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  • Wolfe, Van Ackern & Stephenson LLP

    Founded in 1976, W OLFE , V AN A CKERN & S TEPHENSON LLP Specializes in Business, Estate & Trust Planning & Administration, and Real Estate Law Introducing Our Law Firm Wolfe, Van Ackern & Stephenson LLP is a partnership of lawyers intentionally focused on a limited number of practice areas. We help clients plan for their future with a process that is focused on their individual needs and supported by our years of experience. We develop trusting relationships with our clients that help them to meet their goals. Your Northern Colorado Law Office Our Practice Areas Corporate & Business Our firm is experienced in complex corporate, limited liability company, and partnership transactions, including financing. We advise clients of all sizes, including real estate developers, contractors, manufacturers, health care providers, investors, financial institutions, utilities, breweries, and technology firms. ​ ​ ​ Learn More Estate & Trust Planning Many of our clients require assistance in complex estate planning matters, including wills, trusts, and powers of attorney for individuals, estate and gift taxes, business succession, and utilizing trusts and business entities. We represent individuals who need estate and tax planning, fiduciaries who administer trusts, owners of closely held businesses, business executives, and farmers and ranchers. Learn More Estate & Trust Administration We counsel clients on probate and estate proceedings, and trust administration. For those estates and trusts that require assistance with federal estate and gift taxes, we are knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with these issues. We combine decades of experience with the tasks involved and sensitivity to the human issues of trust and estate administration. Learn More Real Estate & Development We have the experience and knowledge to advise clients including real estate developers, contractors, investors, owners, lessees, and lenders on a broad range of real estate and development matters. ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ Learn More Trademark & Intellectual Property Our firm assists clients to identify, defend, and exploit their intangible assets. We manage all aspects of trademark selection, clearance, prosecution, registration, and protection in the United States. We negotiate and prepare intellectual property licenses, independent contractor and employee contracts and confidentiality, non-disclosure, and non-competition agreements. In addition, we counsel clients on trade dress, product configuration, trade secret and copyright protection, as well as domain name strategies and dispute resolution. Learn More Taxes & Tax Planning Our firm is experienced in complex corporate, limited liability company, and partnership transactions, including financing. We advise clients of all sizes, including real estate developers, contractors, manufacturers, health care providers, investors, financial institutions, utilities, breweries, and technology firms. ​ ​ ​ Learn More Alcohol Regulation & Distribution We provide clients with the expertise and experience to effectively and efficiently navigate the regulatory maze in the manufacture, distribution, sale, transportation, labeling and advertising of alcoholic beverages at the state and the national level. At the local level, we work to identify and resolve legal, regulatory and zoning issues. We understand issues of concern to the industry and work with a wide range of licensed beverage manufacturers and wholesale distributors clients. Learn More Our Attorneys Kenneth C. Wolfe Of Counsel Specialized in Business & Corporate Law, Tax, and Real Estate Cheryl Lee Van Ackern Partner Specialized in Estate & Trust Planning & Administration; and Business Law Anda Stephenson Partner Specialized in Business & Corporate Law, Real Estate & Development, and Trademark & Intellectual Property Law Learn More Learn More Learn More "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Helen Keller

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    Privacy Policy & Disclaimer Privacy Policy Our website will collect certain information about visitors, but Wolfe, Van Ackern & Stephenson LLP will not sell or disclose any information. This data will simply be used to help us manage our website and make it more user-friendly and accessible. ​ If you fill out the “contact” form on this website, we will ask you to provide some personal information (such as e-mail address, name, phone number and state). Please do not submit any confidential, proprietary or sensitive personally identifiable information (e.g. Social Security Number; date of birth; drivers license number; or credit card, bank account or other financial information) (collectively, “Sensitive Information”). If you submit any Sensitive Information, you do so at your own risk and we will not be liable to you or responsible for consequences of your submission. ​ Information that you provide to us through the contact form or an online chat will be used so that we may respond to your inquiry. We may also use information you provide to us to communicate with you in the future. If you do not wish to receive such communications, you may opt out (unsubscribe) as described below. ​ Contact us via the phone number, contact form, e-mail or mailing address on our website at any time to opt out of future communications from us. Disclaimer The legal information presented on this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Confidentiality is of utmost importance. Please, first establish an attorney-client relationship before sharing any confidential information. Any and all information, articles, blogs, opinions, or other material presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only, not for providing legal advice on any particular matter. Each and every legal matter is different, and Wolfe, Van Ackern & Stephenson LLP, does not, and cannot, make any promises or guarantees regarding any particular outcome in any particular case or matter. Contact us to set up a consultation with an attorney to determine our ability to meet your specific needs and then to develop a strategy to achieve your goals. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the state of Colorado. ​ ​Although we strive to keep all information current, the information on this website is provided without representations or warranties express or implied and is not guaranteed to be up to date. ​ We welcome you to contact us by phone, email or by letter. However, contacting us does not create an attorney-client relationship. ​ Practice Areas Corporate & Business Estate & Trust Planning Estate & Trust Administration Real Estate & Development Trademark & Intellectual Property Taxes & Tax Planning Alcohol Regulation & Distribution Questions If you have any additional questions or concerns about this privacy policy or disclaimer, please contact us via the phone number, contact form or mailing address listed on this website. If our information practices change in a significant way, we will post the policy changes here. Looking for more information? Contact Us Back to Top

  • Taxes & Tax Planning | Wolfe Van Ackern & Stephenson | Fort Collins, CO

    Taxes & Tax Planning Our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced in complex tax matters, including corporate, limited liability company, partnership, personal, estate, and gift taxes. We advise clients on a broad range of state and federal tax issues. Our tax practice includes: Transaction structures to minimize or eliminate taxes Representation before the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Revenue Plans to avoid or reduce estate, gift, and generation skipping transfer taxes Like kind exchanges for real estate and business sales Real estate development project structures Tax free reorganization of businesses Analysis and preparation of tax returns and supporting documents Practice Areas Corporate & Business Estate & Trust Planning Estate & Trust Administration Real Estate & Development Trademark & Intellectual Property Taxes & Tax Planning Alcohol Regulation & Distribution Looking for more information? Contact Us

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    The Law Firm Founded in 1992 I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It’s easy. Just click “Edit Text” or double click me to add your own content and make changes to the font. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you. Parker & Brown Law Firm Our Vision I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It’s easy. Just click “Edit Text” or double click me to add your own content and make changes to the font. Feel free to drag and drop me anywhere you like on your page. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you. This is a great space to write long text about your company and your services. You can use this space to go into a little more detail about your company. Talk about your team and what services you provide. Tell your visitors the story of how you came up with the idea for your business and what makes you different from your competitors. Make your company stand out and show your visitors who you are. Request a Quote Mr. James Brown Partner specialised in criminal law I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It’s easy. Just click “Edit Text” or double click me to add your own content and make changes to the font. Feel free to drag and drop me anywhere you like on your page. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you. This is a great space to write long text about your company and your services. You can use this space to go into a little more detail about your company. Talk about your team and what services you provide. Tell your visitors the story of how you came up with the idea for your business and what makes you different from your competitors. Make your company stand out and show your visitors who you are. Email : info@mysite.com Tel: 123-456-7890 Our Associates The Glory of a Good Lawyer Is to Win a Bad Trial. ( Balzac) Value 01. Attentiveness I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It’s easy. Just click “Edit Text” or double click me to add your own content and make changes to the font. Feel free to drag and drop me anywhere you like on your page. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you. ​ This is a great space to write long text about your company and your services. You can use this space to go into a little more detail about your company. Talk about your team and what services you provide. Tell your visitors the story of how you came up with the idea for your business and what makes you different from your competitors. Make your company stand out and show your visitors who you are.

  • Anda Stephenson | Wolfe Van Ackern & Stephenson | Fort Collins, CO

    Professional Affiliations Colorado Bar Association, Sections of Corporations, Banking and Business Larimer County Bar Association Education Juris Doctorate from Lewis & Clark Law School Undergraduate degree from Arizona State University Bar Admissions Colorado Arizona Oregon Practice Areas Corporate & Business Real Estate & Development Trademark & Intellectual Property Alcohol Regulation & Distribution A NDA S TEPHENSON Partner Ms. Stephenson is a general business attorney. Her practice emphasizes representation of private, profit, and non-profit entities of all sizes in connection with business formation; real estate matters; mergers, acquisitions, and leveraged buyouts; borrowing, lending, and venture capital transactions; distribution, licensing, and franchise arrangements; brewery, winery, and distillery formation and licensing; employee matters; advising boards of directors; trademark, trade secret, and other intellectual property issues; and general contract drafting and negotiation. Anda frequently acts as outside general counsel for clients. ​ Anda was one of the founders of the Funkwerks brewery in Fort Collins. Prior to moving to Fort Collins, Anda gained extensive transactional, corporate, and regulatory law experience working with a diverse range of clients nationally and across the world in both law firm environments and as in-house corporate counsel. Anda has significant understanding of the issues businesses face on a day-to-day basis, and provides solid, logical, and business oriented solutions to clients. Anda is admitted to practice law in Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon. She has served as the President of the Larimer County Bar Association and continues to be active with local and state bar associations. She has also completed the Colorado Bar Associated Leadership Training (COBALT) program in which “lawyers with demonstrated leadership skills and commitment to the legal community” engage in interactive training focused on addressing challenges faced by leaders in the legal field and their communities. Anda earned her Juris Doctorate from Lewis & Clark Law School, where she was a senior editor for the Journal of Small & Emerging Business Law and for the International Legal Perspectives Law Journal. She received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University. Anda is also actively involved with the local community and supports several nonprofit organizations, most recently The Family Center in Fort Collins, CO where she served on the board of directors. Anda frequently speaks and writes on intellectual property issues, brewery startup and operational issues, alcohol distribution, and employment issues. She has spoken at past Craft Brewers Conferences and the Colorado State University Beverage Business Institute. ​ For more information, call us at 970.493.8787 or send Anda an e-mail .

  • Kenneth C. Wolfe | Wolfe Van Ackern & Stephenson | Fort Collins, CO

    Professional Affiliations Colorado Bar Association, Sections of Corporations, Banking and Business Larimer County Bar Association Education B.S.B.A. in Finance from The Ohio State University Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Master of Arts in Finance and Accounting, University of Nebraska Bar Admissions Colorado Colorado Federal Court United States Tax Court Previously admitted in Ohio, Texas, Nebraska, and Nebraska Federal Court Practice Areas Corporate & Business Taxes & Tax Planning Real Estate & Development Estate & Trust Planning Estate & Trust Administration K ENNETH C. W OLFE Of Counsel Mr. Wolfe is "of counsel" at Wolfe, Van Ackern & Stephenson LLP. The founding member of the firm, he is an experienced corporate, securities, and tax attorney. He has organized numerous corporations and limited liability companies. For over 35 years he has prepared private placement memorandums to enable clients to raise capital for new and growth-oriented businesses. Ken has represented both buyers and sellers in mergers and acquisitions, including a $107 million acquisition and the sale to publicly traded corporations. He has also represented corporations desiring to spin-off divisions, as well as those reacquiring the shares of minority shareholders through a tender offer. Mr. Wolfe has counseled clients and prepared the documentation to franchise their businesses. Ken is licensed to practice before the U.S. Tax Court. In addition to an extensive corporate practice, Ken assists clients with their estate planning and has handled the administration of numerous estates. Ken taught at the university level for 26 years. With degrees in finance and accounting, in addition to law, he frequently taught finance, accounting, and tax courses. He was the general counsel for Summit Utilities, Inc., a natural gas local distribution company, from its inception until he retired from this position. The company grew to over $700 million in assets. His representation included handling large, complex debt financing. ​ For more information, call us at 970.493.8787 or send Ken an e-mail . Publications Handbook for Business Law , co authored with Terry Lantry ​ Considerations and Recommendations Regarding Owner’s Associations, University of Nebraska, 1976 ​ The Colorado Lawyer , “Homeowners Associations Can Now Be Tax Exempt,” July, 1977 ​ The Practical Lawyer , ALI ABA, “Advice to a Client Who Wishes to Sell His Own Home,” October, 1982. This article was also selected for inclusion in The Practical Lawyer’s Real Property Law Manual No. 2; and also published in One on One , the newsletter of the New York Bar Association, Summer, 1983, and the National Association of Legal Assistants Real Estate Newsletter . ​ Bridging the Gap , co authored with Ralph V. Switzer, Jr., a manual regarding the opening, operation, and management of a law office designed for the inexperienced attorney. ​ Authored a chapter for a book oriented to sole practitioners titled Flying Solo published by the American Bar Association in July, 1984; revised edition published in 1994 and published in 1996 by the Japanese Bar Association. ​ Business World , monthly contribution of business/legal articles for about seven years. Titles of some of the articles include: Valuation of a Business; Outline of Steps in Selling or Buying a Small Business; Considerations for Acquisition or Merger of a Business; Changes in Expense Reimbursement to Employees; Limited Liability Company Act; Tips for When Government Investigators Call Your Business; Changes May Be Necessary in Corporate Life Insurance Policies; Where to Obtain Capital to Start a Business; Minutes of Corporate Meetings.

  • Real Estate & Development | Wolfe Van Ackern & Stephenson | Fort Collins, CO

    Real Estate & Development We have the experience and knowledge to advise clients including real estate developers, contractors, investors, owners, lessees, agribusinesses, and lenders on a broad range of real estate and development matters. Our real estate practice includes: Purchases and sales of commercial, development, investment, agricultural, residential and other types of real property Due diligence including title, survey, environmental, inspection, and other matters Commercial property and residential lease agreements Advice regarding parties rights and responsibilities under leases Amendments and response to breach of agreements Declarations and organization of owners’ associations Real estate entitlement, zoning, planning, and development Representation of owners and project managers during vertical real estate development Tax planning and financing for development and investment Mineral rights and leasing Formation and funding of entities to protect real property Practice Areas Corporate & Business Estate & Trust Planning Estate & Trust Administration Real Estate & Development Trademark & Intellectual Property Taxes & Tax Planning Alcohol Regulation & Distribution Looking for more information? Contact Us

  • Estate & Trust Planning | Wolfe Van Ackern & Stephenson | Fort Collins, CO

    Estate & Trust Planning Many of our clients require assistance in complex estate planning matters, including wills, trusts, and powers of attorney for individuals, estate and gift taxes, business succession, and utilizing trusts and business entities. We represent individuals who need estate and tax planning, fiduciaries who administer trusts, owners of closely held businesses, business executives, and farmers and ranchers. Our estate planning practice includes: Drafting wills, trusts, powers of attorney, and related documents Business succession planning Family wealth and generation skipping transfers Lifetime transfers and gifts Federal estate and gift tax planning and strategies to ensure compliance with applicable laws Charitable and planned giving Elder care, attorneys-in-fact, and caregivers Prenuptial and marital agreements Trust funding Non-probate transfers Practice Areas Corporate & Business Estate & Trust Planning Estate & Trust Administration Real Estate & Development Trademark & Intellectual Property Taxes & Tax Planning Alcohol Regulation & Distribution Looking for more information? Contact Us

  • Corporate & Business | Wolfe Van Ackern & Stephenson | Fort Collins, CO

    Corporate & Business Our firm is experienced in complex corporate, limited liability company, and partnership transactions, including financing. We advise clients of all sizes, including real estate developers, contractors, manufacturers, health care providers, agribusinesses, investors, financial institutions, breweries, utilities, and technology firms in Colorado. Our corporate and business practice includes: Business formation Succession planning Mergers, acquisitions and sales Joint ventures and partnerships Reorganization and restructuring Securities Start-up companies and private capital Venture capital Private equity and capital investments Franchising and distribution Tax planning and tax-efficient business structures Brewery, winery, and distillery formation and licensing Environmental and industry-specific regulatory compliance Technology, vendor, licensing, and manufacturing agreements Legal due diligence Fiduciary duties, shareholders' rights and other corporate governance matters Practice Areas Corporate & Business Estate & Trust Planning Estate & Trust Administration Real Estate & Development Trademark & Intellectual Property Taxes & Tax Planning Alcohol Regulation & Distribution Looking for more information? Contact Us

  • Estate & Trust Administration | Wolfe Van Ackern & Stephenson | Fort Collins, CO

    Estate & Trust Administration We counsel clients on probate, trust, and estate proceedings. For those estates and trusts that require assistance with federal and state estate and gift taxes, and inheritance taxes, we are knowledgeable and experienced in dealing with these issues. We combine decades of experience with the tasks involved and sensitivity to the human issues of trust and estate administration. Our probate, trust, and estate administration practice includes: Appointment of personal representatives and trustees Administration of trusts and estates Valuations of assets Assistance with insurance claims Probate of will and intestate estates Preparation and filing estate and gift tax returns Distribution of income and assets Preparation and filing trust and estate accounting Representation of corporate and individual trustees Consultation with beneficiaries Administration of non-probate assets Determination of heirship proceedings IRA and 401(k) rollover and elections Plans to reduce or avoid estate taxes on second death Establishment of testamentary trusts Representation in court Practice Areas Corporate & Business Estate & Trust Planning Estate & Trust Administration Real Estate & Development Trademark & Intellectual Property Taxes & Tax Planning Alcohol Regulation & Distribution Looking for more information? Contact Us

  • Trademark & Intellectual Property | Wolfe Van Ackern & Stephenson | Fort Collins

    Trademark & Intellectual Property Our firm assists clients to identify, defend, and exploit their intangible assets. We manage all aspects of trademark selection, clearance, prosecution, registration, and protection in the United States. We negotiate and prepare intellectual property licenses, independent contractor and employee contracts and confidentiality, non-disclosure, and non-competition agreements. In addition, we counsel clients on trade dress, product configuration, trade secret and copyright protection, as well as domain name strategies and dispute resolution. Our intellectual property law and corporate law attorneys can help you with a variety of matters including: ​ Trademark identification and proper use of trademarks, trade names, and clearance Trademark registrations and responses to office actions Trademark issues in mergers and acquisitions Oppositions and cancellations before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board Trademark licenses, assignments, co-existence, co-branding, and similar agreements IP ownership and transfer rights in business purchase, sale, and merger agreements IP ownership and licensing in employment and consulting agreements Trade secret protection with confidentiality, non-disclosure, and non-competition agreements Copyright licenses and assignments Copyright use and ownership issues Identification and protection of copyrightable material Software development, license, and distribution agreements Practice Areas Corporate & Business Estate & Trust Planning Estate & Trust Administration Real Estate & Development Trademark & Intellectual Property Taxes & Tax Planning Alcohol Regulation & Distribution Looking for more information? Contact Us

  • Alcohol Regulation & Distribution | Wolfe Van Ackern & Stephenson | Fort Collins

    Alcohol Regulation & Distribution Few industries are more heavily regulated than the alcoholic beverage industry, which presents a maze of local, state, and federal licensing and compliance issues for alcoholic beverage businesses. We provide clients with the expertise and experience to effectively and efficiently navigate the regulatory maze in the manufacture, distribution, sale, transportation, labeling and advertising of alcoholic beverages at the state and the national level. We combine broad corporate and transactional law experience with our alcohol beverage regulatory knowledge. At the local level, we work to identify and resolve legal, regulatory and zoning issues. We understand issues of concern to the industry and work with a wide range of licensed beverage manufacturers and wholesale distributors clients. Our experience extends to: ​ Business formation Federal and state licensing and permitting Consulting on labeling, formulation, advertising, and marketing Financing General business and corporate counseling Compliance issues Distribution agreements License agreements Contract brewing and custom crush arrangements Alternating proprietorships Regulatory investigations Land-use and zoning issues Federal and state excise taxes and special occupation taxes and licenses Administrative or enforcement actions Obtaining all other business licenses and permits at the local and national level Practice Areas Corporate & Business Estate & Trust Planning Estate & Trust Administration Real Estate & Development Trademark & Intellectual Property Taxes & Tax Planning Alcohol Regulation & Distribution Looking for more information? Contact Us

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