New EPA Memorandum Gives States Further Incentive to Consider Clean Water Act Section 404 Program Assumption

By: John Kolanz – September 30th 2020 New EPA Memorandum Gives States Further Incentive to Consider Clean Water Act Section 404 Program Assumption Clockwise from top left:  Gunnison Sage-Grouse (threatened); Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse (threatened); Colorado Pikeminnow (endangered). A memorandum… Read More

The Use of Buy-Sell Agreements in Succession Planning

By: Corey Moore – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in September 2020. If you are a business owner, do you know what will happen to your business in the event you pass away or become permanently disabled? Every… Read More

Easements: What’s Snow Got to Do With It?

By: Stacey Shea – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in September 2020 It is increasingly common for property owners to divide their properties into two or more lots. While the resulting lots are owned by a single owner… Read More

Construction Business with Unpaid Invoices? Perfect your Lien

By: Danielle Palardy – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in July 2020. The economic recession during COVID-19 has left many people struggling to pay their bills. How can you make sure your construction company gets paid for the… Read More

Force Majeure and the Covid-19 Crisis

By: James Godbold – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in June 2020. We are living in unprecedented times. COVID-19 has impacted almost every aspect of our lives. For businesses, this is an especially difficult time to navigate given… Read More

Landlords & Mortgage Holders – Take Steps Now To Protect Yourselves

By: Stacey Shea – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in May 2020. Commercial and residential landlords and mortgage holders are being faced with some tough decisions. It is important to start taking steps now to protect yourself and… Read More

WOTUS Whiplash

By: John Kolanz – A version of this article was published in BizWest in April 2020. In the latest skirmish of a 45-year old battle, the Trump Administration released its rule defining those waters that will receive federal protection under… Read More

Revocable Living Trusts for Second Homes

By: Tim Brynteson – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in February 2020. Many residents of Colorado own real estate in other states.   If you own a condo, townhome or other piece of real estate in such popular destinations… Read More

Clean Water Act Pitfalls for Moving Dirt

By: John Kolanz – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in January 2020. Few would be surprised that the Clean Water Act requires a permit to discharge effluent from a domestic or industrial wastewater treatment plant.  Less obvious, however,… Read More

State Initiates Stakeholder Process to Clarify Asbestos Regulation

By: John Kolanz A version of this article was published in BizwWest in November 2019. Asbestos regulation involves one of the most far-reaching environmental regulatory programs.  Colorado’s program establishes requirements for owners of all types of buildings from commercial space,… Read More

It Might Be Time to Amend Your Operating Agreement

By: Stacey Shea – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in December 2019.  While you are not required to have an LLC or Partnership Operating Agreement, your attorney will recommend that you do. The Operating Agreement (“OA”) is the… Read More

QUIET TITLE ACTIONS – WHAT ARE THEY? WHEN TO USE THEM?

By: James Godbold – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in October 2019.  Quieting title is a legal procedure to establish someone’s right to ownership of real property against one or more adverse parties.  An adverse party is one… Read More

A Closer Look at Environmental Deregulation

By: John Kolanz – Published in BizWest, August 2019. The Trump Administration’s focus on deregulation is nowhere more noticeable than in the environmental arena, with several headline-grabbing actions to reduce regulatory burdens in matters involving air quality, water quality, fossil… Read More

Colorado Permitting Alert

By: John Kolanz – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in July 2019 The Clean Water Act’s reach holds considerable interest for those in development, oil and gas, and agriculture.  Many in those sectors have closely followed recent battles… Read More

Otis & Bedingfield, LLC attorney James Godbold appointed to the Larimer County Oil and Gas Regulations Task Force

Otis & Bedingfield, LLC attorney James Godbold appointed to the Larimer County Oil and Gas Regulations Task Force This 15-member task force will advise the County on local regulations to supplement Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (“COGCC”) and other… Read More

The Importance of Operating Agreements

By: Tim Brynteson – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in June 2019 An operating agreement is one of a Limited Liability Company’s most important documents.  Although most states don’t legally require an operating agreement, all LLC’s should have… Read More

SB 181 – WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR MINERAL OWNERS

By: James Godbold – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in April 2019. Senate Bill 19-181, the proposed comprehensive overhaul of oil and gas regulation in Colorado, has sparked widespread controversy and debate.  The bill is now headed to… Read More

Estate Planning For All Ages

By: Corey Moore – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in March 2019 Statistics show that the average American waits until the latter stages of life to obtain an estate plan, and while we all hope to live long… Read More

Backyard Chickens: Complying with Municipal Requirements for Suburban Poultry

By: Lia Szasz – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in March 2019. In recent years, growing popularity for keeping chickens in urban and suburban areas has caused many municipalities to adopt ordinances governing backyard chicken operations. While homegrown… Read More

Covenants Not to Compete in Colorado

By: Tim Brynteson – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in February 2019 Whether you are an executive, top salesperson, professional employee, or business owner; it is likely you have been confronted with a covenant not to compete.   These… Read More