Kurkin Forehand Brandes LLP‘s attorneys are highly experienced automotive law counselors for automobile dealers and franchises throughout Florida. The firm’s partners have worked with many Florida automobile dealerships on a variety of business issues, many of which are unique to automobile dealer law.
The firm’s attorneys have helped many automobile dealers on matters pertaining to manufacturer/dealer relationships and other motor vehicle franchising issues. We have successfully represented dealer franchises in matters involving terminations, which hinge on whether a franchisor is able to demonstrate “good cause” to terminate a franchise agreement. We also help dealers with all of the issues pertaining to state licensing and regulations under the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and the Department of Financial Services.
In addition to the state licensing issues and manufacturer/franchise relations, the firm has also represented auto dealers in franchise transfers. These transactions are sometimes intimidating because the automobile manufacturers often take an aggressive posture in adding conditions to proposed transfers. We help dealers understand these issues ahead of time, so that they can negotiate the deal accordingly, and we know when and how to tell the manufacturers “No.”
We have also worked closely with clients in the buying or selling of automobile dealerships. Our work has included the structuring of these complicated transactions and development of the sale/purchase documents as well as the review and modification of financing agreements with lenders.
The firm’s attorneys provide vital automotive law counsel to dealer franchises in developing their legal forms, providing regulatory compliance and business advice, analyzing areas of exposure to liability, and responding to government and manufacturer inquiries. In fact, a significant percentage of vehicle sales and leases in Florida are consummated using documentation drafted, in whole or in part, by Alex Kurkin.