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When is the right time to incorporate my small business?

Many individuals start their small business as a sole proprietorship or as a simple general partnership with a friend. As some point, the question always arises, "Should I form an LLC or a corporation?" Minnesota has a variety of different types of corporate entities of which both a limited liability company and a corporation are included. Each has its advantages and disadvantages as far as taxes and management, but the general questions that should typically be answered when forming a company are as follows:

Could payable on death accounts benefit your estate plan?

Many Minnesota residents know that probating an estate can take a considerable amount of time. You may know this from firsthand experience closing a loved one's estate or from hearing others talk about the long process. As a result, you want to do what you can to help your family settle your estate more easily when the time comes.

Your Guide...to Discovery

In a previous article I noted that most lawsuits include an information-sharing phase called discovery. Discovery is like a fishing expedition because it is how the parties "fish" for information about each other's cases. And, like a tackle box with different lures, the courts' rules give us many different tools for fishing for information during a lawsuit. 

What is Family Law?

Everyone has heard the term "family law" before. But, the term doesn't do a good job of describing itself or what it includes. At some point in your life you may have wondered if you need a family law lawyer. Broadly speaking, "family law" doesn't describe a narrow specialty or area of the law, but instead the term refers to a broad range of legal issues that deal with family matters and relationships. It consists of different laws, rules, and court decisions that govern the legal rights and responsibilities between individuals who share a close connection.These relationships usually involve people who are related by blood or marriage, but family law can affect those in more distant relationship as well. Often times family law issues become more apparent when families or relationships are going through a time of transition. This could mean divorce or separation, or it could be a child custody, support or visitation dispute. It could be seeking protection from domestic violence. It could mean proactively defining a couple's legal rights before entering into a marriage relationship through an Antenuptial/Prenuptial Agreement. Or, it could mean seeking to expand a family through adoption, or wanting to establish a parent/child relationship in a paternity matter. The "family law" umbrella covers many legal areas which include but aren't necessarily limited to:

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