How to Avoid Common Shareholder Disagreements

When most people hear the term shareholder, they think of large corporations that are traded on the stock market. It is true that each investor into these companies is a shareholder, and each shareholder has certain rights and responsibilities. What many people overlook, however, is that even with small and medium sized private companies, there are often shareholders. If you and a friend start a business, it is Read More

Getting Your Record Expunged In Minnesota

Regardless of errors and past mistakes, there may be limits to how long they can follow you around. A criminal record may impact your ability to get a job, apply for housing or a line of credit, or even acquire specific licenses—some of which you may need for employment. If you have been convicted of a crime and have served your sentence, those charges may not have to remain public.  Maybe you already have a great Read More

Lesser-Known Employment Issues

As a firm with deep experience in several areas connected to business law, we have—in the past—discussed several common employment issues. This includes workplace discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and even wage and hour laws. Not only do these issues put your business at risk, but they can also alienate your employees.  Though you may have systems in place to address labor laws and healthcare compliance, you Read More

Five Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read

“The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.” – Mark Twain Success in business and entrepreneurship is not easy.  Did you know the average CEO reads 60 books a year?  Why do leading executives read so much?  Because they know that the key to success is constant learning. Here are five books every entrepreneur should read. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Read More

Create The Right Cease & Desist Letter

Hiring outside counsel gives you and your business a wide range of benefits and protections. When hiring outside counsel, you should seek a lawyer who understands the standards and values that your company was built upon.  If another person, company, or organization negatively impacts your business, they could do so through libel (written) or slander (spoken). Or they could be infringing on your protected Read More

What To Consider Before A Merger

Your lawyer—or a team of lawyers—will handle the legal aspects of a business merger. By choosing a firm experienced in mergers and acquisitions, you will receive advice on everything from deal structure to applicable regulations. They are there to assist you through the entirety of the process. As a business owner, many factors go into your decision of whether to pursue a merger. Two businesses combine to give their Read More

Founder Compensation Options

The startup is built around the founding members, their drive, and their devotion to bringing their business to life. It’s about turning the intangible into liquid assets. And maybe even more important, the founders determine how this happens. Everything from the values that serve as the bedrock to the company’s culture begins with them.  Startups are shaped differently, but there is a common thread built around the Read More

How To Build A Contract

Although nothing is preventing you from creating a DIY contract, you take on risk by doing so. Understanding the pieces of a contract gives you the ability to ask your attorney the right questions.  The law is the law, but attorneys have unique approaches to solving legal issues for their clients. A basic understanding of contracts combined with your attorney’s explanation allows you to know how you are Read More

Handling A DWI In Minnesota

Don’t presume that you are guilty. People assume that DWIs are objective, meaning there is no room to question the charges. Under some circumstances, a DWI is a felony. As serious as the offense and repercussions are, that doesn’t eliminate your rights—including your chance to present a defense. There are four different degrees of DWI charges in Minnesota. The severity of the punishments may deter you from drinking Read More

Protect Your Business and Your Employees

As a business owner, protecting your employees and safeguarding your business from lawsuits can be the same. Taking care of the people that work for you should never be overlooked. Let’s look at two widespread issues that arise in the workplace and how to prevent them. Discrimination  We spend a significant amount of our time either at home or at work. For some, they come home for a few hours, sleep, and then return Read More