Sjoberg & Tebelius, P.A.
Serving Minnesota & Western Wisconsin

Understanding Spousal Maintenance in Minnesota

dollar.jpgSpousal maintenance--formerly called "alimony"--can be one of the more contentious issues to resolve during a Minnesota divorce. Even the mention of spousal maintenance can wrinkle a few brows.

Because the issue of financially supporting a former spouse can be such a divisive topic, it is crucial to understand some basic information about spousal maintenance so that you can prepare and manage your expectations accordingly. 

Beware of Deceptive Trade Practices

flowers.jpgBusinesses have products and services to sell. To sell those things, they must market them and advertise them in a way that attracts consumers. However, it is critical to use caution in these efforts, as engaging in deceptive or unfair practices could result in a costly legal battle.

In Minnesota, businesses must comply with the Deceptive Trade Practices statutes. Below, we explain a few examples of common violations of these statutes and what business owners can do to avoid lawsuits.

Tips for Discussing your Estate Plan with Loved Ones

crystal ball.jpgAn estate plan is a valuable tool for any adult. It can minimize taxes, protect property, and provide critical guidance to loved ones who may otherwise struggle with making difficult decisions on your behalf.

While an estate plan is definitely useful, its effectiveness can be enhanced by discussing your plans with at least one loved one while you are still alive. Of course, this can be a difficult topic, and you may not know how to bring it up. Still, rather than delay indefinitely, consider the following suggestions for easing your way into the conversation.

Millennials: Build an Estate Plan that's Right for You


Millennials are no strangers to personalized options, from customizing pop flavors at the movie theater to working in a freelance capacity that provides the freedom to choose professional projects.

It makes sense, then, to have personalized plans for the future; this includes estate plans.

Defending Against Discrimination Claims in Minnesota

typewriter.jpgIt is illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of a person'a protected class. Doing so opens an employer up to litigation. Below, we briefly examine discrimination laws and the basic elements you should understand if you are a business owner or employer in Minnesota.

Understanding Minnesota Parenting Plans

fatherandchild.jpgWhen people divorce, there are many uncertainties about the next chapter. They need to consider where they will live, whether they will need to get a new job, and what they will do with their newfound freedom. There can be a lot to experience, as well as some difficult lessons to learn.

This can be especially true if you are divorcing as a parent. There is often uncertainty when parents go from being married and raising a child, to divorced and sharing custody. However, you do not have to go blindly into the situation; you can create a comprehensive parenting plan that serves as a valuable guide as you both move forward.

Attorney's tenacity results in positive resolution of challenging estate administration

Attorney's tenacity results in positive resolution of challenging estate administration

The Situation: Three years ago, a couple was referred to Mark Tebelius because they were grappling with some very difficult circumstances. Their 48-year-old son had died tragically, leaving children from two prior marriages. The decedent had no estate plan, and had made no beneficiary designations on any of his numerous financial assets. On top of that, his most significant personal property was being stored on a friend's property, and the friend now claimed it had all been gifted to him.

Minnesota Business Owners: What to Know about Contract Breaches

StockSnap_SEVPWIOFCM (1).jpgContracts are the backbone of successful businesses. They set rules, expectations, and penalties; they define relationships and allow parties to work confidently in the pursuit of shared goals. 

If a party is accused of breaching a contract, then there can be considerable consequences for both sides personally, professionally, and financially. Because of all that is at stake in these situations, it is vital for business owners to know what options they have in the event of an alleged breach of contract.

Do the People Named in your Estate Plan have these Traits?

checkmarks.jpgSelecting someone to act on your behalf should you become incapacitated or pass away can be a difficult decision. Though most people choose a spouse, an adult child, sibling or parent to fill these roles, the decision is completely up to you.

Employers: Do you Conduct "Stay Interviews?"

Brainstorming.jpgNo employer wants to lose talented, effective employees. Not only is it disappointing to lose a valued worker, but it can also cost more to hire and train someone to take that person's place than it is to retain the employee. 

That is why some Minnesota employers are now conducting "stay interviews," in an effort to retain valuable employees. 

Client Testimonials

Client Testimonials

  1. “Thank you for providing personalized professional services to us during a time of grief and loss when family relationships were not the best. With an attorney on board to help manage legal matters, everyone had confidence that the best was being done. ”

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  2. “Our estate plan was handled well. We never felt rushed and all details were fully explained. Sam is very professional, easy to talk to and experienced in all aspects of estate planning. He gave examples and explored alternatives for us to consider. Well done and thanks.”

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  3. “I was given the name of the law firm by a family friend after helplessly pilfering through endless names on websites. I am grateful I called. I was connected with Dave Meier immediately and from the go, was treated with dignity, care and respect. Every visit to the firm was pleasant and professional. ”

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  4. “We were highly impressed upon the level and capability of Sjoberg & Tebelius. They gently showed us that there was much more to achieving the Will in the correct format that will protect our children than the quick attempts we had made on our own. Great people to work with - achieving our desired results!”

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Over 30-years of experience Serving Minnesota & Western Wisconsin

Sjoberg & Tebelius, P.A.

Woodbury Office
2145 Woodlane Drive
Suite 101
Woodbury, MN 55125

Fax: 651-738-0020
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Minneapolis Office
900 IDS Center (By Appointment Only)
Minneapolis, MN 55402

Toll Free: 888-892-7044
Phone: 651-315-8856
Fax: 651-738-0020
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