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Are Holiday Workers Legally Entitled to Overtime Pay?

With November upon us, it is officially “go time” for retail stores—as Black Friday deals begin. Despite an increase in eCommerce and supply chain disruptions, the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz predicts a booming holiday shopping season for 2021.  In-store shopping is expected to resume to nearly pre-pandemic levels, prompting retailers to …

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Hiring a Construction Lawyer [Expectations vs. Reality]

If you work in construction, then you already know that most working sites are vulnerable to legalities. This could be due to federally-mandated restrictions, the potential for hazards, and the task of communicating changes between multiple parties.  From a family’s dream home to commercial, sports stadiums, and airports, any construction project—big or small—can include any …

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Are Construction Laws National or State-Level?

Construction law involves all legal issues related to the planning, design, and construction of a building or structure. Because construction projects include multiple parties—not to mention the fact that construction sites can pose many safety hazards—it’s vital to understand and comply with all regulations throughout the process. Some statutes exist at the federal level and …

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Should I Hire a Business Lawyer When I’m Ready to Sell?

Selling a business can be a stressful process—and it requires negotiation, contract drafting, organization of financial documents, and so on. Below, we’ll help you break down the basic steps of selling a business and why it’s best to hire a business lawyer to handle the complexities that typically arise. Types of Business Sales Most small …

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What Is Business Law?

Though a broad term, business law is responsible for regulating commercial entities and their commercial transactions—covering the rights and conduct of those involved in commerce, trade, and sales. Whether you’re a global enterprise or a small mom-and-pops shop, your business must follow the same legal regulations. As laws vary from state to state, hiring a …

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Why Hire a Construction Lawyer?

Planning residential or commercial construction? Whether this is your first time or you’re a seasoned builder, having access to a professional construction lawyer is more than a value add to your company; it’s a necessity. Between negotiating contracts, hiring contractors, and following all city ordinance requirements, there’s a lot of room for error. In fact, …

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Drafting a Will vs. Estate Planning: Is There a Difference?

The terms “will” and “estate planning” often get used interchangeably. But it’s important to understand their differences, and how they work together to protect your family’s financial future, as well as your legacy. What Is a Will? A will is a set of instructions that carefully lay out how you would like your assets divided …

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Difference Between Trial Court and Appellate Court: What You Need to Know

Need to settle a dispute in court? Whether you require professional representation for a business disagreement or a complex dissolution, here is what you need to know about the differences between trial court and appellate court in the state Minnesota. What is a Trial Court? A trial court is where all civil cases begin, and …

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Do You Need a Lawyer for a Business Partnership?

Do You Need a Lawyer for a Business Partnership?

If you’re looking to launch a new business in 2020, you may find it more profitable to partner with another entrepreneur for added financial support, shared responsibilities, experience, and other mutual benefits. Before signing any contracts and establishing a legal partnership, you may have some questions related to getting the process started or tips on …

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Why Your Small Business Needs a Lawyer During the Holidays?

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and if you’re a small business owner, that means busier workdays, larger crowds, and hiring seasonal employees just to keep up with demand! As you take on more workers—whether seasonal or permanent—it may benefit your business to hire an experienced small business attorney. Here are the top three reasons …

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Is It Legal to Change a Contract After Signing?

For business owners and individuals alike, contracts are often considered rigid, consequence-imposing agreements that require stringent compliance. Though this outlook is not necessarily wrong, it lacks the nuance that comes with contract law. For example, if you need to extend a contract before it reaches its completion date, you may wonder whether it’s legal for …

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What Are the Top 3 Elements of a Breach of Contract Claim?

Contracts regulate what you do every day. From the simple task of purchasing groceries at your local market to the more complex undertaking of purchasing a new home, you engage with contracts on a daily basis. A contract is an agreement between two or more parties that creates mutual obligations that are enforceable by law. …

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What Does an Estate Planning Attorney Do?

Nearly everyone has an estate, including you. Your estate comprises everything you own, from your home, car, checking and savings accounts to your investments, insurance, and personal possessions. Estate planning is planning for how an individual’s assets will be preserved, managed, and distributed after his/her passing. It also takes into account the management of the …

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Reasons to Hire a Construction Attorney

Successful construction projects require collaboration between multiple parties—from architects and contractors to owners and investors. With so many moving parts, any construction job has the potential for disagreements, along with several other legal hang ups, making it vitally important to have an experienced team of construction lawyers protecting your interests. Top 5 Reasons to Hire …

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Remodeling a Home? What You Need to Know About Obtaining a Handyman License in Minnesota

You’re a self-sufficient person—especially around the house. Something breaks and you’re able to fix it, whether it’s the plumbing, electricity, carpentry, or masonry. Maybe you’re the first one your friends or family call when something goes wrong in their home. You enjoy tinkering with and fixing things; digging into how everyday things work. With this …

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Planning Long-Term Care Part II: Assets, Finances, and Cost of Care

The cost of advanced care is expensive, and many people are unaware that Medicare doesn’t cover most long-term care needs, so planning ahead for your care not only allows you time to determine how to pay for it, but it may offer you more opportunities to receive payment assistance. According to the National Institute of …

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Modifying a Construction Contract Part II: Change Order Initiation

In last week’s blog post, we discussed certain instances that may require your construction project to implement a change order to the original scope of work. As noted, when a change needs to be made during a project, it’s essential to rely on the process you’ve outlined and described in detail in your original contract. …

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How to Effectively Modify a Construction Contract’s Scope of Work: Part I

Making modifications during a construction project comes with the territory. Your clients may request additions, or you may need to make changes due to unexpected issues. Whether you or the customer initiates a change, it’s essential to document any changes modifying a construction contract’s original scope of work. Having an effective contract and change order …

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Is Your Small Business’ Intellectual Property Protected?

Every small business is unique. Whether you sell web design and development, women’s sport apparel, cookbooks, or wedding photography, your brand has its own original identity. But what are you doing to protect the assets you’ve worked so hard to create? How can you ensure your products, logos, designs, or even new inventions aren’t being …

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How to File for Conservatorship of a Loved One

When a love one is no longer able to make financial decisions on his or her own—due to age, mental health, or disability—a conservatorship may be the best solution. According to the Minnesota Judicial Branch website, “A conservator is appointed to make financial decisions for the protected person (“Conservatee”.) The conservator typically has the power …

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401(K) and Divorce: What Can Happen to Your Savings?

No one ever plans for a divorce, but sometimes, you and your spouse find yourselves at the end of a relationship. Though this can be difficult to emotionally process, the financial implications are another matter entirely—especially when it comes to your retirement savings! In a previous blog post, we discussed the differences between marital and …

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Independent Contractor Tips to Help You Avoid “Rookie” Mistakes

Working in the “gig economy” has its benefits. As an independent contractor, you get to do what you love on your own terms and schedule. Of course, there are certain drawbacks to consider before starting your own self-employed business, including no healthcare coverage, no employer-provided 401(k) plan, and no guarantee of getting paid. However, for …

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Understanding the Basics of Marital vs. Non-Marital Property Interests

Although emotionally stressful and financially burdensome, divorce is sometimes necessary. If you’re currently going through a legal separation, you may have heard the phrase “marital property,” but you’re unsure whether certain assets in your name fall under this category. Marital Property vs. Non-Marital Property: During your marriage, if you acquired any property or debt (i.e. …

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Top 5 Qualities to Look for in a Small Business Lawyer

In honor of this year’s annual celebration of Small Business Saturday, we at KTF Law Firm wanted to share some important qualities that every entrepreneur should look for when choosing a small business lawyer. Industry Experience Aside from having professional experience as a small business lawyer, it’s equally essential that your attorney specializes in your …

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Expanding Your Small Business? How Employment Law Affects You

Whether you’re starting a small business or expanding your current team of employees, it’s important that you understand employment law and how it may impact your employer-employee relationships. From promoting a safe, equal opportunity work environment to establishing wages and employee benefits that align with state and federal requirements, there’s numerous factors to consider. To …

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Filing for Custody? Why You Shouldn’t Wait to Hire a Child Custody Lawyer

In a recent blog post, we discussed the importance of hiring an experienced divorce attorney to handle your complex dissolution of marriage, especially if children are involved. This week, we wanted to further the discussion by sharing a brief overview on child custody laws and how to protect your sole or joint custody case before …

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Deciding Whether a Divorce Attorney is Right for You

Filing for divorce is usually met with mixed emotions. Sometimes, the decision is mutual and other times it can be complicated. During this difficult time, however, you’ll need to decide whether hiring a professional divorce attorney is in your best interest, depending on your individual circumstance. To help you get started, consider the following questions: …

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Hiring a Small Business Attorney? Here Are Some Important Questions You Should Ask

Whether you own a start-up company or established brand, hiring an experienced attorney who specializes in business law can help you protect the longevity of your business. From commercial code interpretation and contract drafting to litigation services, a professional business attorney will assist you with all your legal and consultation needs. Before you decide which …

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How to Keep the Romance Alive with a Prenuptial Agreement

The words “prenuptial agreement” seem to carry negative connotations for many people. It’s typically the last thing couples want to discuss or even think about before they join hands in matrimony. Nevertheless, having a prenuptial agreement in place before you walk down the aisle is essential to protecting your future goals. In fact, if done …

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Planning a Wedding? Why Estate Planning Should Be at The Top of Your List

As you and your significant other prepare to exchange vows and begin a new life together, your thoughts about the future may include buying a home, starting a family, or maybe opening a small business. Whatever your shared goals may be, it’s important that you and your spouse prepare for the journey ahead by putting …

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Understanding Your Rights as an Independent Contractor

Being self-employed has its advantages. You can set your own schedule, avoid commuter traffic, and have the freedom to negotiate your prices. Of course, there are drawbacks to working for yourself—such as paying quarterly taxes or forgoing employee health and retirement plans. For many contractors, however, one major source of frustration is determining whether or …

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Building Your Business? Here’s what You Need to Know Before Breaking Ground

Making the decision to construct a building for your business is an exciting time for any entrepreneur. The many years of hard work have brought you to the point where you are able to build the perfect space for your business. But before the official ground breaking ceremony, every entrepreneur should spend a good amount …

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Tactics to Protect Your Business Through a Breakup

Taking risks is intimidating, whether you’re committing to a budding relationship by pursuing marriage, quitting a long-time career to start a business, or all of the above. Some people elect to avoid uncertainties entirely, but the most successful people take precautions instead. The Minneapolis attorneys at KTF Law are prepared to offer legal services and …

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Litigation v. Arbitration v. Mediation: A Case of 3 Important Differences

You might have heard people talk about litigation, arbitration, and mediation before and assumed they are interchangeable terms for a legal battle involving heated court room discussions and contracts that rival iTunes’s terms and conditions in length. Fortunately, this is not the case. There are subtle, but important, differences between them. It is important for …

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Things You Should Know When Starting a Business: 3 Types of Agreements

At any stage of business, contracts are essential. From signing a lease to hiring your first employee and even ordering a water cooler, contracts and agreements are unavoidable. While the small print for keeping the vending machine full might not be imperative to understand, there are a number of business agreements that you should have …

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What is the Uniform Commercial Code and What Does it Mean for Your Business?

Everyday, KTF Law helps bring the dreams of business owners to life by guiding them through the new construction process. Anyone new to construction law is in for a brain numbing experience. It seems that every city, county, and state has specific regulations that must be met when it comes to commercial construction. In most …

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Hiring a Small Business Attorney? Ask These Questions First

For entrepreneurs starting their first business, the legal world can be an overwhelming mess. The mountains of paperwork to file, standards to meet, and books to keep can leave you wondering where to begin. Typically, one of the first individuals an entrepreneur contacts when starting their venture is a small business attorney. In many cases, …

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Things You Should Know When Starting a Business: Buy-Sell Agreements

“Starting a small business takes work” may be the greatest understatement of all time. Entrepreneurs have a lot on their plate and each day brings its own challenges and minor meltdowns. While every business is different, there are some common legal services that all small businesses should invest in before opening their doors for the …

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Breaches of Contract: The Four Types and What You Need to Know

Contracts are a vital part of our world today and without them it is unlikely that businesses (or society for that matter) could function like they do today. Unfortunately, these contracts are often broken and individuals and businesses are forced to deal with the legal consequences. Contracts are often regarded as one of the most …

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From Contracts to Claims, Legal Support Benefits Your Small Business

Every small business faces legal concerns. Whether you need contracts and documents reviewed or need help with contractor or supplier disputes, protect yourself and your company with attentive legal support. As a small business owner, you have many roles to fill. You are managing employees, marketing to new clients, monitoring your product, and more – …

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Bring Your New Construction Venture from Plan to Reality with these Tips

Starting a new construction company or project? Consider these helpful tips to turn your dream into reality. 1) Stay on top of your finances: Bank Account – Make sure to set up a bank account for your company, so that you can keep your personal and professional finances separate. Start-Up Money – If you want …

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Why You Should Avoid “Cookie-Cutter” Legal Services

Don’t get stuck with impersonal legal services. There’s nothing generic about your life –why should your legal representation be generic? It’s vital to find a lawyer who will advocate for your unique circumstances instead of giving you “cookie-cutter” services or treating you like just another number. No one has the same business, marriage, or family …

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