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Denver, Colorado franchise law firm

  • Franchise Law
  • Business & Commercial Law
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  • Prenuptials

Paperbark Law is a boutique law firm providing legal services in franchise law, prenuptial agreements, contracts, and business law.

The best legal advice comes from real-world experience, and the founding attorney was the CEO of a national franchise before turning her sights to becoming a franchise and business attorney. As a boutique law firm, we aim to provide a modern and approachable client experience with flat-rate pricing, online account access, and success-driven relationships.

Paperbark Law provides legal services in franchising, business, and contract law, including the drafting and review of prenuptial agreements. Many of our clients are entering new life ventures--whether that be taking the steps to franchise an already-successful business, purchasing a franchise, or starting a new business entirely. We assist clients in nearly all small business matters, including the formation of entities, drafting and reviewing purchase agreements, licensing agreements, operating agreements, leases, employment contracts, and several other small business contracts. We also work with clients to draft and review prenuptial agreements, because, a like a business contract, a premarital agreement sets out the expectations of both parties. We don't look at prenups as being about divorce; we look them as smart financial planning for a marriage.

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Karen Cockrill

Karen Cockrill, the founding attorney of Paperbark Law, was a successful franchisor for 10 years before becoming a franchise attorney. In 2006, she started a local dog walking company which she grew into a nationally-recognized franchise with operations in over 20 states. As the company franchisor, she oversaw the entire franchise network including drafting and negotiating the franchise agreement, supporting the franchise owners, and preparing the Franchise Disclosure Document for state filings. The franchise received numerous national awards, including being recognized as a Franchise 500 company by Entrepreneur Magazine for 4 consecutive years. It also received the designation as Best Pet Care Franchise and Top Low Cost Franchise by the magazine.

After selling the franchise to private investors, Ms. Cockrill worked as a franchising consultant while simultaneously earning her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.

As a franchise and business attorney, her focus is in helping other entrepreneurs with the legal support they need. Karen is licensed to practice law in Colorado and the District of Columbia.

Katie McLaughlin

Cherry Creek Office
3300 E. 1st Ave, #200
Denver, CO 80206
(720) 999-5517
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