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New York Lawyers For Obtaining Retail Liquor License

Owning a retail business in New York might require you apply for a liquor license. Not all retail establishments serve or sell alcohol, but grocery stores, some supermarkets, and some pharmacies do sell or serve this type of beverage, and it’s against state laws to do so without the proper license. A retail liquor license allows establishments of the retail variety to legally provide alcohol for purchase on the premise. You can get one of these licenses by applying for it with the state when you open a business in the retail sector in New York. The application is long. It’s arduous, and it’s confusing for those who aren’t familiar with the legal terms used.

Anytime you engage in any sort of industry in which a liquor license is necessary in New York, call an attorney. As a business owner, you need an attorney on your side regardless what you do for a living to protect your business interests. There are so many laws associated with businesses, contracts to go over, wording that might get you in trouble if it’s not correct, and many other nuances. It is unwise to go into any sort of business without an attorney to go over all your paperwork. If you’re looking to obtain a business, start a business, or just get a liquor license for your existing business, call your attorney.

Liquor License Transfers

One of the most important things you must know if you live and work in New York is there is no such thing as a liquor license transfer. You are not permitted to transfer a license from one business owner to another even if you purchase the business outright and the license is already fully displayed and valid. No transfers are permitted.

You must apply for your own liquor license for the business you take over, and you must apply for a temporary liquor license if you do take over a business already open to the public. This is something your attorney can work on for you before the finalization of the sale. You must have it completed prior to finalizing the sale if you have any hope of becoming a business owner with a temporary liquor license.

As soon as it is issued, you must apply for your regular retail liquor license. Again, your attorney is the best person to do this for you. Your attorney knows how to properly fill out the paperwork without making any mistakes so the process is faster. Even one small mistake can add weeks to the process, and no business owner has weeks to spare when it comes to proper licensing.

Liquor License Violations

If you are accused of a liquor license violation, you have serious penalties to face. You should never respond to an accusation without first contacting your attorney and letting their office go over it. If you’ve recently applied for and been issued a new license, you probably haven’t been accused of any wrongdoing in the past. If you are found guilty, you will pay a fine and accept a few small sanctions and a warning to stop doing what you did.

If you’ve been accused in the past, the penalties and the consequences become much worse. Your attorney can handle the application process, the accusation appeals, and any other issues you face when you have a liquor license of the retail variety. It’s imperative you allow your attorney to do this for you because doing it incorrectly has a negative financial effect on your business. Let someone with years of legal expertise take care of the mundane aspects of life for you so you can focus on things that matter. It’s not easy to open a business of any sort, but your attorney can take some of the pressure off you when you have so many other things to deal with.

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