Auto Dealer Attorneys

Opening and operating an auto dealership can be a rewarding business experience which can also have substantial financial rewards. However, in order to succeed, it is often necessary to contend with a range of legal issues that arise in the business environment.

James Arenson has spent over 22 years in the auto dealer business. The legal team at Arenson Law Group, PC has over three decades of experience. We know the convoluted rules and regulations that follow the auto dealer business and franchise law. Who knows the industry better than someone who ran their own successful dealership?

While you can manage the business decisions necessary to build a successful auto dealership in Iowa, Wisconsin, or Minnesota, our team at Arenson Law Group, PC, knows that dealing with legal issues can be much more difficult. Fortunately, with the help of attorneys with intimate knowledge of the legal complexities auto dealerships typically face, you can rest assured that your business is in capable hands.

Do I Need an Auto Dealer Lawyer?

When opening up a new business, we often don’t really consider the legal standards beforehand. Most of us don’t even think about all the different issues it till it is too late. It is important to understand what the legal do’s and don’t’s are when starting or continuing to run a business, because you can prevent legal issues before they ever arise.

Obtaining an auto dealership license can quickly lead to having to face complex rules and regulations that are hard to understand. These intricate regulations are closely monitored by State officials and Motor Vehicle boards. One wrong move and these groups have the ability to revoke your dealership license. Awareness of these rules is a necessity to keep your business afloat.

The attorneys at Arenson Law Group, PC have considerable experience and the knowledge necessary to assist you in tackling legal problems that may arise during the course of opening and owning an auto dealership. Let our skilled lawyers help you run a successful business. We can walk you through the legal landscape, keep you updated on changes in standards, and assist you through the inevitable complexities involved in auto dealer law.

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Auto dealers will face many issues in the management of their businesses where legal advice and assistance is crucial. Having the guidance of a skilled attorney when dealing with the following issues can be critical:

  • Formation of Entity: For a company to start, it is required to create a government-recognized legal entity. This entity will represent and be responsible for any dealings with the government. It is important that when forming an entity, your best interests are put first and protected.
  • Employment Issues: There are several employment issues that arise when running an auto dealership. The labor practices and guidelines can be daunting to an employer, but with a skilled attorney, you can protect your business while resolving employment disputes.
  • Expense Reduction: There are unavoidable expenses that come with owning a business. With strategic planning, it is possible to reduce some unnecessary expenses and maximize profits for the new business. With a lawyer helping with expense reduction, you can focus on efficiently operating a high-quality business.
  • Franchise Relocation: Not all franchise locations are successful. In order for the business to grow, sometimes relocation is necessary. Time spent away from running the franchise means less development for the business overall. Our attorneys will handle the regulations of relocation so you can run your business.
  • Consumer Issues: The consumer is an integral part of any business, and their complaints or issues could lead difficulties for your dealership. A violation of consumer protection is serious, and our lawyers can help you navigate toward a successful outcome.
  • Publicity Issues: A company’s brand is their identity in the business world. For someone else to capitalize on the brand without permission would be a violation of the business’s right to publicity.
  • Mergers and Acquisitions: Combining businesses together comes with a whole host of hardships, such as reorganization, reconstruction, liquidations, dealing with finances, and much more. A skilled attorney can help at any stage of the process to help efficiently get to the end goal of creating a new business.
  • Franchise Divestitures: Unfortunately, sometimes one of your many franchises might not be successful. If that happens, it becomes more difficult to keep all the other franchises running. Divestiture, or the process of selling off a franchise, is an option, and an attorney can get you the best result.
  • Franchise Acquisitions: This can happen in one of two ways: being acquired or acquiring a franchise. Either way, franchise acquisition helps expand your business. Along with the process comes legal complexities that are difficult to navigate. A skilled attorney can ensure the benefits of acquisitions outweigh the risks.
  • Dealing with Crises: Crises are an inevitable part of business. While business owners are usually more than capable of dealing with crises, it is during the unexpected crises that a legal team can provide crucial assistance.
  • Cash Flow Issues: Cash flow can be difficult to manage, especially when dealing with anticipated and unanticipated expenses. Regardless, the expenses must be paid. Careful management of cash flow can help keep a business running successfully.

Whether you are facing an unexpected legal problem or need help dealing with the everyday business issues, a lawyer knowledgeable in auto dealer law can be invaluable.

Talk to an Auto Dealer Lawyer based in Iowa

The lawyers at Arenson Law Group, PC are ready to work for you. We want to ensure that your business is not facing legal hurdles that could easily be prevented or taken care of. Your focus is your business, not the law. Time and time again, it has been proven that a lawyer can significantly increase your chance of a favorable outcome. Let us work to make sure you and your business are protected.

If you currently own an auto dealership in Iowa, Wisconsin, or Minnesota, or are considering opening one, the lawyers at Arenson Law Group, PC have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you with all your legal needs. Our head attorney, James Arenson, has personal experience with auto dealerships, and associate John Hofmeyer can assist you if you live in Wisconsin or Minnesota. Call (319) 363-8199 to discuss your needs with us and get the support you need.

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