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Coronavirus Impact and Assurance: Yes! We are still open for business!

As you are all aware, we are currently facing unique challenges due to the Coronavirus. While this is a serious crisis, it is important to keep it in perspective, and not allow it to prevent us from going about our business. We want to assure all of our clients that this office is prepared to serve your needs, regardless of what happens and how the virus affects Minnesota. In an effort to keep the office safe, we have stepped up prevention and sanitation measures in hopes to prevent disease transmission.

Because we are a paperless office, our entire staff is prepared to work from home if necessary. No matter what happens, we will continue to provide our clients with the highest quality legal services.  So far, not one client or staff member has become infected based on contact at this office and we will continue with safety protocols in an attempt to keep it that way. My office will continue to put the safety of our staff and you as our top priority. We do greatly appreciate your cooperation in conducting business in a safe fashion by utilizing current technology. Regardless of what happens, we will continue to take care of all of your legal needs.

Please rest assured, we will continue to take care of your legal needs in this challenging time, and your safety is our highest priority.

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The value of planning for a divorce

| Jul 12, 2018 | Divorce

Few couples anticipate going through a divorce when first getting married, but with divorce rates at 50 percent, planning for a future separation is the intelligent thing to do. Knowing what the expect when the time comes can reduce a lot of confusion and stress for both parties. If done correctly, planning can result in a peaceful negotiation of terms through mediation or collaboration rather than an extended and expensive trial. All the adults and children involved can benefit.

There are many things to consider when planning for a divorce, including the division of assets and custody of children. Making a reasonable decision about these factors requires careful thought and research by both parties. Each person should set reasonable goals for a future after divorce and then think of ways to accomplish those goals without generating more difficulties.

Creating an amicable plan outside a courtroom will require detailed organization from both parties. All financial information, including bank statements, retirement accounts, tax returns and mortgage documents should be carefully organized so that it is easier to decide what makes sense when it comes time to actually dividing everything. In addition, each party should plan a budget for life after divorce to see what type of income is required to live comfortably.

Even divorces without many disputes require detailed legal proceedings which is why it’s recommended that both parties get support and guidance from an attorney. Each person should go through a detailed initial consultation with any potential divorce lawyer to make sure that they’re a good match for the specific situation. With a thorough plan in place, it is more likely that the divorce may proceed without a lot of hassle or wasted time.