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The Power of the Pause

“Never, never, never, never, never, give up,” so said Winston Churchill in 1941, or so we are led to believe. Actually, he didn’t say that exactly. He said, “never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty, never give in, except to convictions of honor and good [..]

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And Then Came Ambi

In days past, after appearing in court, I would stroll down Jackson Street in Anoka and observe diners lively in conversation, smiling and laughing away, moods sweetened by beer and other alcoholic beverages. One place had this mass assortment of chicken wings, another tasty authentic Mexican food, still another presented a century old décor, including [..]

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Truffles and Tortes: The Sweeter Part of Anoka

Have you come to appreciate the simple things in life yet? Like going to a movie? Or, being waited on at your favorite eating establishment? I am aching to give them business though admittedly it’s for selfish reasons–I want to feel normal again! So as we ever so slowly come back to life, I decided [..]

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Two Rivers Monument

“I’ve come to pay my respects.” We typically hear this at funerals and cemeteries. But what does this mean? “Respect” comes from the Latin word “respectus” which means “to look back at” or “regard”. When it comes to a person’s life and he or she is here no more, to respect them is to remember [..]

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Brave the Cold? No, Stay Home.

As I write this, Minnesota is about to enter its coldest days in over 20 years. Thirty below temperatures with wind chills up to 65 below. This would be a great time to try that vaporizing trick where a pot of boiled water is tossed up in the air and before a drop reaches the [..]

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Avoiding Probate Just Got Simpler

Let’s face it.  No one intentionally wants to go through probate.  For experienced attorneys, going through probate is no big deal.  But your heirs might not like it.  It will cost your estate and delay matters.  A smaller, uncontested probate can run $4,000 to $6,000 on average.  And it can take 9 months to 1 [..]

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My Bio Can No Longer Say “Fatherless Kid”

If you have taken the time to read my bio attached to my law office website you will see that I provide you with a little history about how I got the idea to become a lawyer and a little insight into my upbringing. Well, I am excited to say that one statement I made [..]

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So, How’s That Virtual Business Going?

Some of you may know that back on June 1, 2016, my legal assistant, Suzanne, and I ventured into the world of a virtual business existence with my estate planning and probate practice.  We both have home offices and routinely communicate with one another from there via a cloud-based, encrypted system called “MyCase”.  Sure we [..]

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Power of Attorneys: Explained & Simplified

We have all heard of Powers of Attorneys.  But are we really aware of what they are, what they do and even how many of them exist?  We have Power of Attorneys for finances and Power of Attorneys for healthcare issues.  Does it matter if I have a “Short Form Power of Attorney” instead of [..]

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My First Experience With Uber Won’t Be My Last

“But dad, I’m going to be late for school!”  Such was the cry of my 18 year old daughter on her 3rd day of community college PSEO classes.  We were in downtown Anoka conducting some bank business, ironically for the purpose of getting her a car, when poof!, gone was my vehicle and I’m stranded [..]

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