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Divorce Myths: Moving out of State with Children

January 31, 2011

I recently spoke at a parenting through divorce class and once again, I was asked about the rules of moving out of state with a minor child.  There is a big misconception about the rules in Minnesota regarding moving the residence of a minor child. Unless the other parent agrees, you may not move the residence of your child to another state without court approval.  This is true even if you have primary physical custody (are the custodial parent).* Read more…

Hiring an Attorney: Small Business Edition

January 30, 2011

I wrote a post a while back that focused on how to interview a prospective attorney.  I admit, when I drafted the article I had individual clients in mind, not business clients.  I recently came across this article from the New York Times.  It has a lot of the same advice I included in my previous post, but from a business prospective. The article also has good suggestions for addressing cost and keeping cost down, something important to us all in this “new economy.”

Workplace Confidentiality (Or Lack Thereof)

January 28, 2011

A recent California Court of Appeals case determined that an email sent by an attorney to his client’s work email address was not privileged like typical private communication between an attorney and a client would be.  The decision states in part:

[T]he e-mails sent via company computer under the circumstances of this case were akin to consulting her lawyer in her employer’s conference room, in a loud voice, with the door open, so that any reasonable person would expect that their discussion of her complaints about her employer would be overheard.

The non-lawyer readers of this site probably care little about the attorney client privilege issue, but I would caution you to think again about the main issue brought up by this case: confidentiality within the workplace. Read more…

Overdose of the Tiger Mother

January 22, 2011

This week I’ve read no more than four articles reviewing/flaming/praising Amy Chua’s new book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. One of many conversations with the author can be found here.  For the few of you in dark, Ms. Chua’s premise is that the strict, uncompromising standards of  stereotypical Chinese parents makes children successful. How does this relate to the law and why am I writing about it on my blog? Well, I’m still making a tenuous connection to the law, but at least there a little humor in this article in the Huffington Post which was brought to my attention by former law school classmate and family law practitioner, Elizabeth Drotning Hartwell. For those of you not entirely overdosed by Tiger Mother commentary, Enjoy!

Basics of Property Ownership Between Spouses

January 11, 2011

So many folks who I work with on real property (land) matters have at least some confusion about how property ownership generally works, especially between spouses.  Here are some of the issues I see the most often and a basic explanation of the law related to each instance: Read more…

Congratulations Waconia Mock Trial

January 9, 2011

I had the pleasure of watching the Waconia High School mock trial team tear up Farmington during their second round at the U of M Invitational today.  I attorney coach the team with fellow MHS attorney, Tim Looby. We didn’t fair so well against our first opponent, Breck (past national champions).  But, overall we did well, learned a lot and one of our attorneys even won an award for a perfect score from the judges!

A Real Kangaroo Court

January 8, 2011

Courtesy former law school classmate, Kimberly Larson, and in honor of dear friend, Marie O’Leary, I bring you an article from the Grand Forks Herald about a real kangaroo in court. Click Here to read the entire story.

I previously posted recommendations on What Not to Wear in court. File this one under what not to BRING to court!