Stepparent adoptions can be complex proceedings. Courts generally try to preserve the biological parent-child relationship. However, when this is not in the best interest of the child, stepparent adoptions are allowed. Each stepparent adoption has two parts. The first involves an effort to “terminate” the rights of one of the biological parent and the adoption

Because your estate plan closely reflects your life, it is necessary to update it accordingly. In fact, many people will update their estate planning documents every five years.  This should include a Will, Health Care Directive, and Power of Attorney. A general rule of thumb is when major life events occur, such as having children

In a divorce, dividing assets can be difficult and time consuming. It is important to create an asset inventory, often called a “balance sheet.” This document will outline the parties’ assets and liabilities. Every divorce balance sheet will look different but it is essential to not overlook assets. Common assets include bank accounts, houses, cars,

While you may have a signed judgment and decree in hand, your divorce may require follow up work to tie up loose ends and complete the process. Post-divorce, it is important to update insurances, manage financial accounts, update your name and address, renew your estate plan, and create a new financial plan.

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Divorces can vastly range in price depending on the case circumstances. Many factors impact the cost of a divorce, including how agreeable the parties are or if a trial is necessary. Uncontested divorce, where the parties are agreeable on all topics, are generally the most cost-efficient divorce. However, it is not uncommon for a divorce

Did you know that we are one of the leading family law and divorce attorneys in Minneapolis, MN? The Brown Law Offices, P.A. is a family-owned law firm located 15 northwest of downtown Minneapolis.  Our practice is limited to family law, criminal defense and estate planning. Our lawyers have appeared in courtrooms throughout the Twin

Financial Early Neutral Evaluation (FENE), Social Early Neutral Evaluation (SENE), and mediation are all different processes for alternative dispute resolution (ADR). ADR is commonly used in family law to help litigants settle their cases and avoid a costly trial. Trial bound cases can take months to bring to a conclusion and both parties are generally

Personal property is a common concern for those thinking about estate planning. Many people have specific requests for who should receive items such as heirlooms, collectables, and other tangible property. A Minnesota Tangible Personal Property List is a common legal document used to itemize who receives personal property in the event that you pass

Domestic violence can impact its victims in many ways: emotionally, physically, financially, and legally. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) reports that over 10 million adults experience domestic violence annually. For victims of domestic violence or abuse, it can be difficult for parties to leave and receive the help and protection they need.

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