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April 2015

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In Defense of Public Defenders

Minnesota’s chronically underfunded public defender system is looking for more resources at the Minnesota Legislature this year in hopes of increasing staff and reducing caseloads. It’s part of a six-year funding plan designed to get Minnesota PDs closer to the ABA’s national standards for public defenders. In nearly half the counties in Minnesota, a poor […]

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CRTs: A Powerful Tool for Income-Tax Planning

Charitable Remainder Trusts have been around a long time. But in cases involving extraordinary income events or certain kinds of underperforming assets, they offer estate planning advantages that deserve a fresh look. Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRTs) have long been considered useful estate planning tools to reduce the grantor’s liability for income and estate taxes while satisfying a philanthropic objective […]

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Bridging the Bar’s Generation Gap

Is the Minnesota State Bar Association prepared for the rise of the “millennial generation” in the legal workplace? This year millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996) are projected to surpass baby boomers as the largest generation in the US workforce, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In contrast to aging baby boomers, […]

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New and Noteworthy

Several developments in the area of professional responsibility have occurred in a fairly short period of time since the start of this year. Each warrants comment but perhaps not an entire column, so this month I’ll address a few marginally related matters under the heading “new and noteworthy.”1 Amendments to the MRPC On February 27, […]

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When Legal Concepts Collide: Custody, Guardianship, and Minnesota Law

For decades, family law and guardianship have existed as distinct legal regimes with very different purposes. But recent changes to Minnesota child support laws have set them at odds with each other, with sometimes disastrous results for families whose children have disablities. Collisions are messy. When cars or trains or planes collide, the outcome is noisy, painful, and […]

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Notes & Trends – April 2015

BANKRUPTCY JUDICIAL LAW •  Retainer not subject to disgorgement. In an opinion noted as “at the risk of being redundant,” the court held that, in an administratively insolvent case converted from a Chapter 11 to a Chapter 7, there is no statutory provision that allows for the return or disgorgement of a retainer.  Having previously […]

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Meet Lisa Pluto: Going Where the Clients Are

LISA K. PLUTO practices with Pluto Legal, PLLC, based in Tyler.  She is licensed to practice in Minnesota and Iowa and concentrates in Medical Assistance and Estate Planning.  Pluto is a member of the Wealth Counsel, Hennepin County Medical Assistance Committee, Southern Minnesota Estate Planning Council and the MSBA Probate and Trust Law section. How […]

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‘Band of Brothers’ Scores Pro Bono Win

How perseverance, determination and a bit of luck finally brought VA benefits to a traumatized Vietnam vet.   In a 2009 photo, attorneys (left to right) Patrick Mahlberg, Patrick Burns, John Satorius, and John Degnan stand with their client Larry Stigen. It’s been nearly five years since Bench & Bar brought you the story of Larry […]

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Mock Trial: Nova Wins!

Nova Classical Academy, a St. Paul charter school, has won the state title in MSBA’s 29th season of the High School Mock Trial Tournament. This is Nova’s fifth year in the competition—and second championship title in three years.  With 200 Upper School students, Nova often fields five or six teams per mock trial season. “At […]

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