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Experts question the value of forensic evidence

Minnesota residents who watch shows like 'CSI" on television may be surprised to learn that questions have been raised about the validity of forensic evidence and the qualifications of the experts who provide it. After studying the way hairs, fingerprints and fibers are gathered and processed, a panel of scientists, academics and legal experts found problems with virtually every technique and concluded that the interpretation of forensic evidence is often based on subjective factors rather than science. Their findings were published in 2009 by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

Can I get charged with a DWI on a snowmobile?

Snowmobiling is a popular recreational activity and method of transportation in the winter time, and there’s no better place for it than northern Minnesota. Whether you’re traversing the trails or circling the lake, it can be a great way to socialize and take advantage of the abundance of snow. But you should be careful if you plan on pairing alcohol with your snowmobiling adventures.

Signs that a divorce is imminent

People in Minnesota may experience various conflicts and changes in their relationships. When people get married, they may intend to stay together for the rest of their lives. However, as people change and grow, they can find themselves at odds with their spouse. They may have conflicts over career or parenthood, or they may suffer issues with addiction, infidelity or even abuse. In other cases, they may simply find themselves growing in different directions, especially if they married at a younger age or experienced significant upheaval in their lives. There are some indicators that experts say reveal when couples are more likely to end their marriage.

It can happen here

That was the title of a book written in the 1930s about a Nazi style takeover in this country. People assumed that something like that could never happen here, and it did.

Discharging student loan debt in a bankruptcy

The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, which was signed into law in 2005, makes student loan debt exempt from discharge in most situations, and individuals who seek relief from educational loan obligations are generally required to establish undue hardship by passing the Brunner test. However, Minnesota is one of a handful of states where bankruptcy courts apply the totality of circumstances test instead of the Brunner test.

Estate planning for couples without children

Some couples in Minnesota and other states have decided not to have children because of insecurities regarding their parenting skills, concerns about their finances, worries regarding climate change and instability, and a wide variety of other reasons. Couples who decide to be child-free experience challenges related to estate planning that are different than couples who have children.

Facing the unique challenges when getting a gray divorce

In Minnesota and across the United States, a growing number of older people are moving forward with a divorce. This is frequently called a "gray" divorce. The reasons for divorce can range from no longer having the same life goals to experiencing boredom, dissatisfaction and unhappiness. While the overall divorce rate has been in decline and is at its lowest point in four decades, people 55 and older are increasingly choosing to part ways.

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