High Cost of Litigation

Litigation is expensive.  In theory, one side prevails and the other side loses.  However, in many cases, both sides end up losing – in terms of time, money, and energy expended.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms such as arbitration or mediation provide means of settling a dispute in lieu of going to a jury trial.  Although not a panecea, these options may offer a faster and more cost-effective solution, depending on the circumstances of your case.

For more information, call Seeley Legal Services today.

Tel: 612-379-2440

 

# 1 Complaint Against Lawyers

Clients’ # 1 complaint against the law firm they hired is that the law firm does not inform the client of what is going on with their case.  For some lawyers this is due to incompetence.  For others, it is due to the mentality that if everything is okay, there is no need to update the client.

Regardless of the reason, clients are often frustrated because unless they are regularly informed of what is going on with their case, they come to believe that the law firm is not doing anything or that the law firm does not care enough to inform the client.

At Seeley Legal Services, we operate on a different principle.  We regularly keep in touch with our clients because we know that they want to be informed at every stage; even if nothing is happening with their case.  Call Seeley Legal Services today and experience first-class client service at affordable rates.

Tel: 612-379-2440

Good Value in These Economic Times

Millions of Americans are struggling from the Great Recession.  High unemployment, low or negative real wage growth, corporate restructuring or “downsizing” and government layoffs across the US have squeezed already tight family budgets.

Although legal problems continue to exist, folks are hesitant to spend thousands of dollars in attorney’s fees.  In return, due to this economy, some attorneys are forced to charge high fees in order to pay their own overheads and survive.  This negative cycle is becoming worse over time.

At Seeley Legal Services, we understand that our mission is to serve our clients and to provide the highest quality legal representation.  We also understand that in these lean times, clients demand and deserve not only high quality services but also affordable rates.

Call Seeley Legal Services today find out how we can help you with any legal problem you may be facing in a cost-effective, and efficient manner.  A 30 minute, initial consultation is free.

Whether your issue involves MN Family Law, or MN Business Law, or MN Personal Injury Law, we are here to help.

Tel: 612-379-2440

New Beginning

Today is the first day of June, 2012.  It is time for a fresh start.  A new beginning.  The Great Recession has caused high unemployment, lack of real wage growth, and worst of all, a sense of fear and cynicsm towards the future.

If you have a great business idea, now would be a good time to start your own company.  Changes in technology and opening of global markets have brought about profound changes in the way we work and play.  New and better ways of doing things or new and improved products that enhance our standard of living will be sought after.

However, starting a new business is not an easy task.  It takes drive, ambition, and a clear understanding of the regulatory environment.  That is why it is important to hire and work with an experienced MN Buiness Lawyer.  Compliance should be the least of your headaches.

Focus on running your business.  We will handle the legal matters.  Call today for a free, 30 minute initial consultation.

Tel: 612-379-2440

American Civil Justice System and “Tort Reform”

People talk about “ambulance chasers” and attorneys earning “easy money” by filing frivolous lawsuits.  These statements are based on a gross misconception of 1) how the American civil justice system actually works and 2) how difficult it is to prevail even in a case with a legitimate claim.

American civil justice system is adversarial, meaning that both sides have an opportunity to present evidence in support of their positions.  If a plaintiff has a  “frivolous” claim, in most situations, the case will not even make it in front of a jury.  In fact, plaintiffs’ attorneys weed out most, if not all, of the non-meritorious claims because they are paid on a contingency-basis (no recovery, no fee).  Thus, why would any rational attorney spend his or her money, time, and energy on a “frivolous” case when he or she knows, upfront, that if there is no recovery, there is no attorney’s fee?

In addition, the burden of proof is on the plaintiff.  The defense only has to create doubt, point out weaknesses and or inconsistencies – which is not very hard to do given the fact that most of the evidence is presented by live witness testimony and as many studies have shown, human beings are prone to err when it comes to recollecting an event accurately, especially if the incident happened several years ago.

The truth is that there are many more plaintiffs with legitimate claims who are not compensated than a plaintiff who wins a jury verdict jackpot with a frivolous lawsuit.  Next time you hear someone mention “ambulance chasers” or “Tort  Reform,” ask that person how many times he or she has personally tried and won a jury verdict on a frivolous case.  You can bet that the answer is a big, fat, ZERO.

Feel free to comment on this blog or call Seeley Legal Services for an in-depth discussion.

Tel: 612-379-2440

Landlord/Tenant Issues

There can be many headaches with being a tenant or a landlord in Minnesota. Disputes can arise regarding the amount of rent owed, when it must be paid, and how; issues regarding security deposit, maintenance of the unit and or complex, and who is responsible for what kind of repair, etc.

Although the situation may appear to be simple at first, it can get out of control very quickly especially given the state of our economy.  You don’t have to go through this alone.  Call now for a free, 30 minute initial consultation.  An experienced MN Real Estate Attorney will sit down with you and answer any questions you may have.  Armed with knowledge, you can then proceed with confidence and get your life back.

Tel: 612-379-2440

Getting a Divorce in Minnesota

A marriage that is not working can produce tremendous amount of tension, stress, and unhappiness for all involved.  You may be considering a divorce for a number of reasons including financial difficulties, infidelity of your spouse, or other “irreconcilable” differences . . .

What are the legal implications of getting a divorce in Minnesota?  What relevant MN Family Laws do you need to be aware of?  Would it be prudent for you to go through a divorce in MN without the help of an experienced MN Divorce Lawyer?

You may have lots of questions.  We are here to answer them.  Contact Seeley Legal Services today.

Your 30 minute, initial consultation is free.  Tel: 612-379-2440

 

Estate Planning

Nobody wants to think about dying.  However, it is a fact of life and when a person dies, his or her assets will be distributed according to applicable laws.

Without careful estate planning, assets you have worked so hard to earn your whole life may be distributed to individuals or entities (for example, the government) you did not want to include.

Wouldn’t you rather ensure that your assets go to your children, grandchildren, or charities of your choice?  Shouldn’t it be your choice?  After all, they are your assets.

Call 612-379-2440 for a free, 30 minute initial consultation.

Experienced MN Estate Planning attorney, William Seeley, is ready to serve you.

Business Owner’s Best Friend

Running a business can be one of the most challenging tasks in life.  In addition to dealing with the fallout from the Great Recession, there are a number of issues that must be addressed: marketing, payroll, keeping expenses low, and maintaining good relationships with your clients, suppliers/buyers, and colleagues.

On top of all this, you must also meet the huge challenge of successfully navtigating the complex legal and regulatory landscape.  What is the most optimal business structure for your organzation?  What licenses/permits do you need for operation of your business?  How do you hire and or fire an employee without running afoul of the law?  What about overtime, vacation, benefits, and paid time off?  If your supplier sues you for breach of contract, what do you do?  Your landlord wants to unreasonably increase rent.  Is there anything you can do to stop him/her?

Having an experienced Minnesota business lawyer on your side can make a big difference.  If you are experincing any kind of legal issue involved in running your business, give us a call.

A 30 minute, initial consultation is free.  Tel: 612-379-2440 

 

Criminal Record Expungement

In these tough economic times, competition for jobs is fierce and you want to give your prospective employer reasons to hire you over your competitors.  However, if you have a criminal record, is there anything you can do?  The answer depends on what crime(s) you have been convicted of and what type of job(s) you are applying for.

In Minnesota, there are hurdles you must go through in order to “expunge” or seal your criminal record.  You have to file a petition and obtain an approval from the court.  Going through this process on your own carries many risks.  That is why you need an experienced Minnesota criminal law attorney on your side.  We will help you fill out all of the necessary forms, gather proper documentation, and make legal and factual arguments on your behalf.

Call us for a free 30 minute consultation and find out how we can help you.

Tel: 612-379-2440