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By: Megan Henderson Starting January 1, 2024, if you own a small business or just an LLC that owns one piece of property, you will be required to comply with a new federal law: The Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA” for short). Failure to comply with the CTA can lead to civil and criminal penalties. We […]

By: Brian L. Allard In 2023, the Colorado legislature passed seven bills related to residential landlord-tenant laws. Two Colorado court cases were also decided in 2023, which have impacted residential landlord-tenant actions. The following is a list of all the new landlord-tenant laws with their effective dates, a general description of the new requirements, and […]

Many small business clients find granting employees or key service providers a stake in the business an attractive concept as a tool for encouraging employee retention and quality work product. However, stock options and other grants of equity in small businesses often meet significant tax challenges that derail business owners’ good intentions. One traditional type […]

The Special District Association (SDA) hosted its annual conference in Keystone in September 2022. In attendance this year were over 1,000 special district board members, district leaders, and administrators, as well as attorneys and other professionals who work with these local governmental entities.  The SDA conference provides three days of education from experts and professionals […]

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our colleague and friend, Anton Dworak.  He was recently diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), a very rare and fatal condition, and passed away on August 3rd at the age of 54.  Anton leaves a significant hole in our firm, this community, and the Colorado […]

On April 7th, Governor Polis signed Senate Bill 86 into law, drastically increasing Colorado’s homestead exemption to $250,000 for most individuals and $350,000 for older and disabled Coloradoans, in addition to broadening what constitutes a homestead in Colorado, granting using cars, trailers, RVs, tents, and other non-traditional residences as home exemptions for those dwellings. The […]

A Knot of Benefits In part due to the COVID-19 pandemic and in part due to a political push to provide enhanced minimum benefits for workers, the federal government, the Colorado legislature, and, most recently, Colorado voters have approved multiple leave benefit laws that apply to the majority of Colorado employees. While the many different […]

Dusting Off Your Estate Plan

After you sign your will, it may be tempting to put it in a safe place and forget about it.  However, it’s wise to revisit your will, and your entire estate plan, from time-to-time.  The following are just some of the reasons why updates to your estate plan may be appropriate. Change in Family Circumstances. […]

With the ever-increasing development along the Northern Front Range, many of Lyons Gaddis’ irrigation company clients are asked to either permit a crossing of their ditch easement or to relocate their ditch to facilitate development. Both should result in an agreement. The difference between these two agreements is frequently not well understood but they are […]

As I was preparing recently to write this blog post a few weeks ago, several friends had just lost homes in the Marshall Fire that occurred in Boulder County on December 30th, and I was reminded that my LAST blog post, dated October 22, 2020, “Climate Change Impacts on Colorado Water Users,” specifically touched on […]