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Nancy L Lanard

Nancy L Lanard

Lanard and Associates
  • Business Law
  • Pennsylvania
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Nancy has decades of experience as both a nationally recognized franchise attorney and general business attorney. Nancy started her franchise legal career as an in-house attorney for the #1 weight-loss company in the US with over 1300 franchised locations. From there Nancy formed her own law firm growing it to over 5 attorneys at its peak. Nancy is Senior Partner at Lanard and Associates. Nancy has received awards from leading franchise periodicals naming her one of the top franchise attorneys in the U.S. Nancy is recognized by both her peers and her clients as a premier franchise attorney having not only the knowledge and experience, but also the compassion for her clients.

Practice Area
  • Business Law
Additional Practice Areas
  • Franchise Law
  • Commercial Real Estate Tenant Representation
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    Free phone consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    We accept VISA, MasterCard and AMEX
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    We handle most franchise matters and some business matters on a flat fee basis.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Pennsylvania
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Founder and Senior Partner
Lanard and Associates
- Current
Senior Partner
Spadea, Lanard & Lignana
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Partner
Law Offices of Nancy L. Lanard, P.C.
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Assistant General Counsel
Nutri/System, Inc.
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Education
Villanova University School of Law
J.D. (1978) | Law
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Honors: Law Review
Activities: Law Review
University of Pennsylvania
M.S. (1975) | Education
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Honors: Graduated with Honors
University of Pennsylvania
B.A. (1974) | Spanish
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Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Awards
Legal Eagle
Franchise Times
Prestigious Legal Eagle Award given to the top franchise attorneys in the U.S. and Canada by Franchise Times
Legal Eagle
Franchise Times
Top franchise attorneys in the U.S.
Superb Attorney
Avvo
Legal Eagle
Franchise Times
One of the top franchise attorneys in the U.S.
Superb Attorney
Avvo
Legal Eagle
Franchise Times
Superb Attorney
Avvo
Legal Eagle
Franchise Times
Superb Attorney
Avvo
Top rated attorney in the U.S.
Legal Eagle
Franchise Times
Superb Attorney
Avvo
Legal Eagle
Franchise Times
Professional Associations
International Franchise Association
Member
- Current
American Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Member of Business Law Section and the Forum on Franchising
Professional Business Network
Board of Trustees
- Current
Activities: Monthly networking event
Pennsylvania State Bar # 28616
Member
- Current
Montgomery Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Member of the Business Law Committee and the Franchise Law Committee
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Member of the Business Law Section and the Solo and Small Firm Section
Publications
Articles & Publications
Fend Off Franchise Fiascos
Costco Magazine
Legal Answers
11 Questions Answered

Q. Send the copies of my passport and certificate of incorporation to potential investor ?
A: I believe you just posted this same question on Avvo, where I answered the question. There is no reason to share your passport info with an investor. If the investor wants to see your Certificate of Organization for the LLC, he or she can obtain that online. The other requested documents, a memorandum and articles of association don't make much sense to me. Before you send him or her anything you should have the investor sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement. This is critical. This sounds like a scam. Have you checked out the investor? You may want to run a background check on him or her. Be careful!
Q. In PA, can you sue a parent company when a local branch of the same company, an independent contractor, harms you?
A: There isn't enough information provided to actually answer this properly. If the local branch is a franchisee typically you cannot go after the franchisor. However, more facts are needed to truly respond properly.
Q. Where do I find the PA law that defines the requirements for what is needed to declare a room as a bedroom
A: Here is the site that defines it under the PA code: https://www.pacode.com/secure/data/055/chapter6400/s6400.81.html. Hope it helps.
Q. How can I start & fund a business?
A: Your question is way too broad to be answered in this forum. You should consult an experienced business attorney and accountant who can assist you figure out if you should operate as a corporation, limited liability company or a sole proprietorship. Additionally, the attorney would need an understanding of your business and business goals. As far as funding, there are many ways to fund a business, and those should also be explored with your professional advisors, such as your accountant and attorney. There are retirement fund roll-overs, SBA loans, etc. Good luck.
Q. I am looking to buy a business but it’s a little complicated/need help drafting a binding contract of sort
A: When buying a business you should have legal representation who drafts an Asset Purchase Agreement and all of the accompanying documents. You should do the due diligence and check that there are no liens on the assets, etc. I am happy to speak with you about your situation. I do not charge for an initial consultation.
Q. Where can we get a blank template of a Pennsylvania Independent Contractor Agreement, which we can edit and fill in?
A: You should retain counsel to advise you. Each independent contractor situation is different. The attorney can prepare an independent contractor agreement that can be used as a template for the various situations. Good luck.
Q. I'd like to buy a business in my town - should I buy it as a corporation?
A: You should buy only the assets of the business, not the stock or membership interest of the entity that currently owns the business. Most like you should form your own entity - either a corporation or limited liability company to own the business. You should consult with an attorney to advise you. Depending on the type of business, it is likely you will want to own the business as a corporation or LLC.
Q. How do i begin the trademark process?
A: It sounds like you are asking how to register a trademark with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Although uspto.gov does have instructions for filing. However, this can be a difficult legal process that should start with a nationwide trademark search and then filing in the proper category. I strongly suggest that you retain experienced counsel to handle this for you. The process is lengthy - typically 9 months or more.
Q. I signed a promissory note for money to start a business. I am in default, what kind of lawyer do I need? Thankyou
A: Any business attorney should be able to assist you. I do not know you and have not reviewed all the facts, but you may want to discuss this with the lender and see if you can work out a payment plan or some new terms. Good luck.
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600 W. Germantown Pike
Suite 400
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
USA
Telephone: (215) 392-0030 Ext. 101
Fax: (215) 392-2610