Liquor Licensing Update from the Colorado Department of Revenue

May 22nd, 2015 12:48pm - Posted By: Fern O'Brien

   On Friday, April 24, Governor Hickenlooper signed HB15-1204 which became law at the time of his signature.  This bill created a new license type called a Distillery Pub and has many of the same features as a Brew Pub license.  

    The Distillery Pub is a retail level of liquor license and will go through the same process as a brew pub to include (but not limited to) a needs and desires hearing, posting requirement, background investigation and fingerprint check.

    In response to the new license, the Liquor Enforcement Division has modified form DR8404 to include a Distillery Pub.  

    The Division also made minor changes from input it received from the clerks and will hopefully be a little easier.

    In order to help streamline the application process, the Division has decided to modify question #20 and WILL NOT require 100% ow ...



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Feb. 1: O'Brien Braun P.C. Supports The WILD Summit

January 22nd, 2013 1:35pm - Posted By: Fern O'Brien





     O'Brien Braun P.C. is proud to sponsor  The WILD (WOMEN INSPIRING LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT) Summit, Feb 1, 2013. The Women’s Council, a part of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Colorado, is hosting this event. Shelly Lazarus, executive chairwoman of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide will keynote The WILD Summit.

     More than 20 women industry leaders will discuss exciting and timely topics among today’s growth industries, including Natural Foods, Health and Wellness, Education, Social Ventures and Sustainability, and Marketing and Communications.

     WILD organizers expect 350 women business lea ...



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Irrevocable Trusts and Aid and Attendance VA Pension Benefits

September 18th, 2012 1:48pm - Posted By: Jonathan Braun


Are you or a relative a disabled vet who could use financial assistance to help cover the cost of medical/nursing care provided to help with daily personal functions? 

Are you or a relative a disabled vet in a nursing home who could use financial help to pay for monthly living expenses?

If your answer to either of these (or other similar) questions is in the affirmative, you might consider applying for Aid and Attendance Household pension benefits from the Veterans’ Administration.

Benefits and Requirements

The Aid and Attendance and Housebound pension benefits are provided by the VA to wartime service veterans who meet certain eligibility requirements.

For 2012, the maximum monthly benefits for qualifying persons are as follows:

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Government Crackdown on Independent Contractor Classification

November 10th, 2011 1:37pm - Posted By: Fern O'Brien

The federal and state governments have been increasing their enforcement efforts against companies who are classifying their workers as independent contractors when they are actually employees.  The result of the enforcement on employers is paying all of the back taxes, including penalties and interest, from the time the worker began working for the employer.

California has just upped the ante with its new worker misclassification law (SB 459), scheduled to go into effect in January 1, 2012. This may be a harbinger of things to come as governments are actively seeking more effective ways to collect taxes. 

The new law includes the following:

·         Prohibits the willful misclassification of wo ...



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Trademark Alert

October 3rd, 2011 1:06pm - Posted By: Fern O'Brien

Protect Your Trademarks From The New .XXX Domain

A new generic top level domain (gTLD), .XXX, has been approved for websites featuring adult content. It will be available to the general public starting December 6, 2011.

In order to protect your trademark from being used by an unauthorized third party for an adult entertainment website, you can file an “opt-out” application with participating domain name registrars. The "opt-out" period ends on October 28, 2011.

Your “opt-out” application will prohibit anyone else from registering "yourtrademark.xxx.”

***It is important to protect the integrity of your brand by fili ...



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"Come Hell or High Water"

September 13th, 2011 1:58pm - Posted By: Jonathan Braun

Equipment Acquisitions - Leasing vs. Buying

Whether you have a start-up business or an established operation, the need to acquire new equipment is sure to arise from time-to-time.  The decision of how to finance that acquisition will depend upon a variety of considerations, your company’s financial condition and your personal business philosophy.

Traditional Financing – A traditional loan amortizes the acquisition cost of the equipment (principal) over a fixed period, adding interest at a fixed or variable rate.  Traditional financing often requires a down payment, title to the equipment passes to the purchaser at the time of purchase (although it will usually be subject to a security interest granted to the financing source), and typica ...



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O'Brien Braun Attorneys to be Featured at 27th Annual Natural Products Expo East

August 25th, 2011 12:51pm - Posted By: Fern O'Brien

O'Brien Braun P.C. Attorneys Fern O'Brien and Debbie Huttner will present at Natural Products Expo EastFern O'Brien and Debbie Huttner, attorneys with O’Brien Braun P.C., will be featured speakers at Natural Products Expo East. Expo East, now in its 27th year, is a leading trade show for natural and organic products companies, held September 21-24, 2011, at the Baltimore Convention Center in Maryland.

Debbie's presentation, Ensuring Food Safety for Manufacturers: Simple Steps, will be held on Friday, September 23, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., and will focus on the new Food Safety Modernization Act passed by Congress this past year and how it will impact growers and producers of natural and organic products.

Fern will participate in a panel discussion, Building an International Brand: What You Need to Kn ...



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Being Social, Staying Legal: Policies for Social Networking

August 16th, 2011 11:27am - Posted By: Fern O'Brien

Legal policies for businesses and social networking, by O'Brien Braun

In just the last few years social media has transitioned from being a purely social activity to being an integral part of most companies’ annual marketing plans. And for good reason: social media has enabled companies to build and expand the reach of their brands in a targeted, cost-effective manner.   

Because of their social roots, it is sometimes easy to forget that when businesses use Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and the like, they still must comply with the same laws that govern businesses generally, including employment law, defamation and slander, copyright infringement and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) rules and regulations concerning advertising.

Franchisors must not only remain in compliance themselves but they need to ens ...



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