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Thank You-Furniture for Flood Families was a Success!

We would like to take a moment to thank everyone that made Furniture for Flood Families a success. Thank you to our partners: Madison East Center, Troy Volk and Volk Transfer, Inc., Paragon Printing, Mailing and Specialties, Redline Signworks, and Lime Valley Advertising. Thank you to all of the area churches, schools, and businesses that supported Furniture for Flood Families from beginning to end. Thank you to the students from Mankato West, Mankato East, and Loyola, who dedicated their Saturday to helping our neighbors. Thank you to our staff at FJLO who took this project head on and with great...
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Minnesota Employees Must Be Given Time Off for Voting

Election Day is right around the corner.  The Attorneys at Farrish Johnson Law Office want to remind everyone – employees and employers alike – that Minnesota law requires employers to give their employees reasonable time off for voting. Any employee who is eligible to vote has the right to be absent from work for the time necessary to go to the polling place, cast a ballot, and return to work, without penalty and without deduction from salary or wages because of the absence.  In other words, the employee may vote during the work day without being required to “punch out.” ...
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Undisclosed Wet Basement – What Can You Do?

The recent above average rainfall has resulted in a number of wet basements in southern Minnesota.  What are your options if you recently purchased a home and the prior owner did not disclose any trouble with a wet basement?  In Minnesota homeowners are required to provide certain disclosures to potential purchasers of their home.  The disclosure must include all material facts that the seller knows about that could adversely and significantly affect the use and enjoyment of the property.  If the seller knew about water intrusion issues and failed to disclose, then the buyer may have an actionable claim under...
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Local Event Aims to Provide Furniture for Area Flood Victims

MANKATO, Minn.— In response to the impact that heavy rains and flooding have had on residents of Waseca, St. Clair and other local communities, a group churches, schools and area businesses have to come together and established an event to help area flood victims.  The event, Furniture for Flood Families, is geared at soliciting donations of well-cared-for furniture to help those that have lost items to flood waters. According to one local organizer, Scott Kelly of the Farrish Johnson Law Office in Mankato, the event is focused on neighbors helping neighbors.  He said, “Some of these families have suffered significant...
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Farrish Johnson Law Office Hosts Reception for Justice Natalie Hudson

Today from 4pm to 5:30pm, Farrish Johnson Law Office will host a reception for Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Natalie Hudson.  Meet and hear from Justice Hudson ahead of the November 8 election and join friends and colleagues to support the reelection of Justice Hudson to the Minnesota Supreme Court. For more information about this special event, please contact Farrish Johnson Law Office at 507-625-2525.    

New Federal Overtime Rule is Fast Approaching

A new federal overtime rule goes into effect on December 1, 2016.  The rule raises the Fair Labor Standards Act salary threshold for those white-collar employees who are exempt from overtime from $455/week ($23,660) to $913/week ($47,476.00).  This means that an employee who makes less than $47,476.00 per year must be paid overtime. There are plenty of options to ensure compliance with this new rule.  For example, an employer can (1) raise the employee’s salary to the threshold to keep from paying overtime; (2) keep the employee’s salary the same but limit the employee’s hours to 40 hours per week;...
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Estate Taxes Still an Issue

With the federal estate tax beginning for estates in excess of $5.4 million, most families no longer concern themselves with avoiding the imposition of this tax.  However, Minnesota residences or non-residences with Minnesota property still face Minnesota taxes for estates that exceed $1.6 million.  Do not assume that estate planning is no longer necessary simply because of the size of the federal exemption. There are a number of planning opportunities for families to avoid or minimize Minnesota estate tax. For more information on Estate Taxes and Estate Planning, contact Steve Fink at Farrish Johnson Law Office. This webpage contains general...
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Farrish Johnson Law Offices Welcomes New Attorney

Farrish Johnson Law Office is pleased to announce the addition of our new attorney, Amy E. Sauter. She will be practicing exclusively in the areas of family law with Farrish Johnson. A Minnesota native and Minnesota State University, Mankato Alumna, Sauter brings additional legal capabilities to the greater Mankato Community. After receiving her law degree, Cum Laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Sauter returned to Minnesota where she practiced in private law for six years in the St. Cloud area. Sauter is looking to get involved in the Mankato area after previously being involved with WACOSA, the St. Cloud Municipal Band, the...
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Severance Agreement Review

Have you been presented with a severance agreement in conjunction with your termination from employment?  Also known as a termination agreement, a severance agreement can be a very detailed legal document setting forth a number of terms and conditions.  These terms and conditions can be confusing, complicated, and very restrictive.  For example, the severance agreement may include a non-compete agreement, prohibiting you from potential future job opportunities, or may include a release of any potential claims you have against the employer. If you have been presented with a severance agreement, it is critical to reach out to an attorney who...
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Limited Scope Representation.

Do you need an attorney but don’t think you can afford one?  Many law offices, including Farrish Johnson Law Office, offer options such as “limited scope representation” also known as “unbundled” legal services.  Limited scope representation allows a lawyer to provide legal services on a portion of a potential client’s legal matter rather than seeing the matter through from beginning to end.  The lawyer and the client agree on the specific tasks to be performed by the lawyer, and the tasks to be performed by the client.  Limited scope representation allows potential clients who cannot afford to pay for full...
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