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March 2014

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What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: Computer Security for Lawyers

The burgeoning growth of electronic communications has offered lawyers convenience and efficiency previously unimagined. But the benefits have not come without costs, including heightened risks that data may be lost or confidentiality breached.  Knowing these risks and how to meet them is increasingly critical. Over the past ten years, the landscape of consumer technologies has changed […]

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The Dough Boy’s Devise: Severance Takes a Poke

New developments—both in the economy and the law—have brought about changes in severance packages given by employers to employees. Severance arrangements in which employers provide compensation to departing employees, along with other terms and conditions, have deep Minnesota roots. But rulings of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals1 have dealt setbacks to employees who have entered […]

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Disability & Accessibility: Applying ADA Title III to the Internet

As business transactions increasingly have moved onto the internet, questions about equal access to websites for persons with disabilities have arisen in parallel.  While equal access is without question the goal, when and how this will be accomplished remains to be seen. The District of Minnesota has recently seen an increase in lawsuits claiming that commercial […]

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Promoting Impartial Justice

I’m proud to be a member of the MSBA because of its longstanding commitment to fostering a greater understanding of and appreciation for our independent judiciary. From its founding in 1883, the MSBA recognized the critical importance of promoting awareness of the role and value of “the third branch.”  Particularly today, with our internet-hyped, 24-hour […]

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Summary of Private Discipline

In calendar year 2013, the Director’s Office resolved 144 files with admonitions that were issued to Minnesota attorneys for isolated and nonserious violations of the Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct (MRPC).  Another 13 lawyers entered into stipulations for private probation that were approved by the Lawyers Board chair; these stipulations resolved an additional 18 complaint […]

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Word for iPad

Lots of attorneys want to be able to work with Microsoft Word (*.doc or *.docx) files on an iPad, but they don’t know what is available to allow them to do so. There are a number of programs for the iPad that are essentially the equivalent of a mobile version of Microsoft Office. Blogger Randy […]

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Property both Torrens and Abstract

Occasionally a practitioner comes across a property which includes both Torrens and abstract titles, the result of combining two or more parcels for one use. A conveyance of such lots must be recorded both with the Registrar of Titles (Torrens) and with the County Recorder (abstract).  A recorded document on one side will not constitute […]

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Divorce & Tax Refunds

Frequently, divorcing spouses will need to file tax returns in a joint married status after the commencement of the case, but before entry of the decree.  Because refunds are typically divided equally, this can involve complicated arrangements over the logistics of doing so—depending on the level of mistrust—even to the point of requiring the issuance […]

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