The Ins and Outs of Changing Custody Arrangements In Minnesota
If you have children, during your divorce you and your spouse likely either worked out an arrangement for custody of your children or received a court order instructing you how custody would work. You may be sharing custody in some sort of manner, or one parent may have sole custody of all children. Sometimes all […]
Murky Waters: Handling Maternity and Paternity Leave
For many employees in Minnesota, maternity and paternity leave are increasingly important benefits that employers must provide in order to be competitive in the job market. At the same time, neither federal nor state law require employers to provide paid parental leave for their employees. The lack of clear guidance can make it tricky for […]
Oops: What Happens If You Destroy Evidence?
During the course of litigation, both parties will get to request documents from the other side. These documents may include policies, memos, presentations, emails, letters, and anything else that might be relevant to the subject of the litigation. Often these kinds of documents can answer serious questions that a party might have, or prove an […]
How Can You Utilize a 1031 Exchange?
With the growth of the real estate market in recent years in Minnesota, many commercial property owners and homeowners face the possibility of significant capital gains taxes when attempting to sell their home or business. Under our current tax code, property owners must pay taxes on the increase in their property value when they sell […]
Losing out on Pay? What to Do When Your Employer Doesn’t Play Fair
One of the most common complaints among Minnesota employees is that they have not been paid the fair wages that they are entitled to from their employer. Unpaid wages does not always mean that your employer simply failed to pay you entirely – it can also take the form of unpaid hours of time, unpaid […]
Litigation Hold Letters: What Do They Require?
In the day and age of emails, text messages, and social media, litigation increasingly requires businesses to hand over voluminous amounts of communications as part of the litigation discovery process. In order to ensure that these types of documents and communications are maintained by employees before being turned over, parties frequently issue litigation hold letters […]
Dividing up a Family Business in a Divorce
Small businesses are often an unexpected casualty of divorce. While divorcing spouses may anticipate the division of common assets such as homes and bank accounts during a divorce, they less frequently consider the implications for a family owned business. While proper planning and careful financial consideration can allow a family business to survive a divorce […]
Wrongful Death: How Do You Sue On Behalf Of A Loved One?
When a loved one is injured as a result of another individual’s bad behavior or negligence, there are a variety of legal avenues that exist for that person to sue to recover for his or her injuries and any resulting distress. Where the loved one is still alive, he or she “owns” the legal claims […]
What To Do When You’re Facing Retaliation At Work
For many employees, a fundamental piece of workplace happiness is feeling safe and secure around those that you work with. Trust and security promotes an open and honest workplace and allows employees to communicate freely with their employers about concerns or issues that may arise. Unfortunately, in some workplaces, honesty about important issues such as […]
Attorney’s Fees: When Are You On The Hook to Pay the Opposing Party?
When considering when to bring a lawsuit, most clients are well aware of the expenses they will incur in paying for their own attorney, and pay close attention to the bills they receive from their lawyers. As those bills grow, so may their anxiety and concern about seeing the lawsuit resolved in their favor. What […]
Can Child Support Change As Your Needs and Resources Change?
During the process of divorce, you and your spouse will need to determine who will have primary custody of your children and what child support, if any, will be paid by the noncustodial spouse. Either through a settlement agreement or by order of a Minnesota court, a set amount of child support will usually be […]
Dealing With Independent Medical Examinations
A central part of most personal injury cases is a claim for damages resulting from physical or mental injuries. Plaintiffs may claim past medical expenses, future medical costs, time lost from work, and pain and suffering. While plaintiffs usually provide evidence to support these claims, defendants sometimes wish to independently verify injuries through an independent […]
The Basics of Workplace Sexual Harassment Training
In recent months, the issue of sexual harassment in the workplace and our day to day lives has gained prominence on the national stage. With the growing number of harassment accusations, many employers are increasingly cognizant of the need to train their employers to avoid sexual harassment issues. Understanding the Fundamentals of St. Paul Sexual […]
Taking the First Steps Toward Filing a Lawsuit
Whether you are involved in a multi-million dollar lawsuit, or considering representing yourself in small claims court, all potential litigants can benefit from a thorough understanding of how the legal system works. What many individuals do not know is that there are very specific requirements that set forth where and when you must file your […]
Help: What To Do When Your Former Spouse Violates Custody Arrangements
After the battles and emotional strain of divorce, many parents hope to move on to a new phase of life. They are hopeful that this new phase is more peaceful and less fraught with difficult decisions and emotional triggers. Unfortunately, for some parents, the challenge of ongoing custody battles makes this transition harder to accomplish. […]
Success: How To Protect Your Business Assets
Congratulations! After years of hard work, long hours, and uncertainty, your small business has established itself as a success. You are likely enjoying the comfort that comes with increased revenue, regular customers, and greater financial security. But along with these accomplishments come additional risks. As your business grows, you will likely acquire more assets and […]
Too Late? Keep Track of Your Statute of Limitations
All states impose limitations on how long an individual has to bring a legal claim against another person or entity. While states and their judiciaries want to protect litigants and give them the opportunity to fully develop their legal claims, this must be balanced against the interests of efficiency and fairness. In other words, states […]
Overtime for Salaried Workers – What’s Required?
Employees typically come in two forms: salaried workers and hourly employees. When evaluating whether to bring individuals on as salaried or hourly, many employers assume that they can avoid paying overtime to salaried workers. While this is sometimes true, it is not always the case and employers who do not familiarize themselves with the relevant […]
Grandparents’ Rights After Divorce: Protecting Your Relationship
One of the most difficult issues that any divorcing couple faces is how to handle division of child custody. Most parents naturally want as much time as possible with their children. Therefore, the thought of giving up time – even the smallest amount – can be difficult. What often gets lost in the custody conversation […]