White Bear Lake Attorneys:
1310 East Highway 96
Suite 109, Birch Lake Professional Building
White Bear Lake, MN, 55110
Tel: (651) 291-1717
9140 Baltimore Street NE
Suite 140, Office# 1407
Blaine, Minnesota, 55449
Tel: (651) 291-1717
White Bear Lake Attorneys
The White Bear Lake Attorneys at Dudley & Smith we take pride in our storied history of first class professional legal services. We are White Bear Lake’s most trusted law firm.
Dudley and Smith, P.A. is a White Bear Lake law firm practicing in most areas of law and serving clients across Minnesota and Wisconsin. Our firm has experienced White Bear Lake Attorneys with extensive experience in many topics, and we have clients that go back many years, since our founding in 1952. We are committed to your case or situation.
Dudley and Smith, P.A. represents individuals and businesses in all aspects of life. Among our topic areas are consumer issues, real estate, family law, wills and estates, financial distress, bankruptcy, business law, criminal law, personal injury, administrative law and litigation. Our fees are competitive and fair.
Dudley and Smith, P.A. knows the court system and has appeared in courts for years. Our White Bear Lake Attorneys practice in all Minnesota courts, both state courts and the federal court. We also appear in the Wisconsin State Courts and in the federal court in the Western District of Wisconsin.
Dudley and Smith, P.A. believes in justice and will help you attain it. We operate with the firm belief that your case is special. Please contact us to serve you.
Focusing on, but not limited to the following areas of legal practice:
Although many disputes can be resolved without going to trial, the civil litigators at Dudley and Smith, P.A. have years of successful courtroom experience in representing individuals and businesses in a variety of litigation matters. From the conception of your case, the civil litigators at Dudley and Smith, P.A. work arduously to develop a trial strategy that encompasses the clients immediate and future goals. We work together with clients to ensure that they understand the litigation process and the costs and options involved. While we have a strong history of trial success at Dudley and Smith, P.A., an informed client is always happier than one that was left in the dark, regardless of the outcome.
Civil litigation involves much more than filing motions and arguing in front of a judge or jury. Litigated matters often proceed to mediation or arbitration before trial. We have had complex civil cases settle on the eve of trial. Sometimes, settlement cannot be reached by the conflicting parties and litigation may be the best way to achieve the client’s ultimate outcome. Our attorneys at Dudley and Smith, P.A. have the tenacity and attention to detail that you want in a trial lawyer.
As a full service law firm, the experienced civil litigators at Dudley and Smith, P.A. can assist you in assessing your legal options to determine if litigation is the optimal course of action in your case.
Why would I need a White Bear Lake Personal Injury Attorney? It can happen in an instant but impact the rest of your life – a personal injury can result in financial, physical and emotional suffering for you and your family. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured due to the negligence, carelessness, or wrongdoing of someone else, then contact a White Bear Lake Personal Injury Attorney at Dudley and Smith, P.A., a highly qualified personal injury law firm based in White Bear Lake.
As White Bear Lake Personal Injury Attorneys We’ve Been Helping Clients Since 1952
As White Bear Lake Personal Injury Attorneys, we represent clients that have sustained a serious injury, illness or whose family members are victims of wrongful death. Whether the accident was caused by the negligence of an individual, or the lack of care by a company or institution, you may have the right to compensation for your damages.
Do you have a Case? Contact Our White Bear Lake Personal Injury Attorneys Today
Personal injuries include any serious injury to your body. Some injuries result in strains, sprains and pain while other result in brain damage, permanent disability, disfigurement, or paralysis. These injuries can occur on the road, at home, or on the job. The bottom line is this: if the accident was caused by the negligence of someone else, you may have a case. Contact a White Bear Lake Personal Injury Attorney at Dudley & Smith today. Our law firm handles all personal injury cases including:
- Our law firm handles all personal injury cases including:
- Minnesota Car Accident Attorneys
- Minnesota Wrongful Death Attorneys
- Minnesota Child Injury Attorneys
- Minnesota Negligent Driver Attorneys
- Minnesota Rollover Accident Attorneys
- Minnesota Farm Accident Attorneys
- Minnesota Semi Truck Accident Attorneys
- Minnesota Bus Accident Attorneys
- Minnesota Construction Accident Attorneys
- Minnesota School Bus Accident Attorneys
- Minnesota Watercraft Injury Attorneys
- Minnesota Slip and Fall Attorneys
- Minnesota Bike Injury Attorneys
- Minnesota Homeowner Liability Attorneys
- Minnesota Motorcycle Accident Attorneys
- Minnesota Premise Liability Attorneys
- Minnesota Sexual Abuse Attorneys
- Minnesota Burn and Explosion Attorneys
- Minnesota Product Liability Attorneys
Business, corporate and commercial litigation encompass a wide range of topics and legal disputes. From standard contracts to mergers and acquisitions, White Bear Lake-based Dudley and Smith, P.A. are Minnesota business law experts and have the experience and the tenacity to help you and your business through it all.
A Law Firm You Can Trust
Dudley and Smith, P.A. has been helping clients across Minnesota and Wisconsin since 1952, handling business transactions and legal disputes that business owners are often faced with. We provide comprehensive and practical legal advice to ensure that your business runs smoothly. Let Dudley and Smith, P.A. be your advocate and your legal negotiator. Our wide range of commercial litigation and transactional services include:
- Business agreements
- Breach of contract
- Business structures
- Building and construction law
- Commercial law
- Real estate and lease transactions
- Family business disputes
- Shareholder/partnership disputes
- Employment law
- Insurance law
- Professional negligence
- License agreements
- Selling, trading and merger acquisitions
- Pension and payroll disputes
- Advisory and compliance issues
- Industrial/workplace relations
- Environmental conflicts
- Occupational health and safety disputes
Flexible and Innovative Legal Advice
From the inception to the sale or liquidation of a business, our business attorneys represent clients in Minnesota and Wisconsin throughout the life cycle of a business. As a full service law firm, Dudley and Smith, P.A. can provide your business the legal advice it needs as our attorneys in multiple practice areas offer a broad range of legal knowledge to your case.
In addition, our attorneys are cognizant of the costs of litigating business disputes and work directly with the client to achieve their objectives while keeping our fees reasonable. Our business attorneys have achieved successful results for business clients without the need to take your matter to trial by engaging in alternative dispute resolution such as mediation or arbitration.
If you received an unfavorable outcome at the district court, or you won and your opponent challenged that ruling, Dudley and Smith, P.A. has several business appeals attorneys ready and able to represent you at the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court.
A Perfect Business Partnership
Keeping a business running smoothly takes a lot of skill and effort. You need to control all aspects of your business from finances to employment, from stock-taking to marketing. Whether you are working on your own or employ 15,000 people, if there is ever something out of place, it’s important to have a commercial litigation attorney you can turn to.
At Dudley and Smith, P.A., it is our firm belief that an attorney must fully understand each client’s needs and interests. We take this belief to each and every case while representing every individual client’s dispute with the zeal it deserves. Whether you need a trial lawyer or some assistance with standard documentation and paperwork, we can help. Whether you are looking for short-term advice or are seeking a long-term litigation lawyer, we offer our dedication and directness to each and every client. Do not take risks with your business – we can offer you assistance with what you need to keep your company running smoothly and proficiently.
Commercial litigation can be complex. Joseph J. Dudley Jr. is an experienced business lawyer that can help you with all things pertaining to your business. Joseph J. Dudley Jr. received his law degree in 1977 and has been helping clients in Minnesota and Wisconsin with corporate, commercial litigation, franchising and transportation law for over 30 years. Trust the team at Dudley and Smith, P.A. when it comes to your business. Contact White Bear Lake-based law firm Dudley and Smith, P.A. today at 651-291-1717.
Christopher W. Boline is a business lawyer with experience in contract matters and closely held corporations. If you have a legal issue regarding your business, contact Dudley and Smith, P.A. at 651-291-1717.
Regardless of what family law issues you are currently going through, from divorce and separation to child custody and child support complications, Dudley and Smith, P.A. offers you the compassion and guidance to get through this challenging time. We have been helping families in Minnesota and Wisconsin overcome difficult and life-changing obstacles since 1952. We protect the rights of families – husbands, wives, partners, parents, children and anyone else involved. Let us be your guiding light through this dark and
Divorce can be one of the most stressful times in your life. No one goes into a marriage thinking it will end this way, and it can be a long journey getting back to a happy place. But at Dudley and Smith, P.A. we are committed to making the process as quick and stress-free as possible. We will fight for your rights, no matter what the situation is. We gather personal information, including assets and debts to help tailor a divorce plan that fits your needs. Our divorce services include:
- Uncontested and contested divorce cases
- Division of property and asset management
- Division of debt
- Legal separations and annulments
- Ante-nuptial agreements (“prenups”)
- Post-nuptial agreements
- Spousal maintenance cases (“alimony”), including modification and enforcement
- Post-decree motions
- Early Neutral Evaluations (ENE)
- Same-sex marriage
White Bear Lake Child Custody Cases
One of the hardest things about a divorce or separation is the splitting up of your family. If you have children it can be hard to know what’s best for them during a divorce. Child custody cases can get messy, but the most important thing is to serve the best interests of the children involved. Whether this involves a joint custody agreement or a full custody agreement with visitation rights, our Minnesota child custody lawyer will represent you and your best interests, regardless of what this may be. Our child custody services include:
- Paternity cases
- Child custody
- Parenting time/visitation
- Out-of-state moves and visitation rights
- Child support, including payments, modifications, and enforcement
- Grandparent rights and third party custody and visitation
- Step-parent adoption
- Child protection (CHIPS)
Individualized Attention, Affordable Assistance
We know that every case is different. Some divorces end amicably, some do not. Some custody hearings end with both parties happy, some do not. We can help you understand your options and work with your budget. We will sit down with you at a time and place that is convenient for you to determine what exactly has happened and create an individualized plan to help you take the best step forward.
White Bear Lake Family Lawyer your Can Trust
Gloria E. Bogen has over 30 years of legal experience, including 15 years as the Executive Director and Lead Staff Attorney at the non-profit Legal Assistance of Washington County where she provided free legal representation to low-income family law clients. Her experience ensures you will receive the most professional, ethical and effective representation for your family law issues. To speak with an experienced family law attorney, contact Minnesota law firm Dudley and Smith, P.A. today at (651) 770-6000.
Have you been arrested or accused of a crime? Then you need to act fast to protect your rights. Facing criminal charges can cause stress, disruption and uncertainty, leaving you and your family with a heavy burden. At Dudley and Smith, P.A. we strive to help you through this difficult time while working towards a positive resolution. Our Minnesota criminal defense lawyers will serve you with hard work, preparation and aggression. Minimize the negative impact a criminal accusation can have by contacting Dudley and Smith, P.A. as soon as you have been arrested.
Preserve Your Rights by Acting Fast
You should not go through a criminal prosecution alone. Our White Bear Lake criminal defense lawyers can offer assistance, guidance, support and legal representation in the following arrests:
- Felony, gross misdemeanor, and misdemeanor offenses
- Traffic crimes such as DUI/DWI (Minnesota), OWI (Wisconsin), SWI (snowmobiling while intoxicated), BWI (boating while intoxicated) and criminal vehicular homicide
- Violent offenses such as assault, robbery, manslaughter, murder and homicide
- Drug crimes such as possession, manufacturing, and trafficking
- Sexual offenses such as criminal sexual conduct, prostitution and pornography
- Federal offenses such as mail and wire fraud, white collar crimes, Internet crimes, identity theft and bank fraud
- Probation hearings, expungements, orders for protection and appeals
Facing the Legal System
Being arrested can be terrifying, even if it is for something that you did not do or for something minor. You are not expected to understand the legal system, which is why you may feel lost and confused. The best thing to do is remain calm and let a qualified lawyer be your voice during this time and take away the pressure. While you focus on keeping positive and moving forward, Dudley and Smith, P.A. will handle the rest.
What is at Stake?
Even a minor offense can impact your life forever, making it difficult to secure a job, obtain a loan, or attend school. Whether this is your first offense or your fifth offense, the best defense is aggressive representation. If you are convicted of a crime you could be looking at:
- Prison time, anywhere from 90 days to life in prison
- Hefty fines, anywhere from $300 to $1 million
- Suspension or revocation of your drivers license
- Restitution to the victim
- Therapy courses, rehabilitation, etc.
- Community service
- Mandatory registration as an offender
- A permanent mark on your criminal record
White Bear Lake Criminal Defense Lawyers
When a juvenile is accused of criminal activity, the first thing that comes to mind for the accused and their family is what impact will the charges have on their future? Will the juvenile be able to get a job, participate in sports, or get into college? If convicted, will the record follow the juvenile for the remainder of their life?
To prevent or mitigate the harm to an arrested juvenile’s future, it is crucial to act quickly after the arrest to ensure that their rights are protected and preserved. The juvenile criminal defense attorneys at Dudley and Smith, P.A. can help you answer these previous questions while guiding you through the criminal defense process.
A juvenile is defined under Minnesota Statutes as a person between the ages of 10 and 17. In most cases, the law and potential punishment is different for a juvenile than an adult. For some offenses, a juvenile can be charged and tried as an adult, which carries with it more severe punishment under the law.
As a juvenile defendant, you do not want to proceed through the legal system alone. Our juvenile criminal defense attorneys can provide the representation you need. Contact the juvenile criminal defense lawyers at Dudley and Smith, P.A. at (651) 770-6000 today to discuss you options.
Buying, selling, renting, leasing or investing in property all comes with different rules and regulations. Whether you are confused about the conditions outlined in your lease or have been served with a letter of intended foreclosure, it is important to have a legal professional on your side. Dudley and Smith, P.A. is an experienced Minnesota real estate law firm helping property owners, developers, builders, homeowners’ associations, managers, landlords, tenants, contractors, lenders, and individual home buyers across Minnesota and Wisconsin with real estate and property law issues. White Bear Lake Attorneys since 1952
Buy, Sell and Invest With Confidence
Speaking to a real estate attorney before signing any agreement can provide you with the confidence to know that you are making the right decision and minimizing the chance for legal problems down the road. This can make the whole decision a lot smoother and provide you with the confidence and security needed to move on with the transaction. Early legal intervention is often the best defense against property disputes. At Dudley and Smith, P.A., we represent clients in Minnesota and Wisconsin facing residential and commercial property transactions including:
- Commercial real estate, including leases and business entity formation
- Purchase and sale contracts
- Land development disputes
- Land use, zoning approvals and regulatory compliance
- Residential agreements, titles and closings
- Landlord/Tenant law and disputes including leases and evictions
- Homeowner’s and Condominium Association law
- Condemnation and adverse possession
- Quiet title disputes
- Boundary disputes
- Mechanic’s liens
- Eminent domain
- Mortgage and foreclosure law
Homeowner’s Association Law
Whether you live in a neighborhood governed by a Homeowner’s Association or you sit on the governing body of an HOA, Dudley and Smith, P.A.’s experienced attorneys can help with your HOA legal issues, including:
- Enforcement of covenants and restrictions
- General corporate matters and management issues
- HOA board conflict of interest disputes
- Collection of dues and assessments
- Dispute resolution and litigation
Real Estate Law Simplified
Many things can go wrong in real estate transactions. It seems so simple – buy, sell, move, pay rent – but in reality, real estate, property development, and property management are riddled with conflicts and confrontations. From errors in construction to mortgage law, neighborly disputes about fencing to pet friendly rental problems, landlord obligations to HOA conflicts, Dudley and Smith, P.A. can provide you with the services you need. Dudley and Smith, P.A. has experience in state law, local and county ordinances, zoning laws and homeowner’s association law. We practice in state and federal courts in Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as appeals of civil and government entity decisions. We represent individuals, HOA boards, banks and lenders as well as investors, developers and property managers. For more information, speak to your Minnesota real estate attorney today.
White Bear Lake Real Estate Lawyer
Whether your real estate needs involve buying, investing, property developing, leasing, renting or any other aspect of real estate, the attorneys at Dudley and Smith, P.A. can provide you with the professional guidance to steer you down the right road in real estate. To speak to Minnesota real estate lawyer, contact Minnesota law firm Dudley and Smith, P.A. today at (651) 770-6000.
Debt can be overwhelming. It can cause you physical and emotional stress and impact all aspects of your life, from your career to your family situation. If you are struggling with overwhelming debt and looking for a way to stop the creditors, speaking to a specialist Minnesota bankruptcy attorney can help you put the pieces back together and determine your best plan of action. We are a debt relief agency and the bankruptcy attorneys at Dudley and Smith, P.A. provide legal counseling to individuals and businesses in all stages of bankruptcy. We have represented individuals and businesses who have filed bankruptcy for over 27 years and have successfully handled thousands of cases.
What is Bankruptcy?
Bankruptcy, in general, alleviates you of certain debts. These debts may include credit card bills, utility expenses, and medical expenses. Once you file for bankruptcy, your creditors and debt collectors must stop taking action to collect a debt. Mortgage foreclosure, wage garnishment, and repossession actions may also be stopped by filing bankruptcy.
Although there have been changes to the bankruptcy laws over the years, bankruptcy remains a powerful remedy against your creditors. Bankruptcy can be a way for you to get a fresh start, to save your home, and to prevent your wages from being garnished or your property repossessed. It can make a positive difference in your life.
Bankruptcy comes in three forms:
- Chapter 7 “liquidation” Bankruptcy
- Chapter 13 “reorganization” Bankruptcy
- Chapter 11 “business” Bankruptcy
Chapter 7 Bankruptcy
In a Chapter 7 bankruptcy, you are generally discharged from, or relieved of, the obligation to pay your unsecured debts, such as credit car debts, bank loans, medical bills, utility bills, and business debts. Exceptions to the debts that are discharged are student loans, child support, most income taxes, as well as your home mortgage and car loans if you want to keep those items.
A trustee is appointed to administer a Chapter 7 case. The bankruptcy law allows an individual to retain certain property and assets as exempt from the claims of creditors, and most people get to keep what they own after filing bankruptcy.
Before filing bankruptcy, an individual is required to do a budget and credit counseling course, which may be done in person, by telephone, or online. Approximately 30 days after a case is filed, there is a “meeting of creditors” with the bankruptcy trustee. A second credit counseling or debtor education session is required, and the order discharging the debtor is typically entered approximately 90 days after the case is filed.
Contact the law firm of Dudley and Smith, P.A. to find out how a Chapter 7 bankruptcy would work for your situation.
Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
Chapter 13 bankruptcy is desired for individuals with regular income who desire to pay their debts but are currently unable to do so. A repayment plan lasting three to five years is carried out under supervision of the bankruptcy court, with the payments based on your finances. The plan is generally approved within 60 to 90 days after your case is filed. At the end of your plan, your debts are discharged, even if they have only been partially paid, except your mortgage, student loans, child support, and a few other exceptions.
As in a Chapter 7 case, filing a Chapter 13 bankruptcy case stops all collection actions of the creditors. Chapter 13 bankruptcy should be considered if you are behind on your mortgage or car loan payments or other debts, and you want time to catch up. Chapter 13 bankruptcy should also be considered if you would lose certain assets in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy and you can make payments to your creditors over time.
There is usually flexibility in your Chapter 13 plan payments and if your financial circumstances change, the amount of your plan payments may be changed. A recent development in Chapter 13 bankruptcy is the opportunity to “strip” off certain second mortgages on homes.
Contact the law firm of Dudley and Smith, P.A. to find out how a Chapter 13 bankruptcy would work for your situation.
Chapter 11 Bankruptcy
Chapter 11 bankruptcy is frequently referred to as a “reorganization” bankruptcy and is available to individuals and businesses to reorganize their business or finances to repay their creditors. It is a more involved and expensive form of bankruptcy, with greater court supervision, in which creditors may take a more active role in the case.
In a Chapter 11 bankruptcy, a plan of repayment or plan of reorganization is filed with the bankruptcy court and proposed to the creditors and the bankruptcy court for approval. There are a number of factors that are considered to approve a Chapter 11 plan, including whether the plan is in the best interests of the creditors and whether the plan is feasible.
As in other forms of bankruptcy, a Chapter 11 bankruptcy involves the automatic stay and stops collection actions of the creditors, such as repossession and foreclosures, evictions, and other lawsuits. Chapter 11 bankruptcy allows an individual or business to repay the creditors over an extended period of time or to propose the infusion of new capital to pay creditors in full or in part in satisfaction of their claims. After the bankruptcy filing, the owners and management of a business may continue to own and manage the business through the Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
To learn more about Chapter 11 bankruptcy and how it would work for you, please contact the law firm of Dudley and Smith, P.A.
Understanding your Options
Bankruptcy is not for everyone, and it is important that you understand your other options as well. You may be better off consolidating your debts or taking out a loan to help with your debts. You may be better off relying on family members for assistance and restructuring your spending habits to help clear those unpaid bills. When you meet with our Minnesota bankruptcy lawyers, we will help outline your options and determine whether bankruptcy is right for you. Dudley and Smith, P.A. also has debt collection attorneys who can aid in reducing and settling your debts that led you to consider filing for bankruptcy.
Questions Surrounding Bankruptcy
There are a number of questions surrounding bankruptcy. Will you lose your home and your car? Will your credit be affected? Will you be able to get a loan again? Will your personal finances be impacted by business bankruptcy? Can you keep some assets? The answers to these questions depend on your individual situation. Speaking to an attorney can give you a better idea of what to expect. We help people file for relief under the Bankruptcy Code.
Bankruptcy Lawyers in White Bear Lake
Steven C. Opheim is one of the most experienced bankruptcy lawyers in the Twin Cities with over 27 years of helping clients across Minnesota and Wisconsin with consumer and business bankruptcy as well as commercial litigation. You can trust the diligence and professionalism brought forth by Steven C. Opheim. His highest priority is to serve his clients’ interests. To learn more about the process of filing for bankruptcy, contact Dudley and Smith, P.A. today at (651) 770-6000.
What is Probate? When you or a loved one passes away, his or her estate—money, real estate, and personal property left behind—goes through a court-managed process called probate. Probate is a process in which the court determines how the deceased’s estate is distributed to heirs and next of kin. Probate occurs regardless of whether the deceased had a will or not.
Not every asset has to go through the probate process. The following assets pass on to named beneficiaries without the need for probate:
- Property owned as “joint tenants with right of survivorship.” This property passes to the other co-owners by law.
- Retirement accounts such as IRA and 401(k) accounts
- Life insurance policies
- Payable on Death (POD) bank accounts
- Property held in trusts
Every estate is unique, but the probate process generally follows these steps:
- File a petition with the proper court to probate the deceased’s estate
- Notice to heirs in the will or to statutory heirs if there is no will
- File a petition to appoint an Executor of the will or an Administrator of the estate if there is no will
- The Executor/Administrator takes control of the estate
- An inventory and appraisal of all the estate assets is taken
- Any debts owed by the deceased are paid to rightful creditors from the estate
- The Executor/Administrator sells estate assets not already distributed by the will or by statute
- Any applicable estate taxes are paid
- All remaining assets are distributed to the heirs
The death of a family member can create a lot of stress and confusion. Emotions are running high and disputes may arise over even the slightest of details. This can lead to drawn-out lawsuits and multiple court hearings during what is called a “will contest.” Dudley and Smith, P.A. has experienced attorneys who will help you navigate the probate process and protect your rights if a dispute should arise, helping you avoid litigation while saving time and money.
White Bear Lake Probate Lawyer
If you have questions about probate or need help with the probate of a decedent’s estate, speak with an experienced Minnesota probate lawyer, by contacting Dudley and Smith, P.A. today at (651) 770-6000.