Category: Business Law

My Legal Minute segments have returned to Minnesota Home Talk.  You can hear them every Saturday on 1500 ESPN at 7 a.m. and On Demand. We start with the question of when is it appropriate to use a limited liability …

Using LLCs To Own Investment Real Estate, Minnesota Home Talk Legal Minute Read More »

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  Introduction Minnesota’s cider industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Starting a cidery, however, can be a daunting task.  Besides purchasing equipment and supplies, owners also have to navigate the myriad of legal issues in this heavily regulated industry.   …

So You Want to Start Your Own Cidery?: Ten Key Legal Steps You Need to Take Read More »

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  One of my continuing frustrations as a business attorney is the availability of online forms and canned document services that purport to be able to provide the necessary structure and assistance to a small business owner. It is a …

When It Comes to Legal Matters, DIY = SOL Read More »

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  The Minnesota Revised Uniform Limited Liability Company Act, codified as Minnesota Statutes Chapter 322C, was passed by the 2014 Minnesota Legislature and signed into law by Governor Dayton on April 11, 2014.  The new Act became effective as of …

If You Have a Minnesota Limited Liability Company Formed Before August 1, 2015, You Need to Read This Read More »

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  Monday morning I made an impromptu call into the Justice & Drew show to discuss the plight of my beleaguered client, Dean Bigaouettte, owner and proprietor of Hot Rod’s Bar in St. Paul.  The discussion arose out of a …

What Do You Do When the City Comes for Your Business? Justice & Drew, April 24, 2017 #TCNT Read More »

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About a month ago, during an episode of The BS Show, host Bob Sansevere made reference to my blog.  I said to myself “oh that’s right; the blog.”  Suffice it to say it’s been awhile since I’ve posted…to be specific, …

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About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop -Elihu Root The Minnesota Vikings have the distinction of being one of the few professional sports teams to have …

The Art of Contract Negotiation aka Where Ragnar Went Wrong Read More »

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  A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document generally projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues.   Executive Summary   The executive summary is often …

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    NOTE: Through the course of representing over two dozen breweries in Minnesota and beyond, I’ve learned a little about what it takes to start a brewery.  No matter where you look in researching your plans, you will come …

Gap Financing for Breweries – Special Guest Post by Annie Deckert, Decklan Group Read More »

      On the June 8, 2014 edition of The Business Forum Show, Kevin Hunter and I discussed a unique method of selling your business to your employees; that is, via an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, or “ESOP” as …

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs): The Business Forum Show, June 8, 2014 Read More »