Pedestrian Traffic Accidents: A Growing Trend

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, people all over Minnesota have hit the streets, forming walking groups and other outdoor social-distancing activities. Though cumulative 2020 data is not available, from January to November in Minnesota 36 pedestrians have died as a result of Pedestrian Traffic Accidents, per Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Numbers have risen from… Read more »

Homeowners Associations

HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATIONS Real estate developments are increasingly formed as Common Interest Communities in which there is individual ownership of homes combined with shared expenses for repair and maintenance, property management, some utilities, or shared areas. These Common Interest Communities may be formed as condominiums, townhomes, or coops. The management and governance of these communities are… Read more »

I Want a Pet Trust, but How Do I Fund It?

When making your estate plan, you may wonder how you will ensure your beloved pets are taken care of after you’re gone. With a pet trust, you can designate money to be used for the benefit of your pets, so that a chosen caregiver is not burdened with your pets’ expenses. There are several things to… Read more »

What Is Probate?

Probate, also called estate administration is the legal process enabling the transfer of property after someone dies. Depending on the circumstances, a probate may involve: 1. Proving the validity of a Will; 2. Court appointment of someone to serve as agent for the deceased person – referred to as an administrator, personal representative, executor, or… 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 »

What Constitutes an Employee and Independent Contractor

WHAT CONSTITUTES AN EMPLOYEE AND INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE JULY 15, 2015, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR CRITERIA      Dudley and Smith, P.A. has been practicing in Minnesota since 1952 and has experienced Attorneys that will assist both companies and individuals in labor issues. The following is a brief over-view of the July 15, 2015 Department… Read more »