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Property division: Figuring out what is mine, yours and ours

During your marriage, you may not have given much time to what assets belong to you, your spouse or both of you. You probably considered everything to be on a big pot that each of you could benefit from while you were together.

Now that you are going through a divorce, separating out what property belongs to you, your future former spouse and the marital estate may need to be your first step when it comes to the property division portion of your proceedings. Whether you intend to go to court or work out your own settlement agreement, this part of the process could make all the difference for your financial future.

USERRA Reemployment Rights Stressed by Court of Appeals


20100722-5194[2].jpgAll U.S. employers must be mindful of their uniformed service members' reemployment rights under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 ("USERRA"). That's the lesson to be learned from a recent decision by the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Serving up Smiles

GFD 2018 Rotary Pork and Corn.jpgSwenson Lervick attorney Greg Donahue (left) and Adam Becker of Viking Bank helped serve pork chops at the Alexandria Rotary Club's Pork and Corn Jubilee August 15 at the Alexandria Fire Department.

Everyone Wins! Enjoy Steaks and Chops while Supporting our Community!

While August brings back-to-school sales and county fairs, it is also time for two great gastronomic events Alexandria - the Alexandria Rotary Club's Pork and Corn Feed and the Runetone Museum's Annual Steakfry.

Tom Jacobson and Mike Cass Selected to Super Lawyers Lists

Thumbnail image for Tom Jacobson.jpgTom Jacobson has been selected to the 2018 Minnesota Employment and Labor Super Lawyers list. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the Super Lawyers' research team to receive this honor. This is the third time Jacobson has made this list. Certified by the Minnesota State Bar Association as a Labor and Employment Law Specialist, Jacobson is a shareholder at Swenson Lervick.

How misclassifying an employee can hurt your business

Federal and Minnesota law both require employees to receive certain benefits based on their employment classification. A worker's status determines whether he or she is entitled to overtime, health insurance and other benefits. As an employer, you could experience financial losses due to a classification error.

In many instances, the misclassification may occur due to an honest mistake, but there are cases in which employers will intentionally fail to properly classify an employee in an attempt to avoid providing the benefits and compensation a particular employee deserves. If you are just starting a business, you may want to do your homework before hiring your first employee.

Memorial Day Thanks

Thumbnail image for IMG_2571.JPGSwenson Lervick says Thank You to all who serve or have served in the uniformed services of the USA! We are forever grateful for the sacrifices you have made to protect us and preserve our freedoms.

Donahue Wins Appeal; Appeals Court Rejects "Castle Doctrine" Argument

107_1web cropped.jpgSwenson Lervick attorney and Alexandria Assistant City Attorney Greg Donahue (above) has won the appeal of an assault conviction he obtained following a jury trial in Douglas County, Minnesota District Court. Affirming the conviction, the Minnesota Court of Appeals rejected the defendant's attempt to apply the "castle doctrine" to the common area of the jail where he was incarcerated.

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