Bryan Zlimen

Small Claims Court Limit Raised

07.25.2014
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Up to $15,000 in most cases

Conciliation court, also called “Small Claims” court, can be an inexpensive and simple way to convert collectibles into judgments.  Beginning August 1st, conciliation plaintiffs will be able to claim up to $15,000 in most cases.   For plaintiffs in consumer credit matters, the maximum claim will remain at $4,000.00.  See Minnesota Statutes § 491A.01, subd. 3a.

Conciliation court is a less expensive and less formal type of court in which parties generally appear without an attorney.  Individuals are allowed to represent […]

What happens when a small business owner dies or gets divorced?

06.2.2014
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A client recently asked, what happens to small businesses upon the death or divorce of an owner?  What documents should be in place prior to those events to smooth an ownership transition?  These questions can have many different answers depending on the facts of a specific situation, but here’s a general overview of the process, consequences, and ways to control ownership of a business if a death or divorce occurs:

 What happens to a small business if an owner dies?

The answer depends on the type of business.  If the business is a sole proprietorship […]

Using Affidavits of Collection for Small Estates

04.21.2014
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Using Affidavits of Collection for Small Estates
Ordinarily, property belonging that is owned by a deceased person, but is in the possession of a third party (e.g. funds kept in a bank account) must be collected by a Personal Representative who has been appointed through the probate process.  In some cases, however, assets may be collected without going through the probate process.  When a deceased person’s estate has fewer than $50,000.00 in assets and does not contain real estate, those administering the estate may be able to collect assets from third parties by using […]