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COVID-19 Virus Concerns Trigger Estate Planning Questions

Do I need a living will or healthcare directive? Should I have a power of attorney in place? Does my will or trust need to be updated? These are some of the questions people are asking in the wake of growing concerns over the COVID-19 outbreak. Changes in the size and nature of your estate, your familial structure and family relations, as well as changes in the law are just few examples of events that can drastically and materially affect an outdated comprehensive estate plan. Under normal circumstances, these concerns are not top of the mind. But a global health...
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Seven Guidelines for Parents Who Are Divorce/Separated and Sharing Custody of Children During the COVID19 Pandemic

Leaders from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) and AFCC have released guidelines for coparenting during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seven Guidelines for Parents Who Are Divorce/Separated and Sharing Custody of Children During the COVID19 Pandemic 1. BE HEALTHY. Comply with all CDC and local and state guidelines and model good behavior for your children with intensive hand washing, wiping down surfaces and other objects that are frequently touched, and maintaining social distancing. This also means BE INFORMED. Stay in touch with the most reliable media sources and avoid the rumor mill on social media. 2. BE MINDFUL. Be honest...
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What is the Minnesota Fathers’ Adoption Registry?

When a child is born during a marriage, the mother and father are both listed on the child’s birth certificate. However, when a child is born to two unwed parents, the Minnesota Fathers’ Adoption Registry will likely come into play. The Minnesota Fathers’ Adoption Registry is run by the Minnesota Department of Health, and it is for fathers who: • Were not married to the mother of their presumed child when the child was born; and • Have not asked a court to name them as a child’s legal father OR • Have not signed a Recognition of Parentage form...
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New Child-Focused Parenting Time Guide Highlights Parenting Time Considerations for Children of All Developmental Stages

In August 2019, the Minnesota Judicial Branch published the “Child-Focused Parenting Time Guide.” The Child-Focused Parenting Time Guide (“Guide”) was prepared by the Minnesota State Court Administrator’s Advisory Committee on Child-Focused Parenting Time. This new Guide serves to update the “Parental Guide to Making Child-Focused Parenting Time Decisions,” which was originally published in January 1999, and updated again in January 2001. Since the older guide was originally published, there has been new information and developments regarding child development and parenting time. Based upon this new information, the State Court Administrator’s Office created an Advisory Committee on Child-Focused Parenting Time for...
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Structured Settlements

Structured settlements may provide financial security, particularly with an injury to a minor. A structured settlement provides an option for periodic payments, rather than a lump sum payment where you receive the full amount. Structures are utilized within personal injury claims on occasion and are more commonly used when there is an injury to a minor. Structured settlements are governed by Minnesota Statutes (MN Stat §549.30). In a structured settlement, the Plaintiff agrees to resolve a personal injury claim by receiving part or all of the settlement in the form of periodic payments, on an agreed schedule, rather than in...
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Contesting a Will

A will is an official legal document. Simply disliking the results of a will is not enough to justify a valid challenge to a will. Wills can be contested for a variety valid reasons including mental incapacity, undue influence, fraud, duress, and improper witnessing. Grounds for contesting a will. 1. Lacking Capacity The person who created the will did not have the testamentary capacity. If the testator is suffering from a serious mental impairment at the time the will was created, there may be a valid argument for contesting it. The test is to determine whether the person fully understood...
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Career Opportunities at Farrish Johnson Law Office

Farrish Johnson Law Office is a growing, well-respected, and award-winning law firm based in Mankato, Minnesota.  Established in 1893, it is the 10th oldest firm in Minnesota.  A full service firm with 14 areas of practice, Farrish Johnson is dedicated to providing clients with quality legal services and serving them with professional reliability and high ethical standards. Farrish Johnson offers competitive compensation and benefits, a comfortable and contemporary office, and engaging opportunities for professional growth. See more information below for current employment opportunities: ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY – FAMILY LAW AND EMPLOYMENT LAW – Mankato, MN: Farrish Johnson Law Office is a seven-attorney law firm...
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50+ Lifestyle Expo–TODAY!

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It’s April 2019…Do You Know What Your Estate Plan Is?

As the Spring Season enters full swing, it is a good time to do spring cleaning, to plant the garden and trim the bushes, to address home improvement projects that have been neglected, and for many, to dust off their Estate Planning Documents for a regular review. The average person’s financial, familial and legal circumstances are constantly in flux. Over time, these changes can call for the need to revisit and potentially revise one’s estate plan. Changes in the size and nature of your estate, your familial structure and family relations, as well as changes in the law are just...
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Elder Abuse Continues to be a Problem in Minnesota

Instances of physical abuse and neglect, as well as financial abuse and exploitation of Minnesota’s communities of elderly and vulnerable adults continue to prevail. Whether it be assisted living or nursing home staff, in-home caregivers, or family members charged with the physical and financial care of elderly and vulnerable adults, it is thought that as many 1 in 10 American’s over the age of 60 can experience some form of elder abuse during their lifetime. This high number is largely based on the statistic that only about 1 in every 14 cases of elder abuse are actually reported. According to...
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