Legal Minute®

Jeffrey O’Brien is the voice of the Legal Minute ® on Minnesota Home Talk, heard live on 1500 ESPN every Saturday at 7 am and on demand.

Minnesota Home Talk is your resource to the Twin Cities real estate market and will cover a variety of related topics that will prove educational, informative, and entertaining.

Jason Walgrave with The Minnesota Real Estate Team and RE/MAX Advantage Plus will provide the “insiders” perspective on topics that are headlining the news, and relevant to our listeners. Jason and his Team have developed an extensive network of industry specialists that will join the show to address specific topics each week.

Click below to listen to past editions of the Legal Minute ®.

Using Limited Liability Companies to Own Investment Real Estate

Quiet Title Actions and Proceedings Subsequent

Mechanics Liens

Life Estates

Transfer on Death Deed

The Law of Purchase Agreements: Offer and Acceptance

The Law of Purchase Agreements: Seller’s Remedies for Buyer’s Breach

Options to Purchase

Homeowners Association Basics

Littoral Rights and Riparian Rights

Basics of Residential Leases

Real Estate and Probate

What is an Easement?

Differentiating an Easement with a Lease or a License

Easement Appurtenant vs. Easement in Gross

How Easements Are Created

Does a Purchase Agreement Have to Be Cancelled?

Fraud Claims and Cancelled Contracts for Deed

What is an Equitable Mortgage?

Merger Doctrine

Real Estate and Bankruptcy: Bankruptcy Preferences

Real Estate and Bankruptcy: Earmarking

Real Estate and Bankruptcy: Problems with Recordings

Real Estate and Bankruptcy: Automatic Stay

Real Estate and Bankruptcy: Proofs of Claim

Commercial Lease Basics

Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments

Triple Net vs. Gross Lease

Subordination and Non-Disturbance Agreements (SNDAs)

Ground Leases

Revocable Trusts and Farm Property

Planning for Incapacity

Qualified Personal Residence Trusts (QPRTs)

Investing in Real Estate Through Your IRA

“Checkbook Control” LLC and Self-Directed IRAs

Self-Directed IRAs and Prohibited Transactions

Section 1031 Exchanges

Snowmobiling and Property Rights

Arbitration Agreements in Purchase Agreements, Part One

Arbitration Agreements in Purchase Agreements, Part Two

Real Estate Issues Involved with Marijuana Legalization

Mineral Rights Under Minnesota Law

Revised “All Appropriate Inquiries” Rule


Hunting Land Leases

Contracts for Deed

Installment Sales of Real Estate

Residential Property Disclosure Statements

Earnest Money

Homestead Exemption from Judgments

Minnesota Usury Law

Acceptance of Part Payment of Rent

Residential Property Disclosure Requirements

Truth-In-Housing Laws

Minnesota Radon Awareness Act

Well Disclosure Certificate

Purchase Agreement Cancellations Under the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act

Dealing with Encroachments

Homeowners’ Legal Rights Regarding Storm Damage Claims

The Importance of Hiring a Licensed Contractor

Adverse Possession

Methamphetamine Disclosure Statement

Statutory New Home Construction Warranties

Types of Deeds

Types of Ownership

Types of Foreclosure

Estate Planning for Real Estate Owners with FLPs

Vacation Homes (Fractional Ownership and Time Shares)

Foreclosure Redemption



Legal Descriptions

Deferring Taxes on Real Estate Sales: Sale of a Primary Residence

Dealing With Neighbor Disputes

Comprehensive Plans

Eminent Domain


ALTA Surveys

Domestic Asset Protection Trusts

Constitutional Lien

Non-Recourse Loans

REO Property

The Patriot Act and Real Estate Transactions

Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Due on Sale Clauses

Foreclosure Reconveyance Transactions

Securities Issues

Dealing With Judgments

Wisconsin Foreclosure Law

Purchasing Wisconsin Lakeshore Property: Access and Water Quality Issues

Purchasing Wisconsin Lakeshore Property: Land Use and Zoning Issues

Wisconsin Community Property Issues

Property Tax Appeals

Ownership of Beds of Navigable Lakes and Waters

Meandered and Non-Meandered Waters


Dealing with the Family Cabin

Subdivision Regulations

Planning and Zoning Commissions


Contract for Deed Cancellations

Owner and Encumbrance Reports

Tax Legal Description vs. Full Legal Description

Post Closing Transfers to LLCs

Using a Single LLC vs. Multiple LLCs to Own Multiple Parcels of Real Estate

Riparian Owner Rights and Duties

Selective Enforcement of Covenants

Agency Relationships and Fiduciary Obligations

New HUD Guidelines Related to Fair Housing Act

Can Landlords Be Held Liable for Injuries To Tenants and Their Guests?


Campaign Signs and Activities in Homeowners Associations

What is a Purchase Agreement?

How is a Purchase Agreement Created?

Must a Purchase Agreement Comply With the Statute of Frauds?

Should Representations and Warranties Be Included in a Purchase Agreement?

What Happens if Either Party to a Purchase Agreement Defaults?

What Are Some Important Considerations in Identifying the Proper Tenant Entity in a Commercial Lease?

What is the Difference Between a Right of First Offer and a Right of First Refusal Regarding Leasing of Additional Space?

Enforcement of Prohibited Use Clauses and “Rogue” Tenants

What Are the Primary Statutes Covering Environmental Conditions at Minnesota Properties?

What Resources Are Available for Environmental Cleanup in Minnesota?