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.