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Colorado: Covid-19 Safety Measures in Common Areas for Common Interest Communities

2022-02-24T14:05:43-06:00

Community associations, like all other entities in the United States, have had to learn to navigate a new landscape of COVID-19 restrictions in the past year. Associations have had to adapt to the ever-changing situation on the fly, filling in the gaps left by government guidelines and legal requirements in order to fulfill their obligation to, among others, safely maintain…

Colorado: Covid-19 Safety Measures in Common Areas for Common Interest Communities2022-02-24T14:05:43-06:00

Preparing Minneapolis: Does Your Property Have Riot Coverage?

2022-03-01T10:06:37-06:00

Many insurance policies contain exclusions for damages associated with “civil unrest,” “riot or civil commotion,” “vandalism or malicious mischief,” or other terms meant to exclude the type of damages many Minneapolis property owners experienced as a result of rioting shortly after the death of George Floyd.  With, the trial of former Minneapolis Police Office Derek Chauvin’s underway, many local business…

Preparing Minneapolis: Does Your Property Have Riot Coverage?2022-03-01T10:06:37-06:00

Another SJJ Victory at the Minnesota Court of Appeals

2022-01-03T15:16:02-06:00

Glaros Hanson v. Midwest Inv. Servs., LLC, 2020 WL 5647239 (Minn. Ct. App. 2021)  Smith Jadin Johnson attorneys Charles Austinson and Tim Johnson recently won a case at the Court of Appeals disqualifying an attorney from representing a company against one of its clients. The case involved a limited liability company in which the plaintiff and defendant were equal owners.…

Another SJJ Victory at the Minnesota Court of Appeals2022-01-03T15:16:02-06:00

Court Orders Insurance Company to Identify Why it Denied a Claim

2022-03-01T09:59:23-06:00

Discovery disputes in litigation are usually the result of unresolved misunderstandings between the parties over the nature of the issues in dispute. Most often, discovery disputes are and should be resolved without court intervention.  Occasionally, there are bonafide discovery disputes that must be presented to the court for resolution. SJJ recently won a Motion to Compel Discovery ordering an insurer…

Court Orders Insurance Company to Identify Why it Denied a Claim2022-03-01T09:59:23-06:00

Additional Minnesota Statutes Concerning Homeowners Associations

2022-03-01T10:00:30-06:00

Many Boards and property managers are familiar with the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act, Minn. Stat. § 515B (“MCIOA”).  MCIOA is the main statute that governs and regulates most, but not all, common-interest-communities (“CICs”) in Minnesota.  While MCIOA is important, there are a handful of other statutes which Boards and managers will likely run across. The Fair Housing Act (“FHA”)…

Additional Minnesota Statutes Concerning Homeowners Associations2022-03-01T10:00:30-06:00

Why MCIOA? The Advantages of Opting into the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act

2022-03-01T10:01:41-06:00

The Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act, Minn. Stat. § 515B et seq. (“MCIOA”, pronounced “em-kai-wah”) was passed by the Minnesota legislature in 1994 in order to provide a more uniform administration of common interest communities. Subject to a few exceptions, MCIOA applies to all condominium communities in Minnesota, as well as all townhome communities formed on or after June 1,…

Why MCIOA? The Advantages of Opting into the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act2022-03-01T10:01:41-06:00

Is There a Hidden Deadline in Your Homeowners Policy?

2022-03-01T09:55:50-06:00

In prior posts, we have commented on the standard two-year time limit for suit found in many Minnesota homeowners policies that effectively serves to shorten the time in which you may make a claim for insurance proceeds. The two-year time limit for suit is generally enforceable and acts as a contractual statute of limitation. But, there are other deadlines tucked…

Is There a Hidden Deadline in Your Homeowners Policy?2022-03-01T09:55:50-06:00

SJJ Secures Another Victory for Policyholders

2022-03-01T10:02:33-06:00

SJJ attorneys already established a policyholder’s ability to recover interest on an underpaid insurance claim when the policyholder is forced to resolve it through the appraisal process in 2017 before the Minnesota Supreme Court.  Since then, some insurance companies have tried to alter their policies in an attempt to prevent policyholders from receiving interest on these underpaid claims.  

SJJ Secures Another Victory for Policyholders2022-03-01T10:02:33-06:00

Probate Part III – When Probate Should Be Avoided

2022-03-01T10:04:16-06:00

In part three of Smith Jadin Johnsons series on probate, this post discusses the scenarios when drafting a revocable trust as a client’s main estate planning device, and subsequently avoiding probate, makes the most sense. Depending on the type of estate, revocable trusts can be the preferred method of asset distribution for estates that are complex and for estates that require control over assets and/or privacy.

Probate Part III – When Probate Should Be Avoided2022-03-01T10:04:16-06:00

Dial Back, Minnesota: Effects on Homeowners Associations

2022-03-01T10:10:19-06:00

On Wednesday, November 18, 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz announced that he was dialing back Minnesota’s Stay Safe Plan for the COVID-19 pandemic. The updated plan is a reaction to a continued rise in all relevant metrics, including number of cases, rate of positive tests, and use of hospital capacity.

Dial Back, Minnesota: Effects on Homeowners Associations2022-03-01T10:10:19-06:00