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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. For any clients who are not comfortable leaving their homes, we can handle any appointments remotely via phone, FaceTime, Skype, Zoom , and can transfer any documents to you electronically or by mail, if that is your preference.

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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IS THE CONTRACT STILL VALID

| Apr 20, 2020 | Firm News

Many are wondering these days about what to do with contracts for events that will not happen, weddings, and similar events planned for this Spring and Summer.  Most contracts for weddings and other special events provide that any deposit is non refundable, meaning if you decide not to get married, or for any other reason not to hold the wedding at the place where you contracted to, you will not get your deposit back.  What happens when the wedding cannot happen because of events beyond your control, a disease epidemic, and government orders that weddings and similar large gatherings not happen?  I believe that you are entitled to get your deposit back as the place where you had planned to hold your event cannot do it for you.  In legal terms, that would appear to make the contract voidable, meaning that any money you paid towards the contract comes back to you.  This is new legal territory, what exactly happens will depend on how your contract is worded, and how judges interpret the situation.