Attorney Amanda Bloomgren Named 2016 Rising Star

Bloomgren Hanson Legal attorney Amanda Bloomgren was named to the 2016 Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers.  This is the second consecutive year Amanda has been named to the list. While up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars.  More about the selection process can be found here. Congratulations Amanda!

Revisions to the Minnesota LLC Statute. What Does it Mean?

Screen shot 2013-08-16 at 10.29.43 AMOn August 1, 2015, the Revised Minnesota LLC Act will go into effect.  This law impacts all LLCs in Minnesota. This is the most significant change affecting Minnesota LLC law since LLCs were first permitted in Minnesota.

The Revised Act will automatically affect all LLCs formed in Minnesota on and after August 1, 2015 and will affect all LLCs in Minnesota as of January 1, 2018 at which time the old act will be repealed.  All previously formed LLCs can elect to be governed by the new statute prior to 2018 by taking affirmative steps to do so.

If you have an existing LLC, you should contact an attorney to discuss what steps you should take to update your documents. If you do not do so, you could run into a problem where effective 2018 your current documents do not operate in the manner you intended.  There is no time like the present to address the needed changes.

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Minnesota Family Law Bills Become Law. What Does it Mean?

Just a billOn May 14, 2015, Governor Dayton signed the omnibus family law bill (S.F. 1191) 1191 (now Minnesota Session Laws chapter 30) and a week later SF No. 1458 (now Minnesota Session Laws chapter 71).  The laws are a series reforms in the area of family law, some more significant than others.

If you are a single parent or going through a divorce, you may wonder what the changes will mean to you.  Bloomgren Hanson Legal will be providing a series of posts that address the changes to the law in more detail.  To start, below is a simple outline of the major changes to the law.

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Don’t Make Assumptions When it Comes to Your Assumed Name or DBA in Minnesota

Why does it matter if your trade name is not in the registered name for your business?

Anytime you are doing business in Minnesota and are not using the legal real and true name of each owner in the title of the business or using the full name of the legal entity (including LLC or Inc.), you must file an Assumed Business Name.  Filing a certificate of assumed name (also commonly referred to as a “fictitious business name” or a “DBA”) enables an individual or entity to engage in business name that is different from their legal name. Failing to properly file for an assumed name could result in allegations of fraud or in the case of a limited liability company or corporation a finding that your personal liability is not protected, so it is particularly important to follow proper procedures with the Secretary of State’s Office.

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Ask the Attorney: Should I use a joint tenancy to avoid probate?

My husband and I own some hunting land up north Minnesota as joint tenants.  After his passing, I became the sole owner.  I am thinking about adding my sons to the deed so we would all be joint tenants. I heard this will avoid probate when I die.  Is a joint tenancy a good idea?

If your only concern is avoiding probate, transferring the property to a joint tenancy with your sons will accomplish this and is a commonly-used tool, but there may be a better way to accomplish the same result.

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Bloomgren Hanson Legal has Moved!

Bloomgren Hanson Legal is pleased to announce that we have moved to 903 Mainstreet, Ste. A, Hopkins, MN 55343.  Our website is in the process of being updated to reflect the change.  Until then, if you need directions, please give us a call at 952-406-8221.  

Corporate Liability Protection – It’s Tax Time!

If you have a corporate entity (e.g. limited liability company, corporation, S-corp, partnership), tax time is a great time to draft the necessary resolutions or minutes to “beef up” your personal liability protection.  If the concept of personal liability protection is new to you, check out our other articles on the subject which can be found here and here. Continue reading “Corporate Liability Protection – It’s Tax Time!”

Sink or Swim Event – February 29, 2012

On February 29, 2012, Amanda Bloomgren and Katie Hanson will be speaking at the Business Girls Network, Inc. event, Sink or Swim.  The event will provide female small business owners the opportunity to do a self audit of their business practices and to took forward to growth and change in 2012.  In addition to the attorney’s of Bloomgren Hanson Legal, Molinar Financial, Practical Business Solutions and Nourish to Florish will be sharing their wisdom.

The event is from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at Gold Nugget in Minnetonka.  If you are interested in the event, feel free to contact us for more details.

Reader Question: Can I purchase a business using a contract for deed?

One of the recent searches that led to the Bloomgren Hanson website asked the question, “Can I purchase a business using a contract for deed?” The searcher didn’t find their answer here (until now). The simple answer to the question is no, but that doesn’t mean you cannot accomplish the same result using different tools.

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In the News

Bloomgren Hanson Legal had a nice mention in an article on Minnetonka Patch about the networking group where both Amanda and Katie are active members and co-leaders .  We can’t say enough good things about Business Girls Network, Inc. and the connections and friendships we’ve made in just a few short months.

Quite often it is difficult for attorneys to find groups where we can support our business without being obligated to make direct referrals to specific members of the group.  Direct referrals are a big ethical “no-no” in our practice as we believe is important for our clients to make independent decisions with whomever they choose to do business with.  The model of BGN is to simply support the business growth and creativity of the other women in the group. It is not only a refreshing change from other groups, but is also in line with Bloomgren Hanson Legal’s mission to help solve problems for small businesses, families and individuals.