The issuance of retail and distribution liquor licenses is restricted based on the municipality’s population. Although people most commonly obtain a liquor license through a person-to-person or place-to-place transaction, it still has to be approved by the issuing authority. In order to get new licenses out there, municipalities will auction off new liquor licenses that local businesses can bid on. Because of the close involvement of local government, it’s a good idea to be represented by a knowledgeable, experienced attorney, as there are certain forms and applications that must be made in order to ensure a legal transfer of a liquor license.
Much like a real estate closing, understanding the intricacies of the transfer of a liquor license is critical, as many different restrictions can be part and parcel of the transfer. With a competent lawyer at your side, navigating the often complex world of a liquor license purchase or sale or transfer between businesses can yield benefits. A good lawyer can negotiate higher or lower selling prices, depending on whether or not you are the buyer or seller and can net you significant discounts or additional profits during the transfer process. Have someone at your side who knows this area of the law, it will yield dividends that are immediately recognizable. Dan Himelman has been instrumental in the sale, purchase and transfer of many restaurants and bars with liquor licenses during the more than 30 years of practice he brings to this field. He will always fight for his clients and his success record is unparalleled in this area.
The attorneys at Himelman and Himelman can file the necessary applications and publish the notice of intent to transfer the license and provide the issuing township with written consent to transfer pending their approval. The buyer is also responsible for several forms and applications. The lawyers at Himelman and Himelman can guide you through this process to a successful conclusion, no matter which side you are on.