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How to Handle Divorcing a Narcissist

Many factors can complicate a divorce, but the goal of both spouses is usually to get through the process with as little stress and drama as possible. That’s why roughly 95% of divorces settle; people would prefer to avoid an ugly court battle (and… Read More
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What is an “Unfit Parent?”

Even the best parents have insecurities about how they are performing in that role. It’s easy to wonder if you are being too strict, or too lenient, a helicopter parent or a neglectful one, putting too much pressure on your kids, or not encouraging… Read More
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Tips for Getting a Divorce Without a Lawyer

Most divorce lawyers will tell you that getting a divorce without a lawyer is a terrible idea. Now, coming from people who make their living helping people get divorced, that advice might sound self-serving—but it’s often right. Sometimes, the mo… Read More
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How Can a Mother Lose Custody of Her Child?

In decades past, it was common for mothers to be granted custody of the children in a divorce, with fathers being given “visitation,” having the children on alternate weekends and perhaps one evening a week. Those arrangements reflected the preva… Read More
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Contesting a Will in Minnesota

How hard is it to challenge a will in Minnesota? It depends on the circumstances, but in general, contesting a will is not easy. That’s good news for those who want their last wishes honored; not so good for those who feel they have been treated un… Read More
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Categories: Probate
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Divorce Mediation Tips for Success

At Mundahl Law, we are big believers in family mediation, especially in divorce. Divorce mediation is almost always less stressful and less expensive than a divorce trial. Even more important, it gives you much more control over the terms of your div… Read More
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Caring for a Nonbinary or Transgender Child

Every parent, as soon as they find out they are going to have a child, imagines what that child will be like. We imagine who they’ll look like, what their interests will be, what they will excel at. And when most parents hear “It’s a boy!” or… Read More
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A Guide to Minnesota Health Care Directives

If 2020 taught us anything, it’s that life is uncertain. It has always been possible for people to go suddenly from perfectly healthy to very ill, but COVID-19 made that possibility frighteningly real for many of us. Fortunately, as of this writing… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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Understanding the Probate Process in Minnesota

Probate is the legal process of administering the estate of a person who has died (a “decedent.”) As a general rule, assets that were owned in the decedent’s sole name (as opposed to jointly with another person, or by a trust), must go through… Read More
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Categories: Probate
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The Importance of Setting Up a Trust for a Child

When you picture a child who has a trust fund, you probably envision someone who is wealthy, spoiled, and entitled. If that’s the image in your head, you may not have ever dreamed that you would set up a trust for your child. You might be surprised… Read More
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No-Fault Divorce in Minnesota: What You Need to Know

No-fault divorce has been around in Minnesota since 1974,  and the term is familiar to most people. Yet most people don’t think about what “no-fault” divorce means until they are in the process of seeking a divorce themselves. Let’s talk a l… Read More
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Why is Divorce Trial So Expensive?

There is an old joke that goes, “How much does a good divorce lawyer cost?” The answer: “Far less than a bad one.” The joke is funny because it’s true, but it’s true on more levels than most people realize. The implication of the joke is… Read More
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Divorce Settlement Agreement vs. Divorce Trial

There are two ways to get a divorce in Minnesota: reach a settlement agreement sometimes called a Marital Termination Agreement at some point in the divorce process, or go to trial. Many people enter the divorce process in a state of heightened emoti… Read More
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Personal Property Arbitration in Divorce

It’s not surprising that people fight over their children in divorce. And it’s not surprising that they fight over big assets, like the house or retirement funds. (It’s not good, but it’s not surprising). But it IS  surprising how often peop… Read More
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How to Stay Married

It might seem counterintuitive for a divorce attorney to want to give advice on how to stay married. After all, as family law attorneys, most of our business comes from people who are ending their marriages. When a divorce is necessary, we get a cert… Read More
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Many factors can complicate a divorce, but the goal of both spouses is usually to get through the process with as little stress and drama as possible. That’s why roughly 95% of divorces settle; people would prefer to avoid an ugly court battle (and… Read More
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Even the best parents have insecurities about how they are performing in that role. It’s easy to wonder if you are being too strict, or too lenient, a helicopter parent or a neglectful one, putting too much pressure on your kids, or not encouraging… Read More
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Most divorce lawyers will tell you that getting a divorce without a lawyer is a terrible idea. Now, coming from people who make their living helping people get divorced, that advice might sound self-serving—but it’s often right. Sometimes, the mo… Read More

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