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Another RD Cadaver

Or just pick "D", All of the Above!!
Real Deals on Home Decor is NO DEAL for franchisees.
Just Free "Sucker Money" for the Corporate Officers (all related to eachother, FYI)
Can you say Dale Carnegie School of Sales????
If I sell you a Lake in the middle of the ocean (like another contributor said) and told you that you should be able to make $5-6K within three months selling freshwater fishing licenses would you buy the lake? Please call me now!! I've got about 70 for sell. All I want it $20-25K for your right to hang my sign and buy your gear where I tell you to buy it, then I'll only take 6% of your gross sales and I'll only require you to buy additional advertising (at your own expense, of course). I'll sell you Sucker Fish to stock your lake for only an additional fee over my purchase price too! :-)

Please Please Please Pay CLOSE attention to what you read here from experienced franchisees.
Real Deals on Home Decor is a Joke, and we were all the butts of it!!!
Like someone else said above, We are sharing our stupidity and misplaced trust with you so you can avoid a financial catastrophe. FYI, on the number of "closed" Real Deals, SERIOUSLY????
Only three?? That is rich. Just rich. Every store that sold or transfered is also due solely to failure.
Did you not read the first thread from the people who just recently bought in?
This Real Deals on Home Decor, or Real Deals Home Decor - however you call it, is a unilateral relationship from your pocket book to theirs. They do not risk anything. They are selling an idea, not a proven system. Not a proven System. NOT A PROVEN SYSTEM. The only thing they've managed to prove is that they are incompetent at best, and that they can sell a lake in the middle of the ocean to a bunch of obviously blindly trusting fools like all of us. Yes, there's lots of us.
This is a fledgling franchise with absolutely NO proven history of any kind beyond complete and utter failure.
It's your call, dial wisely!!

Real deals

Help! So it's 2016 now how are people feeling about this franchise? I was moments away from signing on the dotted line to buy a franchise from the current owner.... And now this.

Real Deals

I hope you didn't sign on the dotted line.

Real Deals on Home Decor DON'T DO IT!!!

Please don't do it, for your sake, your familys' sake, your savings sake. DON'T DO IT.
I have been tracking Real Deals since I bought one in 2008 and closed in 2011. Every Single Store that is open today is NOT any one of the owners who were open in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and now. They have ALL closed or been resold for a fraction of the price of only inventory on hand. There are now new franchisee's where there never were and NO Franchisees where there were. This means every single one of these franchisees and their families lost their life savings. Every One, except of course the ones owned by the Franchisor Family consisting of Five Sisters, their husbands and nuclear family.
Open your own store, make your own connections with vendors, do your homework. This company is a tightly held family Ponzi Scheme. Nothing more. There are at minimum, SIXTY of us who all share the exact same experience. We are the original franchisees, and the first, second, third, and fourth round franchisees. We all went broke due to a complete failure of the franchisors to run a competent business. Of course that's giving them too much credit for just being stupid, when we wish that was the case. They are calculating, lying, manipulating, and charming as any sociopath. I don't care if it's 2011, or 2025, the scheme is the same. It's a failure of a business model with charming sociopaths at the helm. Their only goal is to separate you from your money, and they are quite adept at that.

**Following**

I too am wondering if others have anything better to say now that it is 2016. Or if you bought the franchise and have any opinions now.

Real Deals on Home Decor

Still a big fat no!!! Run far and fast

If you want to LOSE your Life Savings, go ahead, Real Deals It.

Please don't do it, for your sake, your familys' sake, your savings sake. DON'T DO IT.
I have been tracking Real Deals since I bought one in 2008 and closed in 2011. Every Single Store that is open today is NOT any one of the owners who were open in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and now. They have ALL closed or been resold for a fraction of the price of only inventory on hand. There are now new franchisee's where there never were and NO Franchisees where there were. This means every single one of these franchisees and their families lost their life savings. Every One, except of course the ones owned by the Franchisor Family consisting of Five Sisters, their husbands and nuclear family.
Open your own store, make your own connections with vendors, do your homework. This company is a tightly held family Ponzi Scheme. Nothing more. There are at minimum, SIXTY of us who all share the exact same experience. We are the original franchisees, and the first, second, third, and fourth round franchisees. We all went broke due to a complete failure of the franchisors to run a competent business. Of course that's giving them too much credit for just being stupid, when we wish that was the case. They are calculating, lying, manipulating, and charming as any sociopath. I don't care if it's 2011, or 2025, the scheme is the same. It's a failure of a business model with charming sociopaths at the helm. Their only goal is to separate you from your money, and they are quite adept at that.

Correction

There is one store still open from that time period in North Ogden, Ut. I believe that she also works for the corporate Real Deals office. Other than that, you are right!!

Like witnessing a train wreck!

I just read an article of a 'near retirement' couple who are opening a Real Deals in a nearby city. I am sickened to read about the huge remodel that they are planning and the associated costs. (more than 1/2 million). They will then pay for the franchise, their opening inventory, displays, pos, etc, etc, etc. I am horrified! I want to reach out to them and tell them to run. Their nest egg is essentially down the toilet! They will have a huge grand opening, things will look great. Then, they will see that with the low margins and lower buying power of Real Deals that they will not be able to actually show a profit. They will ask to change margins, or market differently, or buy items that would appeal more for this region. They will be politely turned down. They will continue to followup pleading their case and then they will be told that they are not team players, and that they need to just follow the system. Meanwhile they will continue having big days selling, but not quite big enough given their poor margin. At the end of the year the accountant will tell them that he will list the business as a 'hobby' given its low actual income.
It would be a great side business if you have VERY low overhead and and a small loan at the bank. A half million dollars? Forget about it!!

Real Deals Franchise Warning

Well, I guess almost everything I wanted to say about Real Deals on Home Decor franchise has been said.
It's not really a franchise. More of a tightly held family corporation issuing licenses for an amount of money commensurate with extortion for services/help/hope/information/systems which are truly non-existent, yet handed out like Botchulism-in-a-can by a truly self-absorbed group of sales snakes!!
Please don't hand your hard-earned money, your parent's money, your friend's money, your loan money, your life savings, or your dead dog over to these people. Run like Hell!

HELP- Anytime Fitness Franchise Fee REFUNDED

We searched and researched for 6 months + prior to signing. Anytime Corp flew to my city and did a sales presentation trying to get people to open in our area. Corp proudly voiced their 740 average # of members and 2-3% failure rate..The day before the "Sales Pitch Conference" we got a phone call that if we did not pay & sign we were going to loose the area we have been researching for the last 6 months, which we lost anyway... So we signed and paid. Now the situation for our market is ALL of the gyms are FAILING (happened in 2010, so not posted in Disclosure Document). Failing as in have closed their doors, sold, or are struggling (9 out of 10 in our market). Gyms that have 200-350 members after years on being open, when break even is near 500+. Before dumping our life saving into this disaster we asked for a refund of our fee and we would go our own way. We have been mislead and deceived. We are going to pursue a refund of our full franchise fee. Aware that the fee is non-refundable, but searching for ways to get around their ironclad system.

Any help or advise would be appreciated.

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why?

"We are going to pursue a refund of our full franchise fee. Aware that the fee is non-refundable"

Why (or how) do you think you'll get that?  Just because you want it?  At least you didn't ride a failure all the way down to the ground, and you're only out the Franchise Fee.  Go see the Fitness threads.  Lots of people lost a lot more than you did.

Bagels

Franny
How do I apply for a job at Larry King's new bagel shop? I am an experienced bagel baker originally from Brooklyn. I now live in California.

Thanks
Julius Goldman

Differences Between Licensees Vs. Being a Franchisee

In general, can you tell me the legal and economic differences between being a licensee versus a franchisee? Do you have more control being a licensee?

Franchisor charging franchisees

Can a franchisor dictate to franchisees that the franchisees need to provide a product or a service that is only available via franchisor. I'm going to guess the answer is - Yes! Does the franchisor have any limitations on the pricing or profit margins they charge the franchisees?

new franchise

I am looking into a new (to the USA) franchise in the travel information industry.  What are the downsides to the franchisor being based outside the USA, (in this case the UK)?

thanks,

mike

Franchisor increased cost of service

I am a staffing service franchisee and my franchisor just raised all franchisees rates charged for their self insured workers compensation program by a substantial percentage with no notice. Their self insured program is now 2 to 4 times more expensive than state rates. Do the franchisees have any right to expect that the zoor is not using this as a way to increase royalties?

Express Personnel Lawsuit

Will you post/comment on the Express Employment Professionals Lawsuit between the two co-founders Bill Stoller and Bob Funk? Is this the end of the franchise? Stoller states that Funk stole about 134 million in company funds or something like that.

Any updates on how this has

Any updates on how this has impacted Express franchisees? It was reported that the lawsuit was tossed out and that Stoller has vowed to re-file. If Stoller's accusations are true and Funk stole in excess of $134 million it would be interesting to know how this has impacted the financial health of the company. At the very least I would be skeptical of the trustworthiness of this franchise.

Franchisees receive 'new agreement' from Franchisor??

I am franchisee of a skincare business. We just received an email from the franchisor with an attachment offering to us to sign the 'new' franchise agreement, stop paying royalties, and release them from all obligations. When asking them what's going on--they respond that they are doing this because this is what some owners are asking for---but if we want to continue to pay the royalty they will continue to operate in 'normal' capacity. They have recently moved out of their corporate location (without telling any of the franchisees)--their location is now a UPS store box. I am still in 'good standing'--what are your thoughts about this? I think they've upheld their end of the bargain up to this point--do I keep paying my royalties and just wait for the other foot to drop? I've asked an attorney (doesn't specialize in franchise law) for advice--and have been told to do nothing--don't sign the new agreement but don't pay anymore royalties. It is likely the franchisor has no money and litigation would end up with $$ other than me being poorer paying for legal fees. I'm not sure what to think or do. My business is 3 years old. I have 2 more years on my lease plus a business loan. I am not making $$ (finally just barely breaking even--but not paying myself anything). Can the franchisor continue to operate out of a 'ups box' and pretend that they are still a 'franchisor'? Anyone with experience and advice on what perhaps I should do?

Get a real franchise attorney an contact other franchisees

You need to organize and review your options. Don't bother with an inexperienced attorney.

next step

i would like to ask , on how to rich someone to help take my next generation of pizza concept
to the next level, and open in all the united states,
we have 2 location in new jersey, this is really next generation of pizza.
alfonso albunia 201 9398300

Franchisee Communication

I have been a franchisee of 4 different franchises over the past 25 years. One common issue I had with each of these franchises is that there was no method for the zees to communicate with each other. I have developed the web site www.franchiseeslinked for this purpose. Do you know which franchise organizations that would benifit from this service?
Thank You!

Franchise Communication

 

I beleive that the 300+ franchisee's of Batteries Plus would benefit from this service.

Income potential

Do you know the average income for a franchise involving non-medical Senior Home Care, such as Home Helpers or First Light?

buying

I have money and no food franchise experience ... which franchise would you recommend I buy?

Mobile Quizno's

You may want to buy a mobile Quizno's! No real estate, no employees just you in van making delicious Quizno's sandwiches delivered hot door-to-door. Think of all the profit you'll make and the freedom of the open road.

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none

"I have money and no food franchise experience ... which franchise would you recommend I buy? "   

None.  Because you'll soon have some very, very expensive experience.  And no money. We've been Franchisees for 15 years but were in the business for years before that.  DON'T do it if you don't know the industry; too easy to be sold a bogus bill of goods by the latest hot concept.

www.franchiseeslinked.com

Dear Franny

I have been a franchise owner of 4 different franchise organizations.  One common issue I had with all 4 franchise organizations was no communication system were in place for the franchisees to communicate amongst themselves.  Maybe this was by design.  Through the years I have received some of the best ideas and advice from fellow franchisees.  So I came up with what I thought was a great concept www.franchiseeslinked.com

 

It's a website specifically for franchisee to franchisee communication. Below is a quick rundown. 

  • Franchisees Linked is a members only private access website  – sure you could do this free on a blog but your competitors will soon be watching your conversations     
  • Communication on Franchisees Linked can be done using your name or communicate anonymous.  All member information is held with the utmost confidentiality.
  • You must be a franchisee to join Franchisees Linked and you will only communicate with franchisees of your franchise organization.
  • Everyone is offered a free trial membership and we offer a 30 day money back guarantee. 

Do you see a need for this in franchise organizations without a communication systems in place for the franchisees?  How can I find out which franchises have communication systems in place?  Can you help me promote this website? 

Thank you.

ps -  I wish I would have found your web site earlier!  Great information you won't find anywhere!   

Fines?

Can anyone tell me if it is legal for my franchisor to fine me.
They have begun this practice recently. $250 for unapproved product, $250 for failing inspections that until this new system was in place I was passing with flying colors. They are auto debiting my account and would like to know what to do. There is nothing in my FA, that I can find, that allows this. I have not received any communication with regard to a change in the FA either.

Janet Sparks/Continental Franchise Review

Do you know if Continental Franchise Review is still in operation? I used to work for them years ago, and noticed that Janet Sparks mentions her affiliation in her bio.

Anytime Fitness and Anytime Health

Anytime Fitness has launched a new website called anytimehealth.com. It's along the lines of sparkpeople.com, it's supposed to provide help to members and non-members with nutrition and fitness topics. Anytime Health is new company with a different tax id number than Anytime Fitness. Anytime Fitness will be charging all the franchisees 50 cents per month for every new member starting on august 1st. In other words, the franchisees are paying for this new site. It will max out at $225 per month or $2700 per year. With 1300 clubs, this will come out to just over $3,500,000 per year for a website.

My question is, can Anytime Fitness legally do this? It was not disclosed to us in any way in our franchise agreements (it is in the new franchise agreements). There was nothing in there saying they would be starting a new company that the franchisees would have to fund. Can franchisors start new companies whenever they feel like it and make the franchisees pay for them?

Government studies disputing franchise industry claims

Could someone please identify the government studies that dispute franchise industry claims? This topic came up in the story about Francorp in the Philippines, posted on BlueMauMau. It says:

Numerous studies commissioned by and performed by U.S. Government agencies have reached a different conclusion than Francorp's study.

Thank you.

Submarina California Subs Legal Troubles

Can anyone shed more light on the embezzlement issues the current owners wife is up against at Submarina California Subs?

http://www.wtop.com/?nid=111&sid=1955830

Is it possible do translate some of your articles ?

Dear Franny

We are a french young franchisee association.
We'd like to publish translations of some of your articles in order to show to the french entrepreneurs how franchising works in the USA.
And we would like to begin with the article you've published a few days ago whose title is "Qualitative Due Diligence for Prospective Food Franchisees"
The URL of the article is : http://www.bluemaumau.org/franchisor_regrets_involvement_franchising

You can see our website at the following url : www.franchise-et-transparence.fr
We would like to annouce your article on this page : http://www.franchise-et-transparence.fr/textes-traitant-des-relations-franchiseur-franchises

Would you, please, allow us to translate this article and to publish the translation on our website ?

Best regards.

Rodolphe GALY-DEJEAN
Délégué général
FRANCHISE & TRANSPARENCE
6B avenue Guynemer
78170 LA CELLE SAINT-CLOUD
Tel : 01 30 82 49 96
Gsm : 06 88 59 43 65
Site : www.franchise-et-transparence.fr
Mail : contact@franchise-aft.fr

Daycare franchises

Hi,
I am doing research on daycare franchises as I would like to get into this industry. Do you have any information on Goddard School, Kiddie Academy, or The Learning Experience?

Thanks

Need help to verify this business

Can you tell me if PWC holdings, LLC is legitamate. They are offering a job and I cannot figure out if this is up and up. HELP the website is physicians well-care center.com Carol Myers founder and senior project coordinator

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PWC - Carol Myers - physicians - ha ha ha

Funny that in the Franchise News section there is an article about this very subject....

When is a franchise not a franchise anymore?

We bought into one of the fitness franchises that has been talked about on this site. As it rapidly fell apart, it was bought by a conglomerate. Currently, the conglomerate has at least 12 different brands and who knows how many operating fitness centers.

I do know that the franchise that I bought into, that had over 300 franchises sold, now has only 2 or 3 still operating, including mine. (although barely getting by) The website says that there are 5, but I think that may be inaccurate.

We still pay our royalties, marketing fees and march along as the good zees. But when does a franchise stop being a franchise. With only 2 or 3 centers still operating, we obviously do not receive the benefit of nationwide advertising, marketing or pretty much any support that you buy a franchise for. It seems that we can't get away from this even though we are pretty much a stand alone business as it is. The remaining centers according to the website are in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and New Jersey.

Recently one of the frnachises closed its doors. One of our members called the conglomerate about buying the franchise. The friendly folks said that they really weren't selling our brand anymore because it wasn't the direction they wanted to go in. How in the world does that play in to this? If we aren't their cup of tea and they are telling people that, is there a way out for us for abandonment?

Any thoughts on this, Franny?

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"Recently one of the

"Recently one of the frnachises closed its doors. One of our members called the conglomerate about buying the franchise. The friendly folks said that they really weren't selling our brand anymore because it wasn't the direction they wanted to go in. How in the world does that play in to this? If we aren't their cup of tea and they are telling people that, is there a way out for us for abandonment?"

A franchise can be a franchise even if there is just one.  But sounds like this might be a good time to negotiate you buying out your franchise agreement.  Othewise you have to read your contract and find some kind of contractural duty that they have breached.

For example, is there really some minimum number of units that they have to have in the system? (Doubtful.)  Are they really required to sell new units to people?  (Doubtful.)  You say the word "abandonment", what is your legal definition of this, what is their contractural duty to support the brand?  Can you show that they breached this duty?  If so, don't invent a 'made up' cause of action like "abandonment", just say what it is they are required to do, and that they failed to do.

Would you like to be "converted" to one of their more viable brands, or do you just want out?  If you want out but the cotnract is still valid since they have not materially breached, then it will cost ya.

Brand Failure Rates

Do you have any more current data on the brand failure rates? It appears that 2/09 is the more current you have.
Thanks!
Tina Marshall

FDD Material change

Dear Franny,

We plan on recruiting 6 additional individuals this year who will be involved in the franchise sales process. In that those involved in the process must be listed in the FDD must we refile as a material change in every instance of recruitment or can we wait until the next registration refiling date which is just under a year away?

Simple answer is no...

However you need to have Franchise Salesperson Disclosure Forms for each new salesperson. You may be required to submit them to California and you should have your attorney review each salesperson disclosure to determine any additional issues.

It is unlikely that you will have to amend your FTC FDD or any registration state filings before your annually occurring updates.

quiznos

Hello

I would like to write an article on my horrendous experience as Quiznos franchise owner. This is something that everone who is considering purchasing a Quiznos should know. Would this be acceptable?

Selling a Franchise

HI,

I purchased a franchise back in 2007 AFTER I received a committment letter from PNC Bank for the SBA loan that I would need for the start up. The bank backed out on me as I was getting ready to sign a lease for a site for our business. I spent the last 2 years searching for a bank to pick up my SBA loan but have had no luck. The Franchisee has now given me a deadline to sell the territory or I will lose my $50k that I gave them to purchase it.

I have emailed, mailed, called, sent out letters, flyers, posted on Craigslist, Ebay, newspapers, Franchise magazines and done everything I can to try to find a buyer, but have not had any luck.
Are there any other options that I am missing. I just can't afford to lose this money and I do not see the Franchisee giving me any offer of a refund.

Thanks!

Bankbeaten in Mass

Find Capital or a Partner

The franchisor likely has no obligation to refund you any of the fee unless a full or partial refund option is in the franchise agreement.

You may want to have your attorney write a nice and respectful letter requesting a 12 month extension for you to fulfill your obligations under the franchise agreement.

Significance of Section 31101 Exemption - California Franchise

When we researched a particular franchisor using Caleasi, they filed a Section 31101 Exemption in March of 2009. We did our lay research as we're early in the process and wondered if this serves as any sort of flag - positive, negative, nada. As I understand it, they have fifteen months from that filing to file the standard reports, which they dutifully filed for many years before 2009.

All information we receive from the franchisor is biased toward sales of franchises, which we expect and respect. However, we are biased towards the aspect of getting the best value for our family from whatever franchise we may end up with. (These biases may or may not be mutually exclusive.)

If anyone would like to explain the 31101 exemption in short and simple words, that would be great.

Thank you in advance.

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31101 Exemption Explained

Sorry to begin this response with "It depends" but to answer your question regarding a 31101 exemption filing by a franchisor being "positive, negative, or nada" - it really "depends" on who you ask. Also, sorry this wasn't short but hopefully you'll find the explanations simple to follow.

But first, we'd like to commend you on utilizing the free information available online for your preliminary research and initial due diligence prior to investing in a franchise opportunity.  Since you've already utilized the free California based database (CALEASI), you might be interested to know that our Foundation (OpenFran) has indexed thousands of CALEASI and other franchise related public documents (including FDD’s from some exempt franchisors) and made them word searchable and downloadable - for free.  www.openfran.org

Here is your answer:  A franchisor who files a 31101 exemption in the State of California is claiming to meet a variety of requirements, including:

  •     Minimum net worth of the franchisor or corporate parent;
  •     5+ years of sustained operational experience (minimum number of franchises, etc.)
  •     Agreement to disclose material changes in a timely fashion.

33101 is known as the "Large Franchisor" exemption. It is our understanding that California enacted the 33101 exemption as a way to reduce regulation and associated expenses. A note: According to various state offices where disclosure filings are required (Disclosure States), it actually costs the state more to review and process a disclosure filing than what they charge franchisors in fees.

The "Franchise Investment Law" (FIL), accompanying regulations and NASAA rules were designed to protect potential "unsophisticated" franchise investors while also protecting legitimate franchisors and franchising in general from unscrupulous operators. The logic behind the 33101 exemption is that larger, financially secure and experienced franchisor is more likely to provide a stable investment/business opportunity to citizens  - thus requiring less oversight.

However, some franchising industry pundits claim that the exemption is counterintuitive to the stated purpose of the FIL disclosure rules and other regulations since it allows these "large" private franchisors, which have greater disproportionate financial advantage over individual franchisees/investors, avoid open, public disclosure of their practices, agreement terms, legal proceedings and ongoing financial condition. Hence, it could be suggested that a large, private franchisor has less investment regulation, oversight, and public disclosure requirements than pretty much any investment opportunity in The United States.

Many of those Franchisors who cannot be exempted (Franchisors must meet all the criteria of 31101) believe the exemption is unfair since it places additional financial burdens on them via higher attorney expenses and the filing fee structure (the exemption filing and annual maintenance fees are substantially less than disclosure filing fees in most registration states).  The logic is that bigger franchisors should pay their proportionate share.

Looking at Blue Maumau, you will see that a large number of disputes discussed on the site involve exempt franchisors.  “Franchisee-side” groups, including Independent Franchisee Associations (IndFA's), argue that the bigger, more powerful, and more complex the franchisor, the larger the opportunity for abuse and heavy-handed dealings.

So, “positive or negative” is in the eye of the beholder.

Ultimately, a UFOC/UFDD is a standardized public disclosure document that must be provided to the franchisee before any franchise agreement is signed and these large franchisors do commit to communicating material changes on an ongoing basis. Franchisors also claim that they will send their FDD to anyone who requests it without any strings but there are no rules that require this practice.

It can be argued that these exemptions increase opacity and decrease unfettered access to timely information to interested parties. Those looking to research an investment without having to pay to attend “Discovery Days” or purchase an FDD will naturally have a harder time locating information and conducting due diligence for one of these large franchise opportunities versus a franchisor who is required to publicly file and disclose their FDD. The same goes for an existing franchisee who wishes to proactively educate themselves on the latest dealings and financial condition of their franchisor.

We hope this information helps!

Reference: http://law.onecle.com/california/corporations/31101.html

About OpenFran.org:

The Open Franchise Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization formed to promote the unfettered access to franchising related documents, such as the UFOC and FDD. It is entirely funded by the generous support of our founding benefactors and franchising community members. Together we advocate franchise openness and equal access to information.

The foundation’s website, OpenFran.org, revolutionizes the way you search for franchising related information.

OpenFran provides free access to every franchising related document archived by CALEASI since 2002, along with 1000s of other franchising related documents (UFOCs, FDDs, filings, exhibits, orders, etc.).

These documents, formerly viewable only as simple images, have had every word fully indexed and made searchable via OpenFran’s PowerSearch feature. This allows you to instantly find what you need. Every archived document is also easily downloadable in the convenient PDF standard. OpenFran provides the PowerSearch functionality and document download features to everyone completely free of charge.

www.openfran.org

 

 

tortious interference

Will tortious interference be applicable in a law suit against my partner for controlling all the incoming prospective clients although this is not how we have done business together for the last 13 years. We have always shared all business with the acknowledgement that we can visit each client together if we so desire. She has unilaterally changed this and hired a person to accompany her in my place. I recieve whatever portion of the business she sends my way. I founded the business. The person she hired has no stake in the business and is actually a non-entity in the business. She has bullied the web designer to keep her number as the contact and I cannot seem to effect any change. We have know each other for 40 years and have worked together for 13.

Loan

Looking for a loan. I have an Annuity to put up as collateral

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