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COVID-19 and Colorado State Courts

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Lyons Gaddis COVID-19 Alert

This Alert is one in a collection of articles created by Lyons Gaddis in our effort to get important information to our clients regarding the effect of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States.  This Alert focuses on small business owners who are dealing with closures and other challenges in response to recommended or mandated social distancing measures in the wake of the spreading coronavirus 

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UPDATE: SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)

Lyons Gaddis COVID-19 Alert

This Alert is one in a collection of articles created by Lyons Gaddis in our effort to get important information to our clients regarding the effect of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States.  This Alert focuses on small business owners who are dealing with closures and other challenges in response to recommended or mandated social distancing measures in the wake of the spreading coronavirus 

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Lyons Gaddis COVID-19 Alert

This Alert is one in a collection of articles created by Lyons Gaddis in our effort to get important information to our clients regarding the effect of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States.  This Alert provides a sample form for use by companies designated as “Essential Businesses and Operations” under Governor Polis' Executive Order D2020-017 (as amended) exempting certain critical services from the stay-at-home Order.

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COVID-19 EMPLOYER CHECKLIST

Lyons Gaddis COVID-19 Alert

This Alert is one in a collection of articles created by Lyons Gaddis in our effort to get important information to our clients regarding the effect of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States.  This Alert focuses on specific issues for employers in response to the current crisis.

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ALERT: COVID-19 and Contract Issues

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This Alert is one in a collection of articles created by Lyons Gaddis in our effort to get important information to our clients regarding the effect of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States.  This Alert focuses on clients dealing with contract rights and obligations in the wake of the spreading coronavirus. Parties to a contract should confer with counsel regarding the particulars of your contract and your specific situation.

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What to Do?  Your Family Law Cases During the Pandemic

Lyons Gaddis COVID-19 Alert

This Alert is one in a collection of articles created by Lyons Gaddis in our effort to get important information to our clients regarding the effect of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States.  This Alert focuses on family law issues and the challenges presented by shelter in place orders, court shutdowns and the looming financial crisis.

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ALERT: Governor Polis Signs Executive Order Regarding Paid Sick Leave

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Lyons Gaddis COVID-19 Alert

This Alert is one in a collection of articles created by Lyons Gaddis in our effort to get important information to our clients regarding the effect of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States.  This Alert focuses on Colorado Governor Jared Polis’ recent Executive Order regarding paid sick leave.

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ALERT: Student Loan Forbearance in the Wake of COVID-19

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Lyons Gaddis COVID-19 Alert

This Alert is one in a collection of articles created by Lyons Gaddis in our effort to get important information to our clients regarding the effect of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States.  This Alert focuses on student loans and a recently announced interest waivers.

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ALERT: Landlords and Property Managers: Response to Tenant Shutdowns

Lyons Gaddis COVID-19 Alert

This Alert is one in a collection of articles created by Lyons Gaddis in our effort to get important information to our clients regarding the effect of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States.  This Alert focuses on commercial real estate owners and their property managers who are seeing their tenants experience a complete or partial shutdown of their businesses in response to recommended or mandated social distancing measures in the wake of the spreading coronavirus.  Landlords and tenants should review their Lease documents and, if needed, seek legal advice regarding your rights and obligations in your particular situation.

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ALERT: Force Majeure and Commercial Leases

Lyons Gaddis COVID-19 Alert

This Alert is one in a collection of articles created by Lyons Gaddis in our effort to get important information to our clients regarding the effect of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States.  This Alert focuses on landlords and tenants who are dealing with closures and other challenges in response to recommended or mandated social distancing measures in the wake of the spreading coronavirus

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ALERT: Small Business Funding and Colorado Disaster Loans

Lyons Gaddis COVID-19 Alert

This Alert is one in a collection of articles created by Lyons Gaddis in our effort to get important information to our clients regarding the effect of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States.  This Alert focuses on small business owners who are dealing with closures and other challenges in response to recommended or mandated social distancing measures in the wake of the spreading coronavirus 

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ALERT: Congress Enacts Families First Coronavirus Response Act

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Lyons Gaddis COVID-19 Alert

This Alert is one in a collection of articles created by Lyons Gaddis in our effort to get important information to our clients regarding the effect of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in the United States.  This Alert focuses the newly adopted Families First Coronavirus Response Act and its effect on student loans and a recently announced interest waivers.

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Lyons Gaddis's Plan for COVID-19

Clients and Friends:

About 2 weeks ago, Lyons Gaddis began serious planning for the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goals were three-fold: protect the health of our staff and their families, do our part to prevent community spread, and maintain the level of responsiveness our clients have come to rely upon.  We operate with a robust network and fiber-optic web connections.  In normal times, this allows our three offices and remote workers to stay fully connected and engaged from many locations.  During this crisis, our systems will allow Lyons Gaddis to continue to provide you with outstanding client service despite the current situation.

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Corporation vs. LLC: Which Form of Entity Makes Sense for Your Business?

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One of the most critical decisions for business owners is how to organize or incorporate their business. It’s a decision that should be made after detailed conversations with a CPA and a lawyer. Two of the most common and most useful business entity forms are the corporation and the limited liability company. Depending on how business owners foresee the future of the business and its particular needs, either can be a fine choice. Corporations and associations are guided by the Colorado Revised Statutes Title 7.

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs). The limited liability company (“LLC”) is the most popular form of entity for small business owners for two main reasons. First, the legal requirements of running an LLC are much more flexible, while laws governing corporations are extensive and require a number of formalities to be observed. Some of these formalities include required annual meetings, required assigned officer positions that must be filled by individuals (e.g. President or Secretary), and required disclosures to be made on shares or shareholders. The laws governing LLCs give much more leeway to a business owner to run the business as the business owner sees fit. Second, LLCs are often attractive to small business owners because they are pass-through entities for tax purposes, meaning that the LLC itself does not pay any tax whatsoever. Instead, the profits and losses of the company are passed through to the members. As a result, most small businesses without numerous individual owners prefer the LLC form. To apply for a LLC in Colorado, use the Colorado Secretary of State website to apply. Name requirements have been set by the Colorado Revised Statutes.

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Eviction law update: Changes to Eviction Notices

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If you own and rent-out real estate, chances are you have had to deal with a difficult tenant.  Recent changes in the eviction laws may affect how you remove a tenant who has breached your lease agreement. Importantly, in Colorado, the only way to legally remove a tenant who is in default of a lease and refuses to deliver possession of property (residential or commercial property) back to the landlord, is to go through the court eviction process.  In an eviction action, the court determines who is entitled to legal possession of the property, and what damages are due because of the breach of a lease. Eviction court procedures must be strictly followed or the case could be dismissed – leaving a landlord with lost time and money.  Recent changes in the law have, in some circumstances, lengthened the notice/cure period a landlord must provide a tenant before an eviction action can be started.

There are two types of notices in an eviction action: 1) Demand for Compliance or Possession (which gives the tenant a right to cure during the demand period); and 2) Notice to Quit (tenant has no right to cure).  The Demand for Compliance or Possession (“Demand”) is typically used when a tenant has failed to pay rent on time. The Demand gives the tenant the right to cure the rent within the notice period, and if the tenant fails to cure, a landlord may proceed with an eviction action.  With regard to the Demand itself, the new law changed the notice periods as follows (HB 19-1118 (C.R.S. § 13-40-104), effective May 20, 2019):

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Long Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America Honors Dick Lyons

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The Long Peak Council has chosen Lyons Gaddis's Richard "Dick" Lyons as its Distinguished Citizen Honoree for its Longmont Distinguished Citizen Dinner 2020! This dinner benefits the local Longs Peak Council, Boy Scouts of America serving the St. Vrain Valley School District and Northern Colorado. The dinner will be held on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the D-Barn 136 Main Street, Longmont, Colorado. 

Dick was chosen for his longtime commitment to the Longmont community:

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The Road to OZ Passes Through Colorado

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The Road to OZ Passes Through Colorado
Tax Windfall, Opportunity Zones and Real Estate Investment

By Cameron A. Grant on January 26, 2020

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Best Lawyers in America

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Jennifer M. Spitz was selected for inclusion in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of tax law and trusts and estates. She’s also listed in Colorado Super Lawyers and is named as a 5280 Top Lawyer for her work in estate planning. Jennifer has practiced law in Longmont since 1998, and joined Lyons Gaddis in January 2019.  Jennifer works for a variety of clients on wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents, and assists with the administration of trusts and estates. She has a particular interest and expertise in tax planning.

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Longmont-based CanSource sells to private equity firm Broadtree Partners

Lyons Gaddis congratulates our clients, Pat Hartman and Ron Popma, on the recent sale of CanSource to Broadtree Partners. Chad Kupper, with the assistance of Anton Dworak, headed the legal team to bring this sale together. You can view the full story from the Longmont Times-Call by clicking HERE. Thank you for trusting us to be part of this transaction. If you need help with a similar matter, please contact us directly.

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbors … Until They Don’t.

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Some of the most contested lawsuits pit neighbor against neighbor, arguing over who owns what small strip of seemingly valueless land. Sometimes one neighbor argues the fence is a foot over the lot line; other times, a neighbor puts up a fence in the middle of the night. Tensions flare, and weeks later, everyone is at the lawyers’ offices armed for bear.  Many months and thousands of dollars later, a District Court Judge decrees where the true lot line rests.  Maybe a fence moves, maybe it doesn’t, maybe a deed gets recorded.  Whether you win or lose, everyone spent a fortune and no one is happy.  

From the outside, boundary disputes seem like the most petty, unreasonable lawsuits you could imagine. However, sometimes they’re legitimate. Most Colorado towns were founded in the 1800’s.  Original surveys were often made using large, heavy chains to measure distances. Old surveys frequently marked boundaries as starting at the “large cottonwood tree” or “the stone fence post,” features that have long-since vanished. Survey chains were particularly bad at measuring over uneven  terrain, let alone foothills or mountains. Further uncertainty comes with modern surveying tools, such as GPS and laser scanning, called lidar.  Applying such accurate modern techniques to the verbiage of legal descriptions from the 1800’s is sometimes comical. Some towns, such as Leadville, find errors so great that one person’s house might be located on another person’s lot.  

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