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November 2014

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Every Dog Has Its Day–In Court: Requirements of Minnesota’s Dangerous Dog Statute

Dogs and their owners in Minnesota enjoy significant statutory and procedural protections when the dangerousness of the dog is in question, but a default to local ordinances to implement the statute makes knowing the local regulations imperative for owners. Approximately 31.9 percent of households in Minnesota include at least one dog.1 While many dog owners […]

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Charitable Contributions: Gifts That Will Keep on Giving in 2015

As the end of the year approaches, thoughts turn to giving, tax planning, and being thankful for the benefits the year has brought.  Charitable giving and happiness seem to complement one another, a process that may be enhanced if you are aware of what is and is not deductible and what steps are necessary to ensure your gift does the most good. […]

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Conservation Easements: Attractive Opportunity or Risky Endeavor?

Conservation easements present an attractive option for landowners looking to gain a tax advantage while preserving and protecting treasured land, but the process of establishing one can be both costly and onerous and the financial benefits may be limited. “[C]onservation will ultimately boil down to rewarding the private landowner who conserves the public interest.” —Aldo […]

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Tomorrow’s Bar Associations

The best-selling author and legal commentator, Richard Susskind, begins his latest book, Tomorrow’s Lawyers, by discussing hockey great, Wayne Gretzky, who famously advised to “skate where the puck’s going, not where it’s been.” Susskind similarly advises lawyers thinking about their futures to plan for a legal market as it will be and not as it […]

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Withdrawing: Must I? May I?

One of the advantages of posting on the Lawyers Board website1 all of the articles written by me, by past directors, and by staff attorneys in this office is that attorneys, or the public, can read or reread them whenever an issue arises that one of the articles addresses. One of the disadvantages of posting […]

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Unemployment Compensation

One obstacle that occasionally trips up applicants for unemployment compensation benefits is the obligation that they be “actively seeking suitable employment,” as required by Minn. Stat. §268.085, subd. 1(4).  The phrase “actively seeking,” defined as “being ready, willing, and able” to accept suitable employment, applies to all seekers of unemployment benefits, regardless of the reason […]

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Alford Pleas

In North Carolina v. Alford, 400 U.S. 25, 91 S.Ct. 160 (1970), the United States Supreme Court held that it was constitutional for a court to accept a defendant’s guilty plea, even though the defendant maintained his innocence, where the state demonstrated “a strong factual basis for the plea” and the defendant clearly expressed his […]

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