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It can be worrying when your aging parents don’t communicate about their financial status. Each time the topic of retirement comes up, they try to avoid it. You get the strong feeling that they aren’t at all prepared financially to face all the expenses that come when you reach your retirement years.  Help keep your parent’s independence As your parents age, they may well begin to experience cognitive- and mobility issues. It can affect their daily lives so much that they can become depressed. They don’t want to have to rely on others to do things for them. It’s why Scooters ‘N Chairs is like a lifeline thrown to you. Visit https://www.scootersnchairs.com/blogs/electric-wheelchairs/best-power-wheelchairs ...
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A senior care home is a place that should be warm, loving, and safe for senior citizens and in many of these establishments, that is true. Unfortunately, not all nursing homes are known for being the caring spaces that our aging parents need, which can lead to them getting injured. Sometimes it may not be that the staff isn’t administering proper care but that the facility itself is not built in a way that can reduce the chances of injury. So if your parents ever get injured in a nursing home, you need to know how to protect them, here’s how you can do that. File a complaint The good news about filing a complaint against a nursing home is that it ...
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It’s no surprise that a presidential election as bitterly fought as last November’s should also yield a lot of litigation—and a striking volume of complaints from lawyers regarding the conduct of other lawyers. Although many lawyers were involved in the electoral challenges, the spotlight here is on complaints regarding four prominent lawyers. Thousands of law students and lawyers signed a petition to disbar U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley for his objections to certified presidential election results. 1   Hawley was the first member of the Senate to announce he would object on January 6 to certification of electoral college results.  The Lawyers Defending American ...
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The Railroad Retirement Act of 1937 (“RRA”) established a retirement plan for eligible railroad workers based on their years of creditable service and earnings. Although the plan benefits consist of several parts, such as tier I, tier II, vested dual benefits, and supplemental annuities, this blog will provide an overview of the main components of the RRA plan. Background The three primary components of railroad plans administered by the U.S. Railroad Retirement Board (“RRB”) are tier I, tier II, and disability benefits. Tier I benefits are similar to the social security benefits received by non-railroad workers. These benefits are comprised of both railroad ...
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Avoiding The Debt Trap

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Living within your means is not as straightforward as it sounds. Even the most self-disciplined individuals can make poor choices that leave them in debt.  The main challenge is ensuring that you'll pay it back later and not be tempted to seek further credit. This article will point out ways to avoid getting caught in the debt trap. It will also highlight common habits that cause us to incur debt and manageable repayment methods.  What Is The Trap? A debt trap means that your credit is too high to manage.  This can either be due to interest rates, too much credit, or irresponsible lending.  Some people exacerbate the problem by applying ...
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One of the strongest tools in the hands of any individual is the power to understand a new situation. Mock trials teach us how best to respond to the stress and energy of a courtroom. Whether you’re a student or caught in legal turbulence, it’s always useful to have some level of preparation provided by these trials. High School Vs. Legal A high school mock trial , such as the ones provided by the Minnesota State Bar Association, or MSBA, is a little different from a mock trial in a legitimate legal setting. High school mock trials are less serious than the average mock trial and geared towards teaching the general idea of how court trials function. ...
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When you have a car crash, how you immediately respond can impact if you get fair compensation for your damages. After an accident, you can make some mistakes that prevent you from receiving recovery support from the insurance provider.  It's crucial to understand both what steps you should take after an accident, and mistakes to avoid because they influence the outcome. No one ever wants to plan for what they'd do in case of a car accident, but it's always best to be informed. You can start by reaching a car accident lawyer to ask for their guidance. They can tell you  what you shouldn't do in the aftermath of a car crash .  You neglect to call the ...
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LA Lawyers mention the many different roles attorneys have, ranging from  IRS audits and tax issues to personal injury claims and truck/vehicle accidents. They provide a bevy of services to a wide range of clients.  If you think you may receive an audit regarding business’ taxes, it’s best to prepare and seek professional assistance; that means looking for a lawyer or certified public accountant.  When to Get a Tax Lawyer Taxes are time-consuming, and many people complicate them. That’s why you should know when to get a lawyer or certified professional to help you if you receive a tax audit. They can help you determine whether your case will require ...
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BAP Affirms Confirmed Chapter 12 Plan and Affirms Relief From Stay Based on “Drop Dead” Provision MSBA Bankruptcy Bulletin Contributing Editors: Karl Johnson and Kesha Tanabe             In Brooks v First Central Bank McCook (In re Brooks) , No. 20-6014 (B.A.P. 8th Cir. Nov. 25, 2020), the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel held that the Bankruptcy Court did not abuse its discretion by granting relief from the automatic stay when the debtor failed to fulfill his obligations under a confirmed plan that provided for relief from stay as a remedy upon default. The debtor acknowledged that he did not make all the payments due under the plan, and the plan did in fact ...
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COVID-19, also known as the coronavirus, has had a marked impact on virtually all aspects of life in Minnesota. It has led to significant unemployment, financial hardship, and a number of fatalities. As with other states, the pandemic has also had an impact on arrests and convictions – particularly for the offense of driving while intoxicated. Like with many other states, the number of DWI arrests in Minnesota dropped dramatically once efforts to combat the virus went into place. However, this drop has not been steady or uniform across the months that followed. There are a number of factors that have led this steep drop in DWI-related arrests. Stay at home ...
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Qualified domestic relations and similar orders frequently create confusion for divorce practitioners. The reasons for this are many, but the confusion commonly stems from the reconciliation of state and federal law, that QDROs are financially intensive, and that each plan is different. The following practice management tips are intended to aid in demystifying some often overlooked QDRO matters while giving you additional tools to turn to when you are advising your clients. 1. Distribution Timing. The plan document will determine when distributions can be made from the plan, and neither the settlement agreement nor the state court can modify these timelines. ...
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The federal penal population is among the highest globally, roughly 2.2 million adults- this means just under a quarter of the   global prison population   is breathing life in the US prison facilities. This statement goes directly against the country's justice authority's sentiment, who champion the idea of reducing their incarceration rate.  A broader gaze on the narrative will tell us that 1 in every 100 American citizens is doing time behind bars. This is remarkably higher than Europe and the rest of the world. Criminologists and former government officials have admitted the system has crossed the line where incarceration can be justified for social ...
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As commercial leases are for a lengthy time period and have monetary implications if a contract terminates early, subleasing to another business may make good sense.  If you decide to sublease for your business, you do not lease the premises from the original owner but from another individual or entity who leases from the owner. There are various risks and benefits when it comes to commercial subleases.  Include terms in the contract that meet your needs As a sublessee, you need to make sure that your commercial sublease agreement protects you. For example, you may want to include the right to pay the landlord rent directly if the sublessor defaults. ...
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A personal injury claim occurs where actions of a third party cause injury and damage to the plaintiff. If you encounter an injury caused by an adverse party, it is important for you to be fairly rewarded.  When you are ready to file a personal injury claim, ensure all prerequisites of winning the case are properly set to get proper and just compensation. Take a look at these five ways you can succeed in your personal injury case. Get you a top-notch personal injury claim attorney Some personal injury claims may be simple and straightforward, hence precluding the need for an attorney and save on legal fees. This sounds good but this area of law is wide ...
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In 2020, fewer individuals were injured at the workplace, which is mostly due to the break from activity caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Nonetheless, the number of work-related injuries still remains high. Roughly 4,996 incidents occurred between January and June. If you’re one of the few unlucky injured on the job, you must seek justice. The employer must pay for the injury regardless of fault. You may have been informed that the only compensation you can seek comes from your boss’ workers' compensation insurance. Just so you know, in some cases, it’s possible to sue for damages caused by the injury you’ve sustained. A personal   injury lawyer   can ...
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Are you wondering if you should hire a personal injury lawyer? If you've been in an accident and it was someone else's fault, you can receive monetary compensation. But as you already know, you cannot expect the insurer to be fair and offer you the money without trying to say you were also to blame. They don't make a profit by providing all victims money. When you get in touch with them, pay attention to what you say when they take your statement because they're motivated to stop you from filing a lawsuit. It's similar to the cops reading your Miranda rights, "everything you say can and will be used against you". Also, don't write or sign anything because you ...
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[Originally published in Minnesota Lawyer, November 24, 2020] The ABA has recently issued two formal opinions on when the personal relationships of judges and lawyers raise ethics issues that may require disclosure, consent, or disqualification. The opinions are in many ways instructive and in some ways flawed. For judges, Opinion 488 (2019) examines relationships with both counsel and parties. For lawyers, Opinion 494 (2020) analyzes relationships with opposing counsel. Both opinions classify relationships under examination as “friendships,” or “acquaintanceships.” Op. 488 also examines “close personal relationships” and Op. 494 uses the somewhat similar ...
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[Originally published in Minnesota Lawyer, December 8, 2020] ] What arrangements should a trial lawyer make for note-taking when interviewing a potential key witness? What consequences will the lawyer face for not making the best arrangements? Surprisingly, the Office of Lawyers Responsibility (OLPR), the Minnesota Supreme Court, and the Hennepin County District Court have recently given four answers to these questions, three of which are wrong. Rule 3.7(a), R. Prof. Conduct, creates the main framework for structuring proper arrangements. The Rule provides, “A lawyer shall not act as advocate at a trial in which the lawyer is likely to be a necessary witness ...
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Are you the type of person who prefers to do your research when shopping for protection? If you are, you’ll probably have come across the terms ‘agent’ and ‘broker.’ They’re both licensed professionals who mediate between insurers and policyholders. The main difference is that the former usually acts for more than one company, while the other represents you. With tens of thousands of insurance brokerages in Canada and more than   400,000 agencies and brokerages   in the United States, it’s not an easy task when selecting someone to advise you on your policy needs.  You’d probably consider finding a broker since they work for you. You can do ...
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Most of us know that if you ever suffer physical or mental damages due to an accident that’s caused by another party, then you can seek legal compensation.  But, most people don’t know under what conditions they are entitled to such compensation and when to hire a personal injury lawyer. Read on to find out some of the most common types of accidents that personal injury lawyers handle for their clients. As you’ll soon see, these attorneys cover a wide range of cases.  Below we’re going to outline the kind of cases that personal injury lawyers handle on a daily basis:  Car Accidents Car accidents happen all the time unfortunately which means that ...
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