It Is Not Rocket Science

We have known for a long time how to avoid most police misconduct.  The officer who murdered a citizen in Minneapolis had a long history of anger and violence issues known to department leadership, yet they kept him on the force. If anyone thinks this is only a big...

ACCOUNTABILITY MATTERS

Minnesota made itself famous in the worst way with what may be the worst killing of a civilian by law enforcement in recent memory.  Law enforcement is one of the most important and difficult jobs in this country.  I have worked with and known dozens of law...

MEET YOU IN THE LOT

When people meet in parking lots in movies they are usually up to no good. These days, that is no longer the case, with social distancing a lot of meetings are happening in parking lots. We will now be offering appointments in our parking lot for those of you who...

UPDATE ON CONTINUED OPERATIONS

Thankfully, our office has been able to stay open and fully serve all of our clients despite the worst disease outbreak in over a 100 years while keeping our staff and clients safe. Our state has not yet seen the worst of this disease. To continue staying safe, we...

ARE WE THERE YET

It is tempting to think that the Coronavirus crisis is winding down, especially with talk of businesses re-opening and a return to normal.  Unfortunately, that is wishful thinking, the worst has yet to come for most of the country, including Minnesota.  The weekly...

WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE

People are starting to wonder about when business will re-open and when life will return to close to normal.  Those of us within the legal system are asking when the courts will return to a semi normal schedule.  Thousands of people across the state have their cases...

OPEN FOR BUSINESS

States of emergencies, disasters come and go, but some things never change.  People pass on, heirs and family still need help with transferring assets after death.  The Probate Court is still open, the only way to transfer most assets after death, especially real...

HOLDING THE BAG

Last month, the Minnesota Judicial Branch (court system) decided to stop virtually all eviction cases, and not accept evictions filed due to non payment of rent.  There are solid arguments in favor of this action, no one wants to see people homeless due to the current...

IS THE CONTRACT STILL VALID

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...

DOMESTIC ABUSE AND THE SHUTDOWN

It is unfortunate, but, perhaps not surprising that having people home more than ever, sheltering in place has caused a spike in domestic abuse cases. Being in constant contact, combined with financial and child care pressures is bound to increase conflict. Courts are...