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The new MSBA website is live

We’re excited to announce that the MSBA’s new website—featuring a cleaner, more contemporary design and simpler, more intuitive user navigation—went live on October 23! Visit soon if you haven’t already—and let us know what you think (feedback@mnbar.org). 

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October 2018

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Charitable Gifting and the New Tax Law

Unless charitable giving is carefully planned, many individuals will no longer receive a tax benefit for their charitable contributions. Earlier this year, right around tax time, I was approached by two well-established legal services leaders to discuss resource development for Minnesota’s legal services providers. During this discussion, which ranged from the new tax law to […]

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You have a role in judicial elections

So you’re a lawyer, right? That question usually precedes a series of questions about an area of law completely unrelated to your practice. When Prince died I was asked by friends to explain the inner workings of the laws of intestate succession. While I did pass Estates and Trusts in law school—I can dig out […]

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PSLF is in jeopardy. You can do something about it

Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) is the light at the end of the tunnel that makes a legal career in public service possible. This federal program allows borrowers who work for 10 years in a full-time public service position to earn forgiveness on eligible student loans. Sadly, this vital program is now at risk of […]

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What you don’t know about trust accounts can hurt you

The Minnesota Supreme Court has publicly disciplined several attorneys this year for trust account errors. I have previously written on this topic,1 and because it’s important and the consequences are so serious, I would appreciate your attention once again if you are in private practice. This time I’d like to tell you the tale of […]

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Cyberattacks and the costs of reputational harm

A few months ago, I wrote about cyber insurance and its place in an organization’s cybersecurity plans (“Managing cyber risk: Is cyber liability insurance important for law firms?”, June B&B). In my estimation, the most valuable aspect of cyber insurance lies in applying for it. Making organizations go through the paces to evaluate their cybersecurity postures, […]

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Notes & Trends – October 2018

CIVIL PROCEDURE JUDICIAL LAW • Minn. R. Civ. P. 63.03; affirming timely removal of assigned judge. Appellant is a petitioner in the Minnesota Tax Court in three cases. In June 2016 one of three tax court judges issued a scheduling order to control the first case, and in May 2017, a second tax court judge granted […]

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Office Space

Want to go out on your own but worried about how to make it work? Worried that doing it wrong will hurt your professional reputation? We can help. We’re much more than just office space and services, although we have that, too. We are a community of top-notch attorneys with successful practices. If you are […]

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Meet the candidates: Minnesota Attorney General

Ellison, Wardlow discuss their records, views, and priorities Following Minnesota’s August 14 primary election, MSBA Access to Justice Director Sherri Knuth sent seven questions to the major party nominees for Attorney General of Minnesota, U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (DFL) and former Minnesota state Rep. Doug Wardlow (R). We present their unabridged responses here. The MSBA […]

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