April 25, 2020

For Lawyers

When you file a motion in court, one of the documents usually required is a Memorandum of Law (also known as Memorandum of Law in Support of the Motion). Your Memorandum of Law is where your legal arguments are located. This is where your persuasive skills are applied. Thus, it is important to know how

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November 20, 2019

For Lawyers

You may want to have your spouse present when meeting with an attorney. In those meetings, are your communications privileged? In short, it’s not clear. First, the law is not settled in many states. Second, it depends on which state’s law applies. Minnesota For example, in one case in Minnesota, the Minnesota Supreme Court held

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November 7, 2019

For Lawyers

Like most states, Minnesota law requires an “expert affidavit” as part of bringing a malpractice lawsuit against an attorney. This is simply a written statement under oath that at least one other attorney (“expert”) believes the case has a good faith basis. The purpose behind this law is simple: this requirement is designed to prevent

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September 20, 2019

For Lawyers

Lawyers encounter a wide variety of scenarios with a conflict of interest. Lawyers often struggle with the ethical way to respond. Fortunately, there is an outstanding, free resource available to attorneys seeking guidance on conflict of interests: Freivogel on Conflicts: A Guide to Conflicts of Interest for Lawyers. This is invaluable guidance for lawyers facing ethical

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July 31, 2019

For Lawyers

Under Rule 5.04 of the Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure, a lawsuit not filed in court within one year is dismissed with prejudice, which means with finality: Any action that is not filed with the court within one year of commencement against any party is deemed dismissed with prejudice against all parties unless the parties

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