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Are Title Company Kickbacks Harming Your Clients?

Cozy relationships between title companies and brokers create problems for consumers Recent enforcement actions by the Minnesota Department of Commerce have underscored both the prevalence of real estate title insurance kickbacks and the inadequacy of the available enforcement mechanisms. In this article, the author explores the problem and suggests that litigation over breach of fiduciary duty could […]

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Litigating Sports Concussions: What you need to know about the science and the law

Advances in medicine, combined with a flurry of headlines about professional sports litigation, have raised awareness of the problem of concussions. But although rapid advancements in medicine and the evolution of the law are making these claims easier to pursue, litigating such claims remains difficult. Attorneys asserting claims on behalf of concussed athletes need to […]

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Happy Birthday, Whistleblowers

As Minnesota law turns 30, here’s what you need to know This year marks the 30th anniversary of whistleblower law as a fixture of the Minnesota legal landscape. It’s an apt time to consider 30 aspects of the law that litigants and their lawyers face in dealing with whistleblowing matters. It’s been 30 years since […]

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Ethical Considerations in Working with Aging Clients

Issues can surface with new and longtime clients alike In the March 2017 issue of Bench & Bar, readers learned from Courtney Sebo’s article “Try to Remember: Estate Planning for Clients with Dementia” about how a client’s diminished capacity can confound estate planning. In addition to complicating the underlying legal services, a client’s diminished capacity […]

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How do Minnesota’s attorney discipline numbers compare?

Benchmarking is popular in business. I have found, however, that it is a challenge to benchmark attorney regulation systems given the differing approaches to attorney discipline and regulation among the states. Even though no two systems are identical, it is interesting to look at how different states approach attorney regulation, and to compare how many […]

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Notes & Trends – August 2017

Landmarks in the Law Current developments in judicial law, legislation, and administrative action together with a foretaste of emergent trends in law and the legal profession for the complete Minnesota lawyer. BANKRUPTCY JUDICIAL LAW • Debtor cannot exempt annuity payments simply because it was purchased as a result of spouse’s death. Debtor sought to exempt […]

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Associate Attorney – Bankruptcy

ASK LLP, a nationally recognized boutique law firm involved in major bankruptcy cases throughout the U.S., is looking for an associate attorney. This position involves commercial litigation in bankruptcy courts across the country. We value excellent academic credentials, writing and negotiation skills and ability to manage large work load. We expect impeccable references and a […]

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CLEs: more content, more convenience

The MSBA continues to expand its CLE programming each year. Last year we offered roughly 300 programs. Section CLE programming continues to be a central part of your MSBA membership, but with busy members throughout the state, it’s not always easy to attend a one-hour program in Minneapolis. Almost all MSBA CLE programs now offer […]

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Down with avoidance

I’m not really a dog person. Probably more accurately, I’m not really a pet person. But I think that what that really means is that I’ve never been exposed to pets (unless you count a guppy, which I don’t think you can). Now it’s not that I don’t like animals, it’s just that I’m completely […]

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Meet Thomas Winters: ‘I fell in love with the community’

THOMAS P. WINTERS is a general practitioner at Ramstad, Skoyles & Winters in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, where his practice is focused mostly on estate planning and probate. A 2009 graduate of William Mitchell College of Law, he and his wife, Erin Winters, have a one-year-old son and another child on the way.  Tell us about […]

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