Individuals


Patents: The Six Most Frequently Asked Questions

Innovation, invention, and the process of translating ideas into products and services has been, and remains, a major factor in Minnesota's economic growth. Indeed, in today's world that process has even greater importance in light of national productivity and international competitiveness. The below frequently asked questions are an introduction for inventors and entrepreneurs on how

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My Employer Discriminated Against Me Because Of My Disability

When an employer discriminates against you because of a disability, it can make you feel powerless. But know that you are not alone. The law is on your side. One option is to seek justice by pursuing a disability discrimination claim. The ADA defines a “disability” as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits

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Minnesota Anti SLAPP Statute

Minnesota’s Anti SLAPP Statute Gets Clarification Statute §§ 554.01-554.05 are considered Minnesota’s anti-SLAPP statutes. SLAPP stands for Strategic Litigation Against Public Participation. These anti-SLAPP laws allow defendant’s to file motions to dismiss against lawsuits that are filed in response to a citizen’s attempt to influence governmental projects. Examples for when an anti-SLAPP statute applies is

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Minnesota Medical Cannabis Patient Registry

Minnesota Medical Cannabis Patient Registry Program and the Task Force on Medical Cannabis Therapeutic Research The design of the Minnesota registry program will begin with a patient's diagnosis of a qualifying medical condition. Under the statute, qualifying medical conditions are cancer, severe or chronic pain, cachexia or severe wasting, glaucoma, HIV, Tourette's syndrome, amyotrophic lateral

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Parameters of Defamation

Recently former Minnesota governor Jesse Ventura filed a defamation lawsuit against Chris Kyle for statements made in Kyle’s book, “American Sniper.” In his book, Kyle stated that in 2006 he was involved in an incident with the former Minnesota governor wherein Kyle punched Ventura. Ventura claims that the fight didn’t happen and sued Mr. Kyle

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What is Fraud Under Minnesota Law?

There are many different types of fraud including check fraud, credit card fraud, internet fraud, mail fraud, charities fraud, telemarketing fraud, and tax fraud just to name a few. But, sometimes it is difficult to determine if a cause of action is fraud, a form of misrepresentation, or nothing at all. To add to the

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Invasion of Privacy: What are Your Damages

In the age of society’s obsession with sharing everything in blog posts, Facebook comments, and 140 character tweets right to privacy still remains an ingrained part of America’s consciousness. The public’s outrage over the NSA scandal is evidence of this. But, what are your damages for an invasion of your privacy? It is fairly rare

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Minnesota Women’s Economic Security Act

On Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed into law the Women’s Economic Security Act, providing a variety of new protections and remedies for employees and new requirements for Minnesota employers. Some of the key changes made by the Act are described below. You can access the full text of the Act

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Sustainable Forest Incentive Act: Minnesota Property Tax

Legislation passed in 2001—the Sustainable Forest Incentive Act (SFIA)—allows annual payments to be made to enrolled owners of forested land as an incentive to practice long-term sustainable forest management. To enroll in the sustainable forest incentive program, you must meet all of the following requirements: You own 20 or more contiguous acres of land in

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Class C2 Managed Forest Land: Minnesota Property Tax

This property classification, enacted in 2008, provides a reduced class rate of 0.65 percent to forested property that is subject to a current forest management (stewardship) plan and that meets other requirements. There is no minimum term of enrollment; property will receive the reduced class rate as long as it is enrolled and continues to

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Rural Preserve Property Tax Program: Minnesota Property Tax

The Rural Preserve Program provides property tax relief for qualifying owners of rural vacant land in areas where the market value of the land is being affected by development pressure, sales of recreational land or other factors. The Rural Preserve Program This fact sheet provides information to property owners regarding the eligibility requirements for the

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Green Acres (Minnesota Agricultural Property Tax Law): Minnesota Property Tax

The Green Acres Program provides property tax relief for owners of agricultural property in areas where the market value of land is being affected by development pressure, sales of recreational land, or other non-agricultural factors. Green Acres (Minnesota Agricultural Property Tax Law) This fact sheet provides information to property owners who currently have land enrolled

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Special Agricultural Homestead Property Held Under a Trust: Minnesota Property Tax

The Special Agricultural Homestead provision extends homestead status to property that is owned under a trust and farmed by the grantor, the spouse of the grantor, or a child, sibling, grandchild, or parent of the grantor or the grantor’s spouse who do not live on the farm. Homestead status mayresult in less property taxes than

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Special Agricultural Homestead Property Owned or Leased by a Qualified Entity: Minnesota Property Tax

The Special Agricultural Homestead provision extends homestead status to farms owned or leased by a qualified entity and farmed by a member of the entity who does not live on the farm. Homestead status may result in lower property taxes than property that is not homesteaded. What is a "qualified entity"? A qualified entity is

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Special Agricultural Homestead: Minnesota Property Tax

The Special Agricultural Homestead provision extends homestead status to property owners who do not live on their farm but actively farm their land or who have a spouse or a child who actively farms the land. Homestead status can result in lower property taxes than property that is not homesteaded. If the land is rented,

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Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral: Minnesota Property Tax

The Senior Citizen Property Tax Deferral Program was established to help senior citizens who were having difficulty paying their property taxes. This deferral program has the following two primary advantages for senior citizens: It limits the maximum amount of property tax you pay to 3 percent of your total household income, and It provides predictability.

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State General Levy: Minnesota Property Tax

Background During the 2001 legislative session, Minnesota enacted the first state property levy since taxes payable in 1967. The tax is only on certain properties and was enacted as part of a property tax reform law. Revenue from the tax is deposited in the state general fund. Is my property affected by state general tax?

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My House is Worth What? Minnesota Property Tax

An appraisal is an estimate of property value based on historical data at a set point in time – January 2 of each year – and the market can change dramatically by the time the property is sold. For example, consider a property valued at $180,000 as of January 2, 2007. This assessment is based

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Market Value Exclusion on Homestead Property of Disabled Veterans: Minnesota Property Tax

This program provides a market value exclusion for property tax purposes for the homestead property of an honorably discharged veteran who has a service-connected disability rating of 70 percent or higher, surviving spouses of qualifying veterans and service members, and primary family caregivers of qualifying veterans. What is the fair market exclusion? The program provides

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Special Homestead Classification: Class 1b Minnesota Property Tax

Special Homestead Classification: Class 1b Special Homestead Classification: Class 1b provides a reduced class rate for qualifying blind/disabled property owners. Class 1b provides a reduced class rate for homestead property of any person who qualifies as blind or as permanently and totally disabled. The Class 1b blind/disabled homestead is different than other homesteads because the

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