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Swenson Lervick Helps Bring MN Supreme Court to Alexandria

Swenson Lervick is happy to have helped bring the Minnesota Supreme Court to Alexandria. The Court was in town on October 4 and 5 as a part of its outreach program designed to not only give students a close look at how the Court works but also to give them a chance to observe the oral arguments in a real case (State of Minnesota v. Heinonen).

Changes to LLC Law Take Effect January 1, 2018

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for 133_web_cropped.jpgFor anyone who established a limited liability company (LLC) prior to August 1, 2015, you probably received an email from the Minnesota Secretary of State recently letting you know of certain changes in the law. Effective January 1, 2018 all LLCs will be subject to the new Minnesota statutes chapter §322C.

Can I Sue for Wrongful Termination?

Wrongful Termination.png"I just got fired! Can I sue for wrongful termination?" I hear that a lot from people who've lost their jobs and want legal advice about their rights. My answer is almost always no because under Minnesota law, there really is no such thing as a legal claim for "wrongful termination." And, "wrongful" does not always equate to "unlawful."

Taking a vacation from custody disputes

With summer break fast approaching, you may be anticipating the dispute that will likely arise when you and your ex-spouse broach the subject of taking the kids on vacation. Perhaps your spouse wants to take the children out of state to visit relatives, and you are reluctant to have the young ones so far away for so long.

If you and your spouse did not work out these details in your custody agreement at the time of your divorce, you may consider figuring out a way to avoid the same struggle summer after summer.

Registration Open for 14th Annual Employment Law Update

Please join us for the 14h Annual West Central Minnesota Employment Law Update at the Alexandria Technical and Community College on Wednesday, June 7, 2017!

Statute of limitations halted during internal dispute resolution process, says Minnesota Supreme Court

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled this week in Peterson v. City of Minneapolis that the one-year statute of limitations set by the Minnesota Human Rights Act ("MHRA") is suspended while the employer and employee voluntarily engage in an employer's internal dispute resolution process. As a result, employees will now in many cases have additional time to pursue claims under the MHRA.

Swenson Lervick Congratulates Gretchen Tvrdik on her Retirement!

Gretchen.jpgThe Swenson Lervick Law Firm toasts Gretchen Tvrdik upon her retirement! Gretchen started with the firm in February, 1976 as legal assistant to attorneys John Lervick and Gary Syverson. She later worked as a real estate assistant, and in 1989 she became the firm's office manager, a position she held ever since.

Debt and your divorce

If you and your soon-to-be former spouse are able to have reasonable discussions about the division of your assets as you approach your divorce, you are fortunate. However, there may be something you are overlooking. Just like the assets acquired during your marriage, the debts accumulated from your wedding day forward are marital property, and the court divides them equitably in states like Minnesota.

In many cases, even if your spouse was the one who applied for the credit card or took out the loan, you may still be responsible for the debt by virtue of your marriage. During divorce proceedings, the court will equitably divide your assets and your debts, and each of you will have certain payments for which you will be responsible. It is important to know that, in most cases, divorce decrees and their separation of debt do not bind creditors.

Save the Date!

The 14th annual West Central MN Employment Law Update will be held Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Alexandria Technical and Community College. The session will include presentations by four attorneys who practice extensively in the area of employment law: Tom Jacobson, Mike Moberg, Sara McGrane and Penelope Phillips.

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