Minnesota is a "no fault" divorce state, which means courts will not financially punish or reward a party when dividing assets and debts because of good or bad behavior during the marriage. Generally speaking, the courts will "equitably" divide the marital assets and liabilities between the parties. Disputes arise over whether an asset is "marital," and therefore subject to division, or "non-marital," in which case one party is entitled to the asset without consideration to the other party.
Our firm is fortunate that Katelyn has decided to come home to Alexandria and serve as the assistant City Attorney and a big part of our firm's work in the community.
If you have been putting off your estate planning, don't worry, you're still alive! But... no one lives forever so let's recognize it as a great opportunity to start thinking about estate planning in 2020. Your loved ones, family members and others will thank you.
The holidays are a great time for companies to celebrate their achievements and show appreciation for their employees. While holiday parties are a fantastic way for colleagues to come together, unwind and enjoy each other's company, it is important for employers to be cognizant of the many risks they present, such as sexual harassment due to a more relaxed attitude, religious discrimination, and the many risks associated with offering alcohol at your party.
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:
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:
Life insurance and other death benefit policies are incredibly important, particularly if you have dependent children or other dependent family members.