Assistance With Liquor License Issues

Liquor License Law

Michigan laws concerning liquor licenses can be complex and confusing. The attorneys at Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C., have decades of experience handling all types of liquor license matters. We help clients with purchases and sales of liquor-licensed businesses such as bars, restaurants, convenience stores and the like. We represent clients that have liquor violations involving the licensed business.

Whenever a client is thinking of buying a liquor-licensed business, we assist with processing the forms the Michigan Liquor Control Commission requires, including a description of the source of money the client is using to buy the business and the identity of the owners of the business. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is very diligent about making sure it knows that information before it approves a new licensee. We recommend the operators of a liquor licensed business do so through a business entity, such as a corporation or a limited liability company, and not as a sole proprietorship or partnership. There can be substantial liability associated with a liquor-licensed business, and it is always better for the individual to separate personal assets from that liability by having a business entity involved. We can help with the planning and development of those arrangements.

Clients planning to purchase a licensed business should always take care to confirm whether there are any local regulations, including zoning ordinances, that may affect the operation of the business, and should be cautious about proximity to a school or church. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission restricts new licensed businesses from being within 500 feet of a church or school.

Contact Us For Assistance

If a liquor license is involved in your future, we can help. For assistance with a liquor license issue, call 269-841-5934 or contact us by email.