Lommen Abdo was voted as one of the finalists in the "2018 Best Law Firms of the St. Croix Valley"!
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With tax changes, do I still need estate planning?
When people think about estate planning, the estate tax is one of the first things that comes to mind. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law by President Trump on December 22, 2017 brought significant changes to the transfer of wealth, including increasing the federal estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer (GST) tax exemption amounts. This increase means that even fewer U.S. families will be required to pay federal estate tax. With that said, tax planning, while important, is not the only reason to establish an estate plan. READ MORE
Vaccine Law: Where it Came From, How it Works.
The National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986 established the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program after lawsuits against manufacturers threatened to cause vaccine shortages. In an effort to maintain a supply of vaccines, as well as develop new ones, this unique program was created. Read the Minnesota Lawyer article by Kathleen Loucks, which discusses preemption and jurisdiction, when a vaccine or administrator or manufacturer may be sued, which vaccines are covered and what compensation is due. READ MORE
Electronic Logging Devices: A Hacker's New Window to Your World?
Electronic Logging Devices (“ELD”) are now required for drivers of many commercial motor vehicles (“CMV”) in the United States. ELDs are the electronic equivalent of a paper log used to record a driver’s working and driving time. The new mandate will result in hundreds of thousands of new internet connected devices and opens another opportunity for hackers to access, expose or destroy critical private or personal information. Hackers can severely disrupt or wholly-disable a motor carrier’s operations if not handled properly. Wise drivers and motor carriers realizes that each ELD poses a security threat potential not only to that truck and that driver, but all the things that it directly or indirectly connects to. That includes the truck itself and, if not properly configured and secured, the entire outside electronic world. READ MORE
Supervisory Training: Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Recent sexual harassment headlines should be a reminder to employers of their need to be proactive in preventing, as well as appropriately responding to, workplace harassment claims. Employers face significant financial exposure from unlawful harassment litigation as well as a demoralized workforce. Lommen Abdo offers supervisory training covering the steps employers must take to reduce the risk of such conduct occurring and how to foster a workplace culture where all employees can reach their full potential. Properly trained supervisors can be your company’s first line of defense should such unlawful conduct occur in your workplace. READ MORE
Technological Literacy: The New Normal for Legal Practice
The Minnesota Rules of Professional Conduct now require a lawyer to maintain technological literacy in legal practice. Such technological literacy is critical because lawyers are attractive, and increasingly frequent, targets of cyber criminals. To develop technological literacy, a lawyer is required to know, understand, and assess the benefits and burdens of utilizing legal technology in an attorney-client relationship, and to discuss those benefits and burdens with clients. This article examines the importance of technological literacy in legal practice based on cybersecurity trends, and analyzes the ways in which a lawyer can satisfy his or her obligation to become technologically literate. Read the article by Bryan Feldhaus which appeared in the January/February 2018 Hennepin Lawyer. READ MORE
Legal Storytellers: Barry O'Neil and Kay Nord Hunt
The ability to make the complex simple and clearly understood is a valuable trait for a litigator. That ability is one of the reasons why Kay Nord Hunt has been selected as Best Lawyers® 2018 Minneapolis “Lawyer of the Year” for her appellate practice and why Barry O’Neil has been added to the 2018 list of Best Lawyers in Litigation (real estate). Kay and Barry are both great lawyers and great storytellers; attorneys who understand how juries and judges look at cases, who know both your story and the law, and who focus on making your story as persuasive as possible. Lommen Abdo congratulates Kay on being recognized as the Appellate Attorney of the Year in Minneapolis and Barry on joining the list of the firm’s Best Lawyers. Perennially on the list of Best Lawyers are Lommen Abdo attorneys Phil Cole (complex litigation), Bob Abdo (corporate) and Roger Stageberg (corporate). Each were again recognized in the Best Lawyers 2018 edition in their practice areas. Watch for more about all of the firm’s lawyers on the 2018 Best Lawyers list in the next newsletter. READ MORE
Lommen Abdo professional liability team garners recognition.
Lommen Abdo has been selected as the Professional Liability Litigation Law Firm of the Year – Minnesota, US (2017) by The Lawyer International. Lommen Abdo’s professional liability team has been handling the most serious and complex claims professionals face for over 75 years. We defend attorneys, trustees, CPAs and law firms in claims involving negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, licensing disputes and insurance coverage. The professional liability team has won hard fought battles in courtrooms, in ADR forums and in appellate courts in both Minnesota and Wisconsin. READ MORE