Articles

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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Dehlia Seim
03.28.2013

Zoning Classification: Limitations and Relief

When planning to purchase real estate, one key consideration is the intended use of the property and the zoning classification. This applies whether the property is vacant or improved, to be used recreationally, for commercial endeavors, or as a residence: zoning is important.  This article explores zoning generally and the options available to a property […]

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Robert Kanuit
01.08.2013

Hey, he owes me money!

What to do when you get a bankruptcy notice from the court:  Bankruptcy filings are expected to increase dramatically in 2013 as the eight year filing limit expires for 2005 bankruptcy filers.  So what do you do if you get a notice from the court that someone who owes you money has filed bankruptcy?  The […]

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Donald Erickson
01.03.2013

2013 Employment Law Update

New FMLA, Social Media and Health Care Rules With the advent of another new year, it is time for employers to review recent changes in the employment laws, update their Employment Handbooks and policies, and prepare for coming changes in laws, particularly in the health care area, that are and will continue to affect them.  […]

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Eric Johnson
08.01.2012

Environmental Assessment Basics

What Businesses Should Expect in Pursuing Certain Development Projects:   Since the passage of the Minnesota Environmental Protection Act (MEPA) in 1973, Minnesota law has required specific procedures for the assessment and analysis of the effect that certain development projects will have on the human environment.  In recent years, an increasing number of businesses have begun […]

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