Oct
14

Home Surveillance in the Digital Age - the Limits of Looking Beyond Your Doorway

Problems with neighbors are not uncommon. Whether your neighbor consistently parks in your parking spot, or paints their house with obnoxiously offensive colors, neighbors are likely to disagree at some point.

Respect for privacy is one of the most desirable traits in a neighbor. Of course, communities are better off when neighbors are welcoming and engage with one another, but we all have the right to privacy if we wish to exercise it. And the overall trend has been towards recognizing greater privacy protections, even while technology and social media increase access to, and distribution...

Oct
14

Child Support in Minnesota - Evolution or Revolution in 2018?

On August 1, 2018, a new child support law went into effect in Minnesota.  The question many people have is simple: so what?   Well, child support is all about the math.   In 2018, the math has changed in significant ways.

The new law requires the Court to know the exact number of overnights each parent will have with their child to determine the percentage of time each parent has, averaged over a two-year period, to apply a Parenting Expense Adjustment.  Minn. Stat. Sec. 518A.36. The Parenting Expense Adjustment, which is a new concept in Minnesota law, recognizes that a parent...

Mar
26

Don’t let an insurer take your grain. An insurer’s duty of good faith and fair dealing explained

In 2009, archaeologists discovered what is believed to be the world’s oldest known granary, a building in which grain and other foods are stored for extended periods. Located just off the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan, researchers believe this granary to be more than 11,000 years-old (for perspective, 11,000 years ago sabre-tooth tigers and wooly mammoths still roamed the Midwest). 

The development of granaries in the ancient world mark what is perhaps the greatest evolutionary shifts in human history. Before the development of granaries, people were nomadic; moving from place to place...

Feb
23

Did the State of Minnesota Change your Business Structure without You? Minnesota‘s Newly Implemented Limited Liability Company Statutes (Chapters 322B & 322C)

Many small and medium-sized business owners may not be aware, but as of January 1, 2018, Minnesota changed its laws governing various aspects of business operations for limited liability companies (LLCs) in Minnesota (formerly Chapter 322B, now 322C). The changes have been on the books for some time, and received some heightened coverage late last year, but many may still be unfamiliar with the new laws. Minnesota largely enacted the new system to bring the State more in line with the majority approach in the US. Depending on how your business is organized, this change may have either...

Jan
25

How Technology Helps and Hinders Co-Parenting

Parents today are learning how technology can provide a wealth of information about their child while outside of their sight.  Many electronic tools are extremely accessible, such as text and video messages sent instantly over cell phones, FaceTime, social media posts, and even video baby monitors that can be accessed from another room or through an app.  Some tools are more surreptitious, including tracking devices, remote location monitoring, Google glasses, recording “undercover” videos, or even turning on speaker phone when a child is talking to the other parent.  A client who...

Jan
22

Alternatives to Temporary Protected Status

In the past few months the current administration has announced the ending of Temporary Protective Status (TPS) for multiple countries including El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Sudan. If you are losing your TPS, there may be another way for you to obtain status in the United States. A few of these pathways are listed below.

If you entered the U.S. lawfully and have a spouse, parent , or child over 21 who is a United States citizen or permanent resident, you may be able to apply for residency. Individuals with family members meeting these categories may apply for residency within the...
Jan
5

Don't Open the Door to Strangers!

It’s the middle of the night.  You are in bed, maybe asleep, maybe trying to get to sleep.  All of a sudden there is a banging on the door, and shouts of, “Police!  Open!  Police!”  Or maybe there is regular, constant knocking and someone asking, “Anyone home?  Hello?”  Startled, you jump out of bed, go to the door and open it.  Maybe you speak English, maybe you do not.  Two uniformed police officers are at the door and say there has been an accident, they need to see your son, your husband, or your wife.  What do you do?

Police cannot simply come into your house...

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