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02
Jun

Just Call Alex

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tcOq0V7CSo

01
Jun

Tick Tock

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyNEqA2NUlQ

05
Jul

In The Press Links

Name Your Own Price Month Would You Let Your Client Set Your Fee? Leave Your Attorney Fee to Your Clients Should Clients Be Allowed to Set Their Own Legal Fees? A Minnesota Lawyer’s Experiement with ‘Name Your Own Price’ Fees Lawyer’s ‘Name Your Own Price’ Experiment Current Events Should Elizabeth Edwards’ Heirs Sue for Malpractice? Gay? They Tax That Too Innovative Business Models Workshifting in Cowboy Boots

17
May

As I mentioned in my last post, I was involved in a panel discussion for small business owners about things you can do to reduce your stress as a small business owner. After the panel, one of the business owners approached me and asked me the following question: What is the most important thing a business owner should do from a legal perspective? I may have surprised the business owner when I had an answer as soon as they finished asking ...

08
Apr

What to Plan When You’re Expecting

A few days ago, I got a very giddy call from a client. He told me that he needed some legal advice. When anybody calls me sounding so happy and says they need legal advice, it is usually one of three things: they got engaged, they bought a house, or they had a baby. My client’s situation was not one of those three, but he was close. My client and his wife had just found out the day before that ...

01
Feb

Neil Gaiman on Preserving Your Creative Work

In 2006, Neil Gaiman declared “My current crusade is to make sure creative people have wills”. As a lawyer and a Coraline fan, finding that quote made me a little giddy. He followed up that statement with a discussion about why it is so important for every person that creates things, no matter how small, to have a plan. I would paraphrase the article for you, but Neil ...

28
Jan

Appeal Your Property Tax Bill

The following is a guest post by Woodbury real estate agent Aundrea Paskett. You can get more home maintenance and home buying advice by visiting her blog. To successfully appeal your property tax bill, you first need to do a bit of sleuthing into your real estate assessment. Owning a home is an expensive proposition. There’s maintenance, landscaping, utilities, renovations, and, of course, taxes. It’s your civic duty to pay the latter, but it’s also your right not to yield ...

20
Jan

Make Sure Your Bank Account Grows Up When You Grow Up

Almost everyone has a bank account once they reach adulthood. Most of us have a couple. Even if you have a simple checking account or a simple savings account, after a few years, it is easy to lose track of some important details of your account. When you are entering a long engagement or have just been married, make sure that all of your bank accounts still have terms and policies which are advantageous to your current stage in life. ...

20
Jan

Almost everyone has a bank account once they reach adulthood. Most of us have a couple. Even if you have a simple checking account or a simple savings account, after a few years, it is easy to lose track of some important details of your account. When you are entering a long engagement or have just been married, make sure that all of your bank accounts still have terms and policies which are advantageous to your current stage in life. ...

13
Jan

What happens to Fido when I die?

As hard as it is to understand as a loving pet owner, the state of Minnesota (as well as most other states) considers a pet to be no different than any other personal property. This means that when you die, if you have not provided different directions in your will, your pet is given to your heirs in the same way as your car, bed, or any other tangible property. When you die without a will, the only people eligible to ...