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December 2019 Archives

Tips for family talks about estate planning

Minnesota parents may want to lay the groundwork for strong estate planning by talking to their children about their values when they are young. By establishing an early tradition that money is an appropriate subject, they make it easier to discuss finances in the family. They can also discuss their values with their children, which can help ensure that their legacy is carried on through estate planning and other means.

Adjusting your custody Agreement as your children grow

As kids get older custody arrangements often need to be changed. Just because you have an order does not mean that it is set in concrete, judges understand that teenagers have different needs than toddlers, and need different schedules with their parents. Even a year or two of age difference for a child can make a huge difference in what type of schedule works for them. No matter what the age of your kids, if things have changed and the current custody order no longer works for them, take a look at getting it changed.

Report shows that the racial divide in prisons is narrowing

Racial disparities among state prison inmates in Minnesota and around the country are becoming much less pronounced, but the figures show that African Americans are still incarcerated at much higher rates than whites. This was just one of the conclusions found in a report on prison demographics released on Dec. 3 by the Council on Criminal Justice. The nonpartisan organization also noticed a narrower disparity between the number of black and white individuals on parole or probation.

WHAT IS A MOTOR VEHICLE AND WHAT IS DRIVING?

Seems like two real dumb questions, we all know a motor vehicle is a car or truck, and driving is when we are going down the road in them. But, that old rule your teacher told you about there being no such thing as a dumb question is true here. State law defines motor vehicles differently than many of us do for purposes of the drunk driving laws. 

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