How Contractors Can Protect Themselves with Better Contracts

By |March 29, 2019|

Working as a contractor in the construction industry can mean that you do a lot of work for homeowners and property managers. From repairing damages that result from storms to helping people remodel and update properties, your job helps people maintain or increase their property value. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a job well done when you have helped…

Denver’s Green Building Ordinance And What It Means For You

By |January 7, 2019|

On October 29, 2018, the City of Denver approved the Green Buildings Ordinance; it took affect November 2, 2018. The new ordinance is modeled after a Toronto law and is one of the first of its kind for US cities. Denver now requires new roofs and roof replacement to comply with certain green building requirements. These requirements apply to both…

Mechanic’s Liens In Minnesota

By |December 10, 2018|

handles all aspects of mechanic’s liens throughout the State of Minnesota and elsewhere. Mechanic’s liens in Minnesota can be technically demanding, require proper documentation, precise timing, careful attention to detail, and depending on the project or property, can be complex. provides advice and assistance, including drafting and serving the appropriate notices, filing and serving the appropriate lien documents, as well…

Construction Defect Litigation: Mold and Asbestos Issues

By |May 2, 2018|

Your home is probably the biggest and most exciting investment you will make in your lifetime.  To help protect this investment, contractors who do work on your home in Minnesota are required to provide certain services.  These include (1) completing the work property; (2) providing certain statutory warranties; (3) building to code; and (4) creating a habitable temperature-controlled environment.  Most…

Construction Defect Litigation: Construction Delays

By |January 29, 2018|

When a declarant, developer, general contractor, or subcontractor works on a property, they are required to do their work correctly. This means following building codes and product manufacturer’s instructions, and using the skill and care one would expect a reasonably prudent builder to use. Errors and resulting damages arising from improper work must be properly repaired. If a builder refuses…

Do You Have Water Intrusions or Mold in Your Newly-Built Home?

By |December 20, 2017|

You finally accomplished your goal and dream of having your own custom-built home. You worked hard so that you would be financially comfortable taking on a new builder’s mortgage loan. You scouted out properties for the house and even helped design the layout using a software program. Selecting the cabinetry, roofing, carpeting, and paint was exhilarating. Then came move-in day…

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

By |March 22, 2021|

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…

Additional Minnesota Statutes Concerning Homeowners Associations

By |February 1, 2021|

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”)…

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

By |January 25, 2021|

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 Business Owners Need Confidentiality and Proprietary Rights Agreements

By |August 3, 2020|

At Smith Jadin Johnson, we represent a wide variety of businesses. In doing so, our firm often discovers that clients have key employees that are aware of the business’s confidential information and yet no protections are in place for preserving that information. This creates the risk that a key employee may leave the business and take the business’s confidential information…


By |April 6, 2020|

The Federal Government has passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) to help small businesses cope with the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The CARES Act includes both low-interest forgivable payroll protection loans through the Payroll Protection Program (“PPP”) and Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL). Payroll Protection Program The PPP was enacted as…

Business Owners – COVID-19 Update!

By |March 20, 2020|

The novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 has become a global pandemic and will change business as we know it for the foreseeable future. It will almost certainly throw the global economy into a recession as people start adapting to social isolation and containment procedures. Business owners may be asking themselves whether insurance will cover lost business income caused by COVID-19.…

Buy/Sell Agreement – A Necessity for Every Privately Held Business with Multiple Owners

By |January 15, 2020|

A properly drafted buy/sell agreement for privately held businesses with multiple owners avoids the risk of costly litigation that can occur when a co-owner departs from the business. The following scenario is an example of the financial risk in not having a buy/sell agreement in place: A business owner (“Buyer”) needs representation in the buyout of her business partner (“Seller”).…

Eleven Tips to Avoid Litigation

By |June 7, 2018|

If you are a business owner, you need to make sure that all of your customers, employees, and business contacts are happy. For better or worse, more and more people turn to lawyers when things don’t go the way that they expect. Litigation can be quite costly, both in terms of money and time, so you should do everything that…


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