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

The Use of Buy-Sell Agreements in Succession Planning

By: Corey Moore – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in October 2018 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

Amendment 74

By: Tim Brynteson- Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column on November 29th, 2018 It may seem like common-sense that the Government is required to compensate land owners when it “takes” or “damages” private property. In fact, this has been… Read More

Environmental Policy Change has Major Implications for Colorado

By: John Kolanz A version of this article was published in BizWest in November 2018. The Trump Administration’s emphasis on state empowerment has garnered significant attention, particularly in the environmental arena. So it is somewhat surprising that a recent change… Read More
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Simplest Estate Planning

By: Jeff Bedingfield – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column on September 27th, 2018 Have you ever wondered if there is a simple way to pass assets at death? Maybe for that elderly parent with few remaining assets? Well,… Read More

Revocable Living Trusts for Second Homes

By: Tim Brynteson- Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in July 2018 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 as… Read More

Adverse Possession: Losing the Farm without Even Knowing It

By: Lia Szasz – Published in the BizWest Thought Leaders column in May 2018. Did you know that, under Colorado statute, someone can obtain title to your land without paying for it? Under the doctrine of adverse possession, if someone… Read More

ARE YOU THE CONTROLLING TYPE?

By: John Kolanz A version of this article was published in the March 2018 BizWest Thought Leaders column. If so, and you own property on which tenants engage in certain regulated activities, you should consider consulting a specialist for a… Read More

Surprising Scope of Asbestos Regulation

By: John Kolanz A version of this article was published in the January 2018 BizWest Thought Leaders column. Most know that asbestos is bad stuff. However, building owners are often surprised to learn that federal and state asbestos requirements can… Read More

Clean Water Act Rule: Review of the Clean Water Act Jurisdictional Rule Considerations for Moving Forward by: John Kolanz

John recently had an extensive article published in The Water Report (see link below).  He also spoke at CSU on June 13th on the Waters of the United States rulemaking at the 2017 Universities Council on Water Resources/National Institutes for… Read More

Utah Rodent in Middle of Ideological Tug-Of-War

By: John Kolanz A version of this article was published in BizWest in May 2017. Against the backdrop of the Trump Administration’s determined deregulatory efforts, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers Colorado) recently affirmed substantial federal authority to… Read More