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What if my Child gets Hurt?

Personal injury actions-where you are injured due to somebody else's actions or failure to act-can be a lot of stress added to the fact that you are injured and trying to focus on your recovery. When the injured person is your child, the drive to protect and defend that child can make an already stressful situation overwhelming. In Minnesota, a parent can file a lawsuit on behalf of a minor who is too young mount their own legal action, but there are specific rules that govern how any money paid out from such a suit must be held.

Love Shouldn't Hurt: Recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is domestic violence awareness month, and as a prosecutor for the City of Alexandria, I am confronted with the realities of domestic violence on a daily basis. What I have come to learn is that, despite what many people think, domestic violence is not just punches, black eyes, bruises and stitches. Domestic violence is yelling, humiliation, stalking, manipulation, coercion, threats and isolation. It's stealing a paycheck, keeping tabs online, non-stop texting, constant use of the silent treatment, or calling someone stupid or dumb so many times that the victim comes to actually believe it. It involves behavior that is used to establish power and control over another person, often through fear and intimidation over a period of time, using threats and verbal and emotional abuse.

Your Guide...to understanding a lawsuit.

A lawsuit is a bit like venturing into the deep dark wilderness. Without a good guide in the wild, you're likely to get lost, step into the poison ivy, or maybe even get eaten by the lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Without a good guide through the legal maze of a lawsuit, you're likely to get lost in the process, step into nasty legal weeds, or even get "eaten" by a lawyer who convinces a judge to rule against you.

Breaking: New FLSA Salary Requirements Set

California-Pay-stub.jpegThe United States Department of Labor announced yesterday its much-awaited final rule increasing the salary requirements for "white collar" exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The final rule will:

Payable on death accounts keep funds out of probate

When considering the best planning options for an estate plan, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. A number of options are available, and those tools allow each person to craft a plan that fits his or her unique circumstances. Still, you may worry about how to use the right planning tools for your estate.

First, you may want to consider your wishes for your estate. For instance, if you would like to minimize the probate process, you could find it useful to utilize planning options that help you keep certain assets out of probate. In particular, you may want to explore payable on death accounts.

Wage Theft Seminar Announced

Douglas Co Jail.jpgMinnesota's new wage theft law began taking effect July 1, 2019. It imposes new record keeping and hiring requirements, plus the potential for fines and jail time for violators.

Navigating MN's Hands Free Law: Arrive Alive & Ticket Free!

Thumbnail image for KSS Color - with name - 400 MP wide.jpgOn April 12, 2019 Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed the state's new Hands Free law, which will go into effect on August 1, 2019. In doing so, Minnesota will become the 18th state to prohibit drivers from holding phones. That's right...holding.

Jacobson and Cass Selected to Super Lawyers Lists

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for TAJ - 2nd retouch.jpgTom Jacobson has been selected to the 2019 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 fourth 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.

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