I have been interested in law since high school. Luckily, my family has been there... more
I have been interested in law since high school. Luckily, my family has been there for me throughout my entire law school career. I am married to a great woman who is currently on track to be an excellent baker and will one day take the bakery world by storm. On a more business related note, I really enjoy working with small businesses because I know that is what todays society was built... view profile
Mary M. Clapp is pleased to represent her clients in accomplishing their business... more
Mary M. Clapp is pleased to represent her clients in accomplishing their business goals and in addressing a variety of legal issues that arise in business. She focuses her practice on: Franchise Law, Contracts, Employment Law, Commercial Leasing, Trademark Law, Construction Law and General Business representation. Mary believes that each person has a responsibility to assist in her commun... view profile
I have been a lawyer for over 40 years; 35 in the field of franchise law, well... more
I have been a lawyer for over 40 years; 35 in the field of franchise law, well before it was a recognized area of practice. I am a member of the American Bar Association's Business Law Section and the Forum on Franchising, and the former chair of the Forums Solo and Small Firm Network. I am a founding member of the Franchise Law Committee of the Business Law Section of the Florida Bar, a former... view profile
Prior to attending law school I ran a successful, multi-million dollar retail garden... more
Prior to attending law school I ran a successful, multi-million dollar retail garden center and home-improvement materials business. That valuable experience has helped me be a better attorney to my clients because, I have been there as a businessman. I understand what the goal is. The goal is to get the deal done.
Franchise law applies to franchisors like McDonald's ®, who allow you to buy and operate a business using the franchise trademarks, name, and business methods. In return, you, the franchisee, get the name recognition value and reputation of the franchisor. A franchise lawyer will make sure the franchisor treats you fairly. Franchises can be expensive, and when you buy one you are gambling on the franchisor's success. Franchise lawyers know the many franchise laws that prevent the franchisor from taking advantage of you. If you are considering franchising your business, a franchise lawyer can also help you with that decision.