Articles

10.21.2014

New Type of Corporation Gives Entrepreneurs Options

Until now, socially-minded startup entrepreneurs had two choices for their new company: (1) a for-profit corporation or LLC; or (2) a non-profit corporation. Unfortunately, neither choice is ideal if the entrepreneur expects some return on investment, but wants the new company to also provide a social benefit. Non-profit corporations cannot provide a return on investment […]

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Mia Thibodeau
08.28.2014

Estate Planning and Retirement Benefits

One of the final steps in completing an estate plan is to review and revise beneficiary designation forms for retirement accounts and other assets.  This article focuses on appropriately naming a beneficiary for a qualified retirement plan. Often times, the answer to the question: “who should be the beneficiary of my retirement account?” is not […]

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Matt Hanka
08.28.2014

Tips and Updates Related to Construction Contracts

This summer promises to be a busy one for local construction projects. Commercial and residential projects are rapidly increasing in number. And, regardless of whether you are involved in a large commercial project, or looking to update or build a new home, the following practical tips and information will give you confidence when reviewing and […]

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Robert Kanuit
08.28.2014

New County Ordinance Affects Land Divisions

If you are considering buying or selling only a part of an existing tax parcel of land, a new amendment to the St. Louis County Subdivision Ordinance that took effect last summer may affect what you can do. Before subdivision ordinances became common, landowners could divide their property virtually any way they pleased. All that […]

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Chris Virta
12.01.2013

Legislative Changes Affecting Business

With the Eighty-eighth Minnesota State Legislature adjourned until February 25, 2014, now is a good time to look back at some of the legislative changes from 2013 affecting businesses in Minnesota. Recovery of Unpaid Wages The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled in September of 2012, in Caldas v. Affordable Granite Stone, that the laws that give […]

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Dehlia Seim
10.04.2013

Self-Defense; Rights and Risks

So-called “stand your ground” or “castle doctrine” laws have been prominent in the news since the Trayvon Martin case broke in February 2012. What exactly does it mean to have the right to stand your ground? Can you be prosecuted for shooting that drunken college student who stumbles through your door at 3:00 a.m.? What […]

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Dehlia Seim
09.03.2013

Transfer on Death? A Good Option.

In 2008, the Minnesota legislature enacted a law permitting the use of transfer on death deeds (“TODD”) to convey Minnesota real estate. A TODD is a deed which conveys real estate to a grantee (called a “grantee beneficiary” in Minnesota’s statute), but is not effective until the death of the grantor. One benefit of using […]

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Robert Kanuit
09.01.2013

Selling Your Home? New Radon Law Requires Disclosure

Minnesota law already requires home sellers to disclose all kinds of information about their home, such as the existence of wells, the existence of lead paint, the existence and design of septic systems, and any home defects or problems the seller is aware of.  A new law in Minnesota, known as the Minnesota Radon Awareness […]

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Eric Johnson
08.26.2013

Steps Employers Should Take to Minimize Liability for Employees’ Conduct

In Minnesota, employers are generally responsible for the actions of their employees taken within the scope of employment.  Thus, employers have incentive to train employees on how to correctly perform their job duties, how to interact with customers and other employees, and other aspects of employment.  This article discusses how employers may be held liable […]

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Matt Hanka
05.05.2013

Practical Ideas for a Successful Construction Project

Economic indicators show that the construction industry continues its recovery.  Projects are increasing in number.  And, regardless of whether you are a business owner working on a large commercial project, or a homeowner looking to update your home, keeping the following tips and information in mind will increase the likelihood that your project will be […]

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