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Divorce Paper
It is not uncommon for divorcing spouses to disagree about how they should go about getting divorced. Odds are, you two are already in a contentious place, and it can be difficult—if not impossible—to see eye-to-eye on anything. But you already know that divorce mediation is likely the best way for you two to reach...
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Social Media Apps on Phone
The American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers published a study stating that lawyers submit Facebook posts and other social media information as evidence in 81 percent of divorce cases. This study came out in 2010; it would bring no surprise if that percentage is now higher. So what do you do about social media if you...
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Elderly Man and Woman on Hike
Some changes come so quickly and are so pervasive that people rarely stop to think about the consequences. Not that long ago, data storage meant boxes and boxes of paperwork. Seemingly overnight, the record of our lives moved from shoeboxes and filing cabinets to cloud accounts. Much of who we are is stored online, whether...
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Alcoholic Drink with Car and Police Car
Every year, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Traffic Safety (DPS-OTS) reviews and reports on all aspects related to the prior year’s drunk driving in the state. This includes looking at DUI arrests, multiple offenses, accidents, and drunk-driving related injuries and deaths. In September 2016, the DPS-OTS released 2015’s drunk driving statistics and...
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Group Meeting around table
Most people know what trial is like. Thanks to TV shows like Judge Judy, they have seen plenty of people go to court. But, mediation isn’t nearly as dramatic, and it’s rarely featured on television. People often do not encounter it until they need it—or until their lawyers suggest it. So what is mediation, and...
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Money Divorce Wedding Band Broken
If you pay or receive spousal maintenance payments in this state, then listen up. Spousal maintenance laws in Minnesota recently received a facelift. This facelift could mean the end of your spousal maintenance payments. Spousal maintenance—“alimony” in common terms—is financial support that one ex-spouse pays to another after divorcing (and sometimes while legally separated). These...
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Elderly Couple Looking Over Paperwork on Couch
You did it! You took that often-dreaded step and worked with a lawyer to create your estate plan, which includes a will, an advanced health care directive, and possibly a trust or two. You have your estate planning documents in hand, and you feel a great sense of relief and accomplishment. But now what? Is...
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A man and women upset
Even under the best circumstances, divorce may be one of the hardest things you encounter in your life. The divorce process can have a tremendous financial impact, as well as an emotional one. In Minnesota, mediation is often required as part of that process. For many people, mediation is the last thing they want to...
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Group of Children
No estate plan is perfect for everyone. For it to work effectively, an estate plan must reflect the assets and potential heirs, as well as the values and goals of the person it was created for. This is never truer than when an estate plan is created for the parent of a young child. We...
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Ambulance and Fire Truck Accident
Sometimes accidents are so severe that they leave car accident victims with no choice: They are simply taken to the hospital without having to make the decision for themselves. Most of the time, however, accident victims are left with a serious decision to make. Should they put the accident behind them and proceed as normal?...
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