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To start a business, consider going slowly

When most Minnesota residents get an idea, they want to start working on it right away. In particular, if a person believes that the time has come to start a business, he or she may want to jump into the process as quickly as possible. If a person is of older age, he or she may feel like there is no time to waste in getting the business started, but slowing down may be a better route to consider.

By starting slow, entrepreneurs can better assess their idea and fine-tune it. They can determine how their idea could help in a particular industry, a particular demographic or in the world in general. By taking the time to fully assess the idea, individuals may be better able to pin down specific ways to make their product or service better for potential customers or clients.

The CARES Act--Paycheck Protection Program

The Paycheck Protection Program is a significant piece of the recently-passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the "CARES Act"). It is designed to help nonprofit and for‑profit businesses with less than 500 employees cover payroll and other expenses.

Employers Required Posting

The Department of Labor's Families First Coronavirus Response Act has recently released a poster.  The poster must be posted by April 1, 2020 by all Employers of 500 or less employees.  You can find the poster at this link: https://www.dol.gov/sites/dolgov/files/WHD/posters/FFCRA_Poster_WH1422_Non-Federal.pdf

Minnesota Workers Exempt from Gov. Tim Walz's Stay-at-Home Directive

Gov. Tim Walz issued Executive Order 20-20 directing Minnesotans to stay at their homes and limit activities outside their homes to essential needs. The directive is effective from March 27, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. to April 10, 2020, at 5 p.m.

What does Stay at Home Mean for Your Parenting Time Order

There are a lot of questions about parenting time and the directive for Minnesotans to stay home because of COVID-19. Minnesota Governor Waltz's Emergency Executive Order dated March 25, 2020 is clear that parenting time should continue as court ordered. Families can of course make other agreed upon arrangements for exchanging their children. Continue using social distancing when exchanging your children. If a family member is ill in one household speak with the other parent to make different arrangements that does not put the child at risk. Take this opportunity to co-parent and model for your children that both parents are on the same page about the child's well-being during these challenging times.

The Impact of a Peacetime Emergency on Family Court Hearings

The Governor declared a peacetime emergency on March 13, 2020, which placed restrictions on public activities because of the Coronavirus. This declaration impacted the Court system. As a result, we are receiving questions from clients in family law about their scheduled court hearings and mediations. There have been two orders in the last week from the Court that impact family law matters in the court system.

Parents may worry about sibling conflict when estate planning

Having children can be the biggest joy of many Minnesota residents' lives. Of course, siblings do not always get along, and it can often be difficult for parents to make decisions that will be good for everyone. As a result, some parents may struggle with estate planning.

It is not uncommon for sibling rivalry to affect estate plans and the probate process. Some siblings may fight over assets or have other disputes that could lead to probate litigation. Parents who want to lessen the likelihood of sibling fights may want to ensure that they create a will. Not having any type of estate plan could give more cause for siblings to fight as assets are divided in accordance with state intestate laws. By having instructions for them to follow, disputes may not be as prevalent.

Managing Parenting Time with COVID-19

If you abide by a court-ordered parenting time schedule, you may be wondering what impact the recent COVID-19 virus outbreak or a potential government-mandated lockdown will have on your normal parenting time schedule. Keep in mind that, given this unprecedented situation, there has not been time for judges to issue much guidance. However, here are some general guidelines to follow:

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