Unmarried Owners of Real Property: Don’t Neglect This Important Step.

Many unmarried couples choose to live together before getting married, or as an alternative to marriage. What these couples often don’t realize is that they lack important legal protections that the law gives to married couples. However, couples can create similar protections and property rights by signing a co-ownership contract. A co-ownership contract is very… Read more »

Appeal Win for Client in Dispute Regarding Land Development in Lake Elmo.

On February 20, 2018, Dudley and Smith, P.A. attorneys Chris Boline and Joseph Dudley secured a land use victory for their client, LeRoy J. Rossow, Jr., after the Minnesota Supreme Court denied Lake Elmo’s petition asking the Court to review the Court of Appeals decision in favor of Rossow. Background Facts Rossow owns ten acres of… Read more »

How to Remove an Unwanted Guest from your Home in Minnesota

Many are familiar with the “Minnesota nice” stereotype that was long ago coined to describe the demeanor of Minnesotans. With hats, t-shirts, and movies highlighting this slogan, it is fair to say that Minnesotans are proud of this portrayal. Regardless of the truth of this aphorism, you could find yourself in a bind if your… Read more »

Undisclosed conditions in a Home Purchase and Arbitration Proceedings

Question: Have you either purchased or sold a home in which there is an issue about the condition about property?  It is not uncommon for an issue of undisclosed defects in the condition of the property to arise. Minnesota law generally requires a seller of residential real property to make a written disclosure to a… Read more »

Property Tax Appeals

       What can you do if you disagree how the county has valued or classified your property? First, you may contact your assessor to attempt to resolve your issue. If you are unable to resolve the issue then you may appeal to the Local Board of Appeal and Equalization or attend an Open Book meeting… Read more »

Minnesota Construction Law – Builder’s Right to Inspect, Offer to Repair, and Pre-Suit Mediation

In a prior post titled What Type of Claims May be Brought Under Minnesota’s Construction Defect Warranty Statute, we discussed the types of statutory construction defect warranties that protect homeowners from shoddy building or remodeling and the notice requirements that homeowners must provide to their builders. We also reviewed several exclusions that serve to shield… Read more »