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Hired Guns: Avoid Shooting Yourself in the Foot

Mis-classifying an employee as an independent contractor can run afoul of the IRS, the Department of Labor and more. Learn more about hiring on employees or contractors!

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Van Tassel Law Firm Turns Three!

We’re turning three at Van Tassel Law Firm and are excited to continue on our journey of providing legal services to our wonderful clients.

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Before You Re-Tweet: Copyright Pitfalls for Social Media Users and Practitioners

Given the constant need for content and eye-catching visuals, it would be nearly impossible for social media practitioners and users to create every bit of content from scratch. However, one should use caution when appropriating others’ works – whether visual or written– when selecting what to post to social media. Copyright infringement carries steep penalties and fines, up to $150,000 per use if the infringement was intentional.

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Van Tassel Law Firm gets "A+" Rating from Better Business Bureau

Van Tassel Law Firm is pleased to announce that it has received a rating of "A+" from the Better Business Bureau of Minnesota and North Dakota.

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Dawn Van Tassel Named to Minnesota Super Lawyers (TM) for Fourth Consecutive Year

Firm founder Dawn Van Tassel has been named to the Minnesota list of Super Lawyers again in 2017. She was also selected by her peers to receive this designation in 2016, 2015 and 2014, her first year of eligibility. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor.

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Sick and Safe Time Ordinances Take Effect July 1

Employers with employees who work substantially in Minneapolis or St. Paul should be aware of new sick-time and safe-time requirements that go into effect July 1. Even if your company is not primarily based or headquartered within the city limits, your employees may be affected. The new laws require employers to accrue an hour of paid (in most instances) leave time that the employee can use for illness (their own or a family member’s) or in the case of domestic violence. Employees accrue one hour of leave time for each 30 hours worked.

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Why Your Business Needs a Pre-nup

When two people get engaged, they are so sure that their love will last forever. And everyone, especially their family, friends and loved ones, hopes it will! But there’s always one sane voice in the crowd – be it Aunt Edna or the family accountant – who advises the young and impetuous couple: “Get a pre-nup.”

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting … A Summons and Complaint

Most businesses do their best to stay out of court, and that can be a wise financial decision. But sometimes, efforts to resolve disputes come to naught. If you need to sue a non-paying customer, a fly-by-night vendor or an unethical competitor, or if you are unfortunately caught on the wrong side of a lawsuit, there are a few things to keep in mind.

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How Online Dating Helped Me Learn to Market

Hang in there. I know this sounds ridiculous.  I divorced my (now ex-) husband 5 years ago.  Shortly thereafter, I began a crazy adventure known as “online dating.”  I hadn’t been single since age 21.  To compare me to Margaret Mead would be an understatement.


I’d also never fully understood networking and marketing—two dirty words to me.  I found it unsavory to peddle my wares as a lawyer.  That was for the guys on billboards hocking their personal-injury and bankruptcy firms.  Not at all becoming of a sophisticated business lawyer.

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Does Your Lawyer Drive a Maserati?

I say this all the time to clients and potential clients: “The Venn diagram representing rich lawyers versus good lawyers has a very slim overlap.”


There are certainly wonderful, qualified attorneys out there who also make a good living.  They are few and far between.

Are you paying $600/hour or more for counsel in the Twin Cities?  That might be a first clue that it’s time to change lawyers.

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