COVID-19: Re-opening of Bars & Restaurants

You have probably read or heard about Governor Walz’s announcement regarding the partial or phased re-opening of bars and restaurants.  Starting June 1, 2020, bars and restaurants will be allowed to serve sit down customers with certain restrictions, among other things.  So, what does that mean?  Here’s what you should know: 1. COVID-19 Preparedness Plan:… Read More

CBD and Hemp: What should I know?

CBD and hemp remain a hot topic in Minnesota and nationwide. We have received a lot of questions about CBD and the sale of CBD in C-stores. What is CBD? Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-intoxicating compound found in both hemp plants and marijuana plants. Hemp and marijuana come from the same species of cannabis, but… Read More

Meet Bill Strusinski: Lobbyist, Army Veteran, and Author of “Care Under Fire”

Bill is a highly distinguished, well respected senior lobbyist at the Minnesota state capitol with more than 40 years of lobbying experience. He has successfully advocated for his clients on numerous bills and legislation due to his knowledge, expertise, and personal relationships. Prior to lobbying, Bill served under three Minnesota state governors as the Deputy… Read More

Criminal Expungement & Sealing Records

Are you having difficulties obtaining employment, housing, loans or experiencing other hardships due to criminal background checks?  This article provides some background information on expungements, including whether you are eligible. What is an Expungement? An expungement is the sealing of criminal records and “prohibiting the disclosure of their existence or their opening except under court… Read More

COVID-19, the Workplace, & Unemployment

It is important to know your rights as an employee during this pandemic. You have several protections under federal and state laws. Sick LeaveIf you are allowed to take time off due to illness, you may also take time off to care for an ill child (minor or adult), spouse, sibling, parent, step-parent, in-laws, grandchild,… Read More

Can’t Pay Mortgage? Avoid Foreclosure with a Loan Modification

What is Loan Modification? Loan modification is a change made to the terms of an existing loan by a lender. It may involve lower interests rates, extended payback periods, forgiven debt, or a combination of relief to provide a (hopefully) more affordable payment. What are the Qualifications? Eligibility is based on your lender’s guidelines.  That… Read More

Guidance on Reopening Your Business: COVID-19

Executive Order 20-48Govenor Tim Walz recently signed Executive Order 20-48, which allows workers in “non-customer facing” industrial and office settings to return to work. The Order also allows “customer-facing” retail businesses to sell their goods through curbside or outside pick-up and delivery. However, workers in critical sectors and non-critical exempt businesses must continue to work from… Read More

The Importance of Having an Estate Plan

There was a lot of talk several years ago when Prince passed away without a will and without any significant estate planning. If you have anything of value to you in your life, including but not limited to: your children, your spouse, your business, family heirlooms, a family cabin, not to mention cash, stocks, life… Read More

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