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When a Minnesota State Trooper pulled over a swerving, stop-sign-running driver, the officer discovered that the driver had 27 past DUI arrests on his record. And he still had a valid driver’s license in Minnesota. The news produced strong reactions from the public and lawmakers, most calling for stronger penalties and more enforcement. The “get...
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When children get caught in the middle of a divorce, it can cause long-term damage to them and to your relationship with them. If one parent takes his or her anger out on a child, the results can be tragic. An Extreme Case of a Child Getting Caught in the Crosshairs In September 2017, the...
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Large Truck on the Road
Everyone knows the risks of being charged with a DUI or DWI—the loss of a license, fines, even possible jail time. But, if you also drive a truck or other commercial vehicle for a living, your livelihood is at risk. As important as it is for everyone who is charged with a DUI to retain...
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An unmarried father has few parental rights until the State considers the father to be the child’s “legal” father. Fathers, or those who deny being the father, have a few options to protect their rights: Acknowledge paternity by signing a legal document called a “Recognition of Parentage” (ROP), or Have a judge determine that you...
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House with Key
Inheritance laws offer some protection to spouses, but rarely to unmarried partners, when a will and other estate planning documents do not exist. Even if you’ve drafted a contractual agreement between the two of you regarding disposition of assets, inheritance laws and other biases can affect how a judge or a relative will carry out...
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Plice Car at Stop Sign
In Minnesota, the police can charge you with criminal assault even if you don’t ever touch another person. While striking some is a clear example of assault, attempting to strike someone can equate to fifth-degree assault. This is true even if you miss and never make physical contact. You can also face charges for criminal...
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Legal Team Discussing in Conference Room
There is a lot of information out there about how mediation can help you resolve a dispute without going to court. But not everyone understands how it works and why it is a good thing to try before filing a lawsuit. Along with other kinds of alternatives-to-litigation, known as “alternative dispute resolution” (ADR), mediation often...
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Sad looking children with parents arguing in the background
Going through a divorce after a second go-around can be just as difficult as the first. You’re probably wondering how this can be happening again and worry about your kids, your spouse’s kids, and any children you may have had together. It’s also likely daunting to be thinking about dividing up property and financial obligations....
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Parents Walking with small child
The most common question an estate planning attorney hears is, “Do I really need a will?” As all lawyers do, we hedge our bets and say, “maybe.” Here’s why: Your particular family and financial circumstances dictate whether you should have a will or whether your wishes would be fulfilled under Minnesota’s intestate laws. These laws...
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Man and woman sits at a desk with hands clasped. marital problems, conflicts and stubborn concept
A successful mediation is dependent on the parties’ behaviors and attitudes. To ensure you make your mediation a success—thereby avoiding the costs of going all the way to court—follow these three practical mediation tips. #1:  Keep Emotions to a Minimum At its core, your mediation session is a business deal. You are there to discuss...
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