Viewpoints

Sun
19
Apr

It’s in your court: Please pardon my legalese

Judge Steve Halsey
Wright County District Court

 “My opponent’s ex parte motion for relief pendente lite is improperly brought and must be dismissed sua sponte and with prejudice,” argues the lawyer. Huh? Twenty words, six in Latin, completely incomprehensible legalese to all but Latin-speaking lawyers and judges. Surveys have shown that a significant percentage of citizens who have appeared in court, whether on a divorce matter, speeding ticket, or on jury duty, have no idea what just happened. Judge Dennis Duggan of Albany, New York, spoke at a family law conference for Minnesota judges and has been an outspoken critic of the use of “legalese” in the courtroom. In a 2006 article entitled, “When Judges Talk, Why No One Listens,” Judge Duggan lists 100 legal terms that lawyers used in his courtroom over a 3-week period. Here are a few:

 

Thu
16
Apr

Is a low-snow winter a good thing?

Compared to the average winter, the one we just had was a real laugher. Snowfall was way below average, and I am taking credit for it! That’s because, while remembering the snowy winter of 2013-2014, I took the plunge and bought a new snow blower last November. I was going to be ready for any blizzard that might come our way.

Wed
15
Apr

Priorities for the second half of the session

State Rep. Connie Bernardy
Dist. 41A

At the state legislature, we've started the second half of session and it's now time to start setting priorities. By the time we adjourn on May 18, a two-year budget will have been passed. It's my hope that we'll develop legislation that brings our differences together. Here are some of the bills I've been bringing people together on from both sides of the aisle:

Wed
15
Apr

How we can help fill the ‘skills gap’

This session many committees, including the Senate E-12 Budget Division, which I chair, have heard a great deal of testimony about the growing importance of vocational and technical education. We’ve also heard about the need for high schools to continue to offer or expand their technical educational offerings. There are thousands of good-paying jobs in technical fields in many communities across the state. There are several bills working their way through committees that address the need for more skilled workers to fill these jobs.

Tue
14
Apr

Time to recognize—and stop—distracted driving

Department of Public Safety
State of Minnesota
 

Tue
14
Apr

You can’t fight City Hall, but can you appeal to the IRS?

Money Management
MNCPA

Mon
13
Apr

DNR Q & A: How to identify natural springs

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources field staff, resource managers and the DNR Information Center staff answer many questions every day about natural resources topics. Here is one of them:
Q. I heard the DNR is gathering a list of springs across the state. How will I know a spring when I see one, and how can I report its location?

 

Sun
12
Apr

The state found your lost wallet, but we aren’t going to tell you

State Rep. Joe Atkins
District 52B

State holds record $650 million in lost funds with no requirement to tell owners

Sun
12
Apr

Mailman and hero

Andy Twedt
community columnist

Thu
09
Apr

Catch-up strategies to close retirement-savings gap

Your Financial Future

Financial Planners Association of Minnesota

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