Legal Services for Startups & Savvy Businesses in Colorado

What You Need to Know Before Buying or Selling a Business in Colorado

Most business owners and many lawyers underestimate the nuances of how state and local laws can affect the purchase or sale of business. While many of the laws and legal boilerplate that you might see in a purchase transaction will be consistent across state lines, there are some critical ways in which they differ. Understanding […]

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A Personal Story About Giving

I grew up in good living conditions, in suburban Denver. But my parents grew up in poor conditions in rural Ireland. And my grandparents grew up in very, very poor conditions in rural Ireland. My great-grandfather was beaten to death by the British army during the Irish revolution on Christmas Eve in 1921. This left […]

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Letters of Intent – The Most Valuable Non-Binding Legal Agreement You’ll Ever Sign

Letter of Intent

To the untrained eye, letters of intent may seem like the least important part of a business agreement. After all, they’re usually non-binding. And many people equate non-binding with inconsequential. But nothing could be further from the truth. In a deal where the parties sign a letter of intent, letters of intent are where nearly […]

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Summary of Colorado Blue Sky Laws (Updated)

Summary of Colorado Blue Sky Laws

I’ve found that while entrepreneurs have an excellent sense of the law when it comes to term sheets and venture deals, they have a much more limited understanding of securities laws. What’s worse, many lawyers I’ve talked to aren’t aware of the details of Colorado’s securities laws, either. Most competent attorneys know about the basics […]

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How Your Investors Affect (the Cost and Risks of) Your Capital Raise

Accredited Investors & Sophisticated Investors: How Your Investors Affect (the Cost and Risks of) Your Capital Raise

The type of investors you have drastically changes what you need to do to raise capital, the risks your company will incur, and how much it all costs. Understanding the difference will save you money and a lot of wasted energy. This effect is so drastic that—depending on the amount collected from an unsophisticated, or […]

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Employee vs Independent Contractor: The Choice is NOT Yours

Employee vs Independent Contractor: The Choice is NOT Yours

Businesses do not decide whether a person is an independent contractor or an employee. Whether a person is an employee or an independent contractor is a legal question—based upon how a person interacts with your company, performs work, gets paid, and other factors. And unfortunately, there is no clear-cut test on what determinates whether a […]

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Don’t Panic: What to Do When You Receive a Cease & Desist Letter

The first thing to remember when you’ve received a cease and desist letter, or any other threatening letter from a lawyer: Don’t panic. You’ve developed your business to the point that you’ve ended up on someone’s radar. These things happen. The important thing now is to weigh your options and figure out how to respond. […]

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How to Approach Negotiations: Game Theory and Generous Tit for Tat

How to Approach Negotiations: Game Theory and Generous Tit for Tat

In business negotiations, it’s critical to develop a reputation as someone who will cooperate and get things done. But business is competitive and occasionally aggressive, and there’s a fine line between having a desire to cooperate and ending up a pushover to more aggressive competitors. So where does one strike a balance between the need […]

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