attorney to review their agreements. Without hesitation I refer Nancy Lanard. I feel confident that Nancy will guide my clients in the direction that is in their best interest in a timely fashion.
Nancy is efficient, prompt and very knowledgeable about franchise law and does an excellent job educating my clients through the final phase of their exciting journey toward business ownership.
– Karol Mercurio, Franchise Consultant
Nancy is the best Franchise Attorney in the business. I recommend her to anyone that wants to Franchise their business.
She walks you through every step of the legal process. She is the GOLD standard in her profession.
Our firm for any future legal services I may need.
Sara has done a wonderful job and I have really enjoyed working with her.
– Teresa S.
Thank you very much.
It was great for me too. Sara worked very hard on negotiating best terms for me. I can recommend your services to anyone.
– Elena S.
Sara has been great to work with. I really appreciate all her hard work, especially early on in the process.
Her expertise and insight have been invaluable.
I would certainly recommend her services.
– Rich F.
I just got off the phone with Sara Korol, and I want to thank you for sending me to her.
I found her to be a first-rate lawyer and a first-rate listener.
She heard what I had to say about various issues in the franchise agreement. She fought on my behalf for some changes and got most of them.
I am very pleased with the results, and I intend to move forward with the franchise.
– Ben Y.
Nancy, Your work is outstanding!!! Angela and I really appreciate your communication skills, sense of urgency and efficiency.
We will absolutely refer you to anyone looking for legal services.
Also, the buyer plans to reach out to you next time as they were very impressed.
I just wanted to let you all know that I would highly recommend Nancy Lanard for any legal services regarding lease and letter of intent negotiations for a […] franchise. I would particularly recommend her to [those of] us new to the franchise world, yet [who] want to find retail space among the big franchises…. Until she stepped in, I was depending on the direction from my real estate broker. If I had continued this route I am guessing I would still be in negotiations or I would have signed a lease that significantly favored the landlord. Once Nancy got involved, she righted my neophyte mistakes and expedited a deal that I feel is very fair and balanced to all parties. Now I have a spot for my franchise where I can look out at the big boys and feel very good about it. Thanks for referencing her in our training manual. She did a great job.
– Mark Coffield, KnowledgePoints Franchisee
It is a pleasure working with Sara, she has been extremely helpful, patient and kind in guiding me through the legal aspects of our new business. I look forward to a continued relationship with Sara and your firm.
– Amanda S.
Hi Nancy, Thank you again for all of your assistance.
It has been a pleasure working with you, and I have more confidence moving forward with the consulting business knowing you are available to help. I will definitely recommend you to any of my colleagues who might also need advice and assistance.
My fingers are crossed for Company XYZ; I’ll let you know their comments as soon as they send them.
– Theresa W.
Thanks to you guys, I just signed the lease. I appreciate all the help you guys have provided me with. Sara was so wonderful explaining details about the lease. She was patient, professional, nice and at the same time friendly.
I think your work has been outstanding on this revision. I can’t tell you how pleased I am with your work or thank you enough.
As I told you before I have had nothing but negative experiences with attorneys in the past and feel fortunate to have found you to help with this deal.
– Jason B.
– Wendy B.
“You guys, especially Sara, did a fantastic job for us and kept us informed about everything throughout the whole [lease] process! Sara got all bumps in the road smoothed out and made the whole experience much easier than some of the other stories I’ve heard while going through this process! You guys are wonderful and look forward to working with you again on my next […] store!”
I signed the franchisee agreement with AR . I am happy with what I was able to get in place. That being said it was only possible due to what Erin did, I thoroughly enjoyed working with her. Her professionalism and ability to grasp what I thought I wanted vs what I needed and put it into appropriate terms was invaluable!! I look forward to working with you in the future
Thank you – It has been a pleasure working with you
– S. Simpson
It was a pleasure working with you as well!
Now that we have finalized this [lease review and negotiation] matter I would like to tell you about our experience with Sara Korol.
During this project we have dealt with SEVERAL individuals and it has definitely been scary, stressful and eye opening. The one bright spot has certainly been Sara. Our emails and phones calls were quickly answered and she always made herself available. Sara’s professionalism and ability to make us feel like we were her only clients was second to none. Sharon and I always felt like she had our back like a family member would. At times I am certain she had the Landlord team on their heels with the revisions she suggested and that is a very good thing. We felt extremely lucky to have Sara in our corner during the lease negotiation process.
We will be recommending your company to anybody we can. If we are fortunate to be successful enough to open more locations there is no doubt in our minds that Lanard and Associates will be our only contact. Sara is an amazing asset to your company (but you already knew that 🙂)
Keep up the great work!!
– John and Sharon H
First of all I want to say what a privilege it was to work with you and specifically Sara. What an extensive, thorough, and professional job she did with/for me with the FDD, FA, and addendum efforts. I am so glad that I took the recommendations of the […]/Benetrends team to work with your firm and her recommendation to present a complete addendum to the franchisor.
– Erik K.
I feel that we went to war together and strategized the start of a successful business venture for me and hopefully a relationship with your firm that I can count on for years to come. You[r] overall wisdom, understanding, and patience to work with me as needed to get this done has been a true pleasure. Now I can get some sleep 😉
I just concluded my welcome call with […] and will be initiating the wire transfer of the deposit to them as soon as I can connect with my bank to release the daily restrictions to the amount needed to be sent.
All in all, we seem to be starting on a positive.
– Erik K
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! Sara, your patience and guidance were invaluable in helping us navigate through this journey. Nancy, we appreciate you keeping tabs on the situation from beginning to end.”
– Ed And Christina
We Deeply Care About Our Clients’ Needs And Our Respected Relationships. With These Testimonials, You Can Rest Assured That Our Services Are Right For You.
“I would like to give you my heartfelt thanks for getting me through a difficult time with my franchise company. I felt that I was between a rock and a hard place, with my franchisor demanding that I open a second location while my first one was still losing money. The threats, the pressure, and the arm-twisting came to a sudden end as soon as I mentioned that you were representing me. I’m not terribly surprised by this change of heart on their part since your reputation as a franchise attorney is excellent. I first presented my difficulties to my father, since he is also an attorney. His immediate response was that I needed representation by someone with extensive experience with franchises. Although he knows many lawyers, he felt that you could best help me. The advice you gave me, as well as the inconsistencies you found in my franchise contracts, gave me a clear plan of action. Everything was settled, and I feel about 1,000 pounds lighter. Please feel free to use me as a reference at any time. And special thanks for all of the much needed and appreciated hand-holding.”
– Candice C.
Business And Franchise Law Expertise
“As a lawyer myself, I know the importance of hiring someone who is an expert in her field to handle a legal matter. When I began contemplating buying a small franchise in the Philadelphia area, I was pointed in Nancy’s direction for her expertise in business and franchise law. She has been a delight to work with – and that’s not something people usually say about their lawyers. Nancy is competent, compassionate and efficient. She knows her business and inspires confidence every step along the way. Whatever your business law needs, you will be in good hands with Nancy Lanard and her associates.”
– Jenny L.
Patient And Tenacious
“I can never begin to express how much you helped Rich and me as we went through negotiations with [the Landlord] to secure our lease space here in Houston. As new franchisees and novices in securing lease space, it was a great comfort to have you as our attorney. It was so reassuring to see your command of the law and how diligent you were in protecting us during the negotiation process. Yes, your legal expertise was much needed! But, your patience with us and your tenacity with [the Landlord] made the process so much more pleasant. We are so grateful to have you as our attorney and we would recommend anyone in need of legal expertise to use you!”
– Sharron And Richard Q.
The Real Deal
“Once again thank you for all your efforts and assistance on my legal matter. You were extremely helpful, professional and a real people person. I truly found a friend, trustworthy attorney with real knowledge and experience, to get me through a difficult legal issue. Nancy Lanard is the real deal!”
Flexible To Fit My Schedule
“As your availability for me both Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning for last-minute revisions before the big meeting! I’ve already given your name to a few people and plan to keep doing so.”
– Sue Adler, Keller Williams Realty
Professional And Patient
“Thank you very much for your help with the lease. It was my first commercial lease ever and I am glad it is finally done. You have no idea! It was a grueling process for me and without your help, I would have thrown in the towel. The sentences are so long that when I get mid-sentence, I forget what the first part of the sentence was about. I greatly appreciate your patience, your guidance and your professionalism. I would definitely send you referrals.”
– Ling H.
Wonderful Support And Legal Services
“Thanks Yvonne! Your and Nancy’s wonderful support and legal services were/are much appreciated throughout the entire process. This could not have happened without you and Nancy. We look forward to working with you and Nancy in the near future! Also, we hope both of you will be able to attend our family and friends’ day and grand opening for our first store in the near future. We made a great partnership.”
– Wayne & Karen D.
“Rebecca Ross is the attorney that represents my interest on this very important business endeavor [the lease for my franchise]. [Her email on adding language in the lease to protect me relating to the coronavirus] is proactive and most of all, a client-centric action that I’ve rarely seen from any legal representation. I’m so proud and thankful that our [franchise system] chooses to do business with such professional and thoughtful people. Great job Rebecca and Nancy. BIG FAN!”
– Rick H
Achieved Tremendous Results
“We both want to thank you for the tremendous results you achieved for us. We can’t tell you how much we appreciated how fast and thorough you were, especially while on your vacation! We just want you to know how happy we are with the service you provided for us. Many, many thanks!”
– Diane & Jim
“It is a pleasure to work with you and I am thankful to have you for counsel. Your service is impeccable and I look forward to continuing to work with you.”
– S. Ramsey Walker, Jr. Developer Downingtown, PA
Responsive And Efficient
“Sara and Nancy, I just wanted to let you know how happy I am with the services that your firm provided during the purchase of the Elements in White Plains. You were responsive, efficient and most of all, professional. I truly enjoyed working with you and the whole experience was made much more manageable due to your service. I will think of you in any future endeavors that call for representation. Thanks for everything!”
Best Interests At Heart
“While I only interviewed by phone three other franchise attorneys before engaging your firm, what were differentiation points for me were: Your generous allocation of time with me on a conference call prior to being hired, the level of your professionalism and obvious depth and breadth of your knowledge of the franchise industry. Also, I felt confident that you would have my best interests at heart. After hiring your firm and working with Yvonne: Not only is Yvonne extremely knowledgeable in all legal aspects of franchising but she went out of her way to advise me on the nuances of negotiating more favorable terms. Yvonne was fully engaged with me in the process and her very timely responsiveness to any questions (of which there were many) was nothing short of amazing. Her demeanor is polished and professional. Both you and Yvonne made the legal side of the franchise transaction seamless. I feel completely confident in your abilities and would not hesitate to recommend her/ your firm to anyone in need of legal counsel. Also, I have never seen a franchise attorney create and distribute such an interesting and well-written newsletter addressing topics of significance to potential buyers of franchises.”
– Judy T.
“Thanks Nancy. If our plans work out as planned, you’ll be hearing from us in the future. We are thrilled with the services we received from Vanessa and you.”
Attorneys Who Look Out For Your Best Interest
“I was looking to open my first gym franchise and needed an attorney to help with the contract review and forming our LLC. I could not have been happier with Nancy and Erin. They were thorough and explained things clearly to me every step of the way. They provided great insight and clearly had the expertise needed. I felt very comfortable and always believed they were looking out for my best interests, which really put my mind at ease. As a first-time franchisee, I would highly recommend this group.”
– Matt H
Worth Your Time And Money
“Nancy runs a very professional and friendly law firm. They are deep experts in the franchise arena, with decades of experience. Erin Gray, my lead attorney, was lightning fast in getting on my calendar, and we quickly walked through all the documentation I needed reviewed. She was thorough, friendly, and very capable of breaking down “legal terms” into concepts that made sense to me. The changes/edits were sent out within 24 hours every step of the way. We were done in less than a week! Erin and Nancy are worth your time and money, and will be an asset to any franchise candidate.”
– Phil T
Knowledgeable With Our Lease Negotiation
“Nancy, We want to thank you for the professional service and help we received from you and your firm as we negotiated the lease on our PSP store. We would have been lost without your guidance. Yvonne was extremely knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. We appreciate […] that she was accommodating to our crazy schedules. Again, thank you for your services.”
– Marla & Patrick D
We Could Not Have Done It Without You
“Yvonne: Just want to thank you for your work on our acquisition. You were invaluable to us with your knowledge and timeliness. We could not have done it without you.”