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Why Register a Trademark?

If you own and operate a small business in one of our lake communities, you know the importance of name recognition. A unique business name and logo can help a business stand out and get noticed by potential customers. Picture the logo for Sea Ray boats – it looks like a stylized silver wave an... continue reading »

The Role of the Association Board

In recent articles for this column, we have talked about the benefits of owning a home in an Association community. We have also talked about the overall framework for the operation and governance of an Association. In today’s article, we outline the role and responsibilities of an Association... continue reading »

Business Entities – Annual Renewals

As the year 2018 comes to an end (and we look forward to tax season), it’s time to complete the annual renewal for your business entity with the Minnesota Secretary of State. Annual renewals are required for corporations, limited liability companies, non-profit corporations, cooperatives, and l... continue reading »

Electronic Signatures

It’s impossible not to have noticed or experienced the tremendous growth in the use of technology to capture our “signature” or, from a legal perspective, the act that symbolizes our affirmative consent or agreement to be bound.

With a few simple clicks on our computer or phone, we c... continue reading »

Non-Compete Agreements (Part 1)

We often hear of restrictive covenants in an employment setting, and typically these take the form of a non-compete and non-solicitation obligation in an employment agreement. In such agreements an employee may also be subject to confidentiality obligations and restrictions on use of proprietary ... continue reading »

Collecting on Money Judgments-Overview

I often field many phone calls regarding collecting on a money judgment someone has received in a court action. In these incidents, the holder of the money judgment is called a creditor.  When I field these types of calls, it’s clear the person is frustrated. They have pursued a court action a... continue reading »

Assumed Business Name

It’s not uncommon to see that a business has an assumed name or often states that it is ‘doing business as’ (‘DBA’) a name other than the business owner’s name or the name of the underlying business entity. You may see this on a check or document from the busin... continue reading »