Wasche Corner – From the Experts

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Probate Basics

Probate is the court process that authorizes a personal representative to transfer a deceased person's property. Two important determining factors on if a person's estate needs to go through probate are: 1) did the person own real property in their name only, and 2)...

Child Custody – Visitation Schedule

In a custody case, both physical custody and legal custody must be agreed upon or determined by a judge. Legal custody specifies which parent, or both parents if joint legal custody, has the right to  make important decisions for the child(ren) including education,...

Affairs and Divorce

Minnesota is a no fault state, which means that a party can ask for divorce without any specific reason other than irretrievable breakdown of marriage. However, being a no fault state also means that having an affair is not typically considered in the issues reviewed...

Navigating Through Discovery

Discovery is a process in a lawsuit that happens prior to trial that allows each party to investigate the facts of the case, whether it's a divorce case, real estate dispute, contract dispute, etc. Four ways for obtaining information from the other party are:...

Estate Planning – Taking Care of Your Pets

Have you thought about what will happen with your money, assets, house, etc. when you pass away? What about what will happen with your pets? A dog owner in Tennessee made sure his dog, Lulu, will live out her life luxuriously after leaving her $5 million of his...

Setting Up a Small Business

When setting up a business in Minnesota, the first item to consider is determining the type of business you are wanting to set up. Two common types of businesses to set up are corporations and limited liability companies. When considering what type of business is...

Do I Need to Hire a Real Estate Attorney?

Minnesota does not require a party to hire a real estate attorney for a real estate transaction. However, there are times during a transaction, whether it be residential or commercial, where hiring a real estate attorney may be in your best interest. Real estate...

Is Your Estate Planning Current?

If you have taken the first step and had your estate planning documents (i.e. will, power of attorney, health care directive) drafted, you are off to a great start. However, have you had life changing events since drafting those documents? Have many years passed...

Best Interest of the Child

Custody arrangements should be arranged based on the best interest of the child. If parents cannot negotiate a custody settlement agreement outside of court, the court will review the facts of the case and look at specific factors in their evaluation. Those factors...

Is this dog abandoned?

On April 13, 2020, a decision was filed by the Minnesota Court of Appeals that reversed a Hennepin County District Court's decision regarding awarding an "abandoned" dog to the Respondent who had been caring for the dog for the original owner. The timeline of the...

Who Needs a Will?

Have you thought about getting a will drafted? Have you wondered if it would be worthwhile for you to have a will prepared by an attorney? If you haven’t asked yourself these questions yet, it’s something you should be asking now, as it is never too soon to execute a...

What debt will I have after divorce?

When looking at divorce, many people are concerned with how assets will be divided post-divorce, but another item of concern is how the parties' debts will be divided post-divorce. Any amount of money you and your spouse owe could be subject to division when going...

Would a Trust Fit into your Estate Plan?

A trust is not just for the rich, a trust can be a valuable estate planning tool for many different people. A person may want to set up a trust if they have minor children or grandchildren that they want to leave money to and want to ensure the money is there for the...

Health Care Wishes

A health care directive is not a document you must have, but it certainly is one you should have. A health care provider will listen to what people close to you say about how to proceed with medical treatment, but without a health care directive stating your wishes...

Do your documents do their job?

The Court of Appeals affirmed a district court's case in September of this year granting summary judgment permitting real property to be used for purposes other than a golf course. The Duluth Automobile Club obtained land in 1931 that contained a golf course and...

Children’s Preferences for Custody Arrangements

The Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed and remanded part of a district court’s case involving modifying child custody on September 3, 2019 in the case of Adam C. Steele, Appellant vs Sarah M. Held, Respondent. The Appellant had filed a responsive motion with the...

Distribution of Assets

When stating how to distribute a deceased person's assets, one method is "per stirpes" or "right of representation". Per stirpes means that a deceased person's assets are evenly distributed to their children, and if their children have already passed, then to the...

Division of Assets – Marital Home

Generally when a couple is getting a divorce, the most valuable asset is the home. The court will take into account the length of the marriage, any prior marriages, age, health, occupation, etc. when determining how to split up marital assets, including the home. One...

Alternative Dispute Resolution Methods

In a divorce or child custody/support proceeding, there are three commonly used alternative dispute resolution methods used prior to proceeding with court: mediation, arbitration, and early neutral evaluation. Mediation is the most common method that provides an...

Landlord-Tenant Law

March 6th, 2019 the Minnesota Supreme Court issued a landlord-tenant decision related to habitability of residential rental real estate.  Minnesota’s residential landlord-tenant statute requires that landlords keep a residential rental property in a habitable...

Real Estate Acquisitions

The process of buying a home is not only filled with many documents in order to conduct the sale, but there are also many different people involved in the transaction including real estate agents, lenders, title companies, etc. When taking the often times long and...

A New Year With a New Resolution

With the new year comes new plans and resolutions to change or better your life. Perhaps your resolution is to be better prepared in life. Thinking in the big scheme of things, being prepared for end-of-life is very important, and one big check mark you could check...

Alimony

Spousal maintenance, also known as alimony, is granted by the court for either spouse if it finds that the spouse seeking maintenance (1) lacks sufficient property, or (2) is unable to provide adequate self-support. When determining if spousal support is to be...

Parenting Consultant (PC)

A Parenting Consultant (PC) is a neutral third party who is hired by a contract to help advocate for the best interests of children in a custody case. Both parents must agree to the hiring of a parenting consultant, and then the court can order the appointment of a...

Grandparent Visitation Rights

Minnesota does recognize the rights of grandparents to visit with their grandchildren. When there are situations in which a grandparent's own child is dead or absent or has their own parenting time restricted, or even if the grandparent and their child are simply...

Reasons Mediation May Not Be the Answer

Mediation is a great alternative to completing a divorce proceeding without having to attend court, however it is not right for all people and their situations. Below is a list of reasons why mediation may not be right for you: One or both parties have unrealistic...

Refusal to Close in a Real Estate Transaction

A real estate transaction has multiple steps when your lawyer may be providing services for you.  The first instance is when negotiating the terms of the purchase agreement.  Once a purchase agreement is executed, your attorney may assist you during the due diligence...

Recognition of Parentage

If the parents of a child were never married, the mother has sole legal and physical custody until a court order says otherwise. It is presumed that the mother is the parent of a child, but unless the father and mother are married, there is no presumption for the...

What is a Power of Attorney?

A power of attorney is a legal document that authorizes another person to act on your behalf. The actions the appointed person can make vary from real property transactions to banking transactions to business operation transactions. A power of attorney is established...

Have a contract you need an attorney to review?

Entering into a contract is a part of life, as you enter into a contract whenever you provide/receive goods or services in exchange for compensation, regardless of whether the agreement is in writing or not. Having a contract in writing can certainly help clear up...

Do you have your affairs in order?

Do you have a will? Do you know that having a will doesn't guarantee your estate won't have to go through probate? Having a will is definitely an important step in estate planning, and if your assets must go through probate, it can help speed up the probate process....

Adultery and Divorce in Minnesota

Minnesota is a "no-fault" divorce state, which means if you or your spouse believe that your marriage is irretrievably broken (meaning, so badly damaged that it can't be saved), and the judge agrees, then the court will issue a divorce order. There's no need to get...

Do You Have A Prenuptial Agreement?

Are you getting married and wanting to know about a prenuptial agreement? Or are you already married and would like information about a postnuptial agreement? Either agreement is a good way to help keep any break in the marriage as clean as possible in regards to...

MN Adverse Possession Laws

What is Adverse Possession? An individual who openly inhabits a property that he or she does not actually own and makes improvements over a certain period of time may be granted legal title under the doctrine of "adverse possession." Technically, the waiting period...

Parenting Time Blunders

This week the MN Court of Appeals affirmed a district court's decision in 1) denying appellant's request for an evidentiary hearing, 2) modifying legal custody without an evidentiary hearing or adequate findings, and 3) restricting her parenting time without adequate...

All in the Family

This week the Minnesota Court of Appeals decided a case where a son sued his father because he fell out of a deer stand on his father’s property.  The son was deer hunting on the father’s land in Pine County, Minnesota.  A landowner’s duty of care and duty to warn...

Are your best interests protected?

Financial planning and after life planning is an important part of life. Whether you are looking at divorce, marriage, estate planning, etc., contact Ken Wasche to help you with your legal needs to make sure you are properly protected. "From 2007 to 2016, the...

Who is in the right?

On 4/5/17 the Minnesota Supreme Court overturned a Minnesota Court of Appeals case in favor of a pregnant job applicant.  In LaPoint v. Family Orthodontics, P.A., a pregnant women did not disclose her pregnancy during an initial job interview.  The woman was offered...

Top Mistakes with Real Estate in Divorce

The entire divorce process is difficult, but the real estate aspect can raise some serious questions or issues. 1. Not listing the real estate in the Summons and Petition. This might prevent you from getting a divorce, might prevent you from selling the property until...

Do you need a will?

First things first, a will is a legal document allowing you to transfer property at your death. It's a way to ensure your money, property, and personal belongings are distributed as you wish after your death. Although the law does not require anyone to have a will,...

Real Estate Ends on a Good Note for 2016

2016 was a year for the record books in the real estate industry. Closed sales hit a high for the past 11 years, and median sales reached an all-time high. There's a good competitive real estate market with days on the market falling to a 10 year low, which is great...

What happens to Keepsakes During a Divorce

Divorce is a stressful event for everyone to have to go through. Unfortunately, an added stressor to divorce is how to handle splitting up items of special meaning such as specific memorabilia or family keepsakes. When addressing this issue, be sure to organize a list...

Spooky Changes for Probate?

Spooky Changes for Probate?

When in probate, have you ever thought of having a medium help in settling disputes and getting a very different perspective? Gerry Beyer summarized an article recently published by C. Lily Schurra regarding psychic mediums role in probate law. "The goal of this...

Minnesota Cohabitation Law

Same as it ever was? Minnesota's (not so) new cohabitation law...   Not with a bang, but a whimper. Such is Minnesota's first brush with alimony reform. On August 1, 016, Minnesota's spousal maintenance law gained a newly-minted subdivision 6, providing a basis...

Thinking About Divorce?

Thinking About Divorce?

You've explored all your options... There are many emotions that can surround a divorce, yet for the most part, the process of a divorce itself is relatively simple and straight forward. Here are some steps to take if you are looking at divorce Keep good records - It...

Buying or Selling a House?

The Fair Housing Act Can a homeowner legally refuse to sell a home to a potential buyer? The Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, covers housing discrimination. This law prohibits housing discrimination by real estate firms and homeowners....

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