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Free Estate Planning Seminar

Join us on Thursday, March 14 at 10 am at the Madelia Library for a FREE seminar on estate planning! We will discuss the following topics: Wills Trusts Probate vs. Non-Probate Healthcare Directives Transfer on Death Deeds  Estate Tax Planning Solutions Charitable Gift Planning Medical Assistance Minnesota Farm Estate Tax Exception And More! Refreshments will be provided.  This event is open to the public.  Invite your friends! CALL 507-625-2525 TO RSVP TODAY! See you at the Library on March 14!  

Minnesota legislature to address sexual harassment standard in the workplace

Many Minnesotans find themselves victims of sexual harassment in the workplace, but powerless to stop it. Generally, there are two types of sexual harassment claims: “quid pro quo” and “hostile work environment.” In the quid pro quo situation, an employee must show that submission to unwelcome advances was conditioned on receiving job benefits, or perhaps that refusal to submit to such advances resulted in some kind of adverse job action. The second type of claim arises in the hostile work environment situation. This is where an employee is subject to lewd comments or jokes, repeated requests for dates or favors,...
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Can I be fired for that? “At will” employment and the myth of wrongful termination

The term “wrongful termination” is kind of a misnomer. Most employment in Minnesota is considered “at will” which means an employee can be terminated at any time for just about any reason – or even no reason at all. The catch, however, is that employment cannot be terminated for “illegal” reasons. An illegal reason includes: termination based on a protected class status (i.e., race, gender, religion, disability, age); termination for reporting a violation of law (whistleblowing); termination for filing a work comp case; termination in violation of contractual terms. It may be “wrong” to terminate employment because you showed up...
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Farrish Johnson Law Office Announces Merger

MANKATO, Minn. — Farrish Johnson Law Office of Mankato, MN, and Brandt Law Office of St. Peter, MN, are pleased to announce the merger of the two firms effective on February 1, 2019. The combined firm will practice under the Farrish Johnson Law Office name. The firms have highly complementary practice areas and, with this merger, the attorneys from both firms will be able to provide greater legal assistance and expertise to individuals, families and businesses across southern Minnesota. Farrish Johnson Law Office will retain office locations in Mankato, Madelia and St. Peter. The attorneys and support staff at each...
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Presumed Guilty: Issuing a Dishonored Check

About 4 in 5 Americans live paycheck to paycheck, just one financial mishap from potential disaster. In Minnesota, that disaster can include criminal liability. When Minnesotans issue a check to a government agency, from their local county license center to the Department of Revenue, they can expect prosecution if the check bounces. And even if it was an accident, the current state of the law will presume they are guilty, potentially of a felony. Under Minnesota Statutes Section 609.535, a person who intentionally issues a check that later bounces is guilty of a felony if the check was more than...
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Witness to History: Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Wishing you and yours a prosperous 2019!    

Witness to History: Season’s Greetings

The attorneys and staff of Farrish Johnson Law Office wish you and yours every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.

Witness to History: 1990

In 1990 the Hubble Space Telescope was launched into low Earth orbit. The telescope has contributed to a great deal of research, including that on dark matter, black holes, and the birth and death of stars. That same year Charlotte Farrish retired after practicing law for over 60 years. In a legal community comprised of predominantly male attorneys, she was distinguished by her knowledge of the law, legal abilities and dedication to her clients. Hubble Space Telescope The crew of the US space shuttle Discovery placed the Hubble Space Telescope, a long-term space-based observatory, into a low orbit around earth....
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Witness to History: 2012

In 2012 the Kiwanis Holiday Lights event began and has since continued to grow. The event now displays over 1.5 million LED lights and numerous winter activities that draw people from all over to Mankato. That same year, Dan Bellig was first selected for inclusion on the Minnesota Rising Stars list, published by Super Lawyers®, a Thomas Reuters business. He has received the honor every year since. Kiwanis Holiday Lights The Kiwanis Holiday Lights were established in 2012 by members of the Mankato Downtown Kiwanis Club.  Its mission is to create a celebration of holiday lights for the Greater Mankato...
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Witness to History: 2017

In 2017 Mankato was named the 2nd best college town in the United States by Schools.com, “not only because of the amenities it offers to current students but also for its job potential after graduation.” Also in 2017, Christopher DeLong, Farrish Johnson Law Office’s newest attorney, graduated from New York Law School. Best College Town Schools.com ranked the city of Mankato number 2 on a list of the 25 best college towns in America. They gathered data on more than 170 medium-sized and small college towns, focusing on those with populations of fewer than 150,000 residents. Statistics analyzed included walkability,...
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