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Mediation, where a third party, the mediator tries to negotiate an agreement, is required in almost all divorce and custody cases. The mediator in divorce and custody cases is usually an attorney, but, they cannot represent either side or give either side legal advice...

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Don’t take the rule of law for granted

This is a good time, a year after the assault on the capitol, to think of what the rule of law means to all of us. The system is far from perfect, I have seen judges, governors, legislators all make mistakes, and do things that I do not agree with, they are human....

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You may be a landlord without knowing it

Many people become landlords without planning to, or even knowing it. If you let someone move into your house, even with no lease, and no rent being paid, they become tenants because they are living there. Minnesota law defines a tenant as anyone residing in a place,...

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Criminal law covers any case where someone is accused of a crime, all the way from parking tickets to a murder case. Any criminal case starts with the issuance of a complaint, often in the form of a ticket for the less severe charges. The complaint is prepared by the...

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What happens when a verdict is read?

With the Derick Chauvin trial being televised many people saw the reading of a verdict for the first time. The broadcast was pretty close to what my experience has been, but it did not show all of the lead up, and typical follow up to the reading. When you are the...

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Watching a trial on TV can make it seem free form, like people can say anything they want on the witness stand. In real life trials, there are strict rules about what can and cannot be said. Rules, called the Rules of Evidence determine what can and cannot be said....

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