If the franchisor routinely places liens on inventory or other assets of the franchise location, a paralegal will often be the one to make the initial Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”) filings, amend them as needed for relocations or other changes, file assignments or terminations and keep up with renewals. If the franchisor has optional purchasing agreements for certain products and services to be offered to customers, a paralegal may either generate the agreements or provide the correct signature blocks for another department to do so.
If the franchise chain is composed of restaurants or convenience store outlets, the paralegal may be filing periodic reports with government offices responsible for food-service or food sales matters. In some companies the same paralegal handling franchise matters may be handling licensing and regulatory matters for corporate locations as well. (Many franchisors have a mixed system: part corporate and part franchise.)