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October 2019 Archives

Community service sentences promote inequity, study says

Many people in Minnesota see community service sentences as a humane alternative to hefty fines or jail time, especially for people living in poverty and convicted of relatively minor matters. However, one study contests the idea that these sentences improve people's lives. A report issued by UCLA's Labor Center and School of Law says that community service sentences for criminal convictions can also have serious negative impacts, especially on low-income communities and communities of color, much like other aspects of the criminal justice system.

How trusts can help nontraditional families in estate planning

Fewer than half of all families follow the traditional structure of a father, and mother and their children, but estate planning documents often do not reflect this shift. Families in Minnesota may need to make changes to traditional estate planning documents to suit their own situations.

Minnesota Supreme Court changes vehicle forfeiture rules

Here in Minnesota, police can seize a vehicle on the spot under certain circumstances. For instance, if police stop you for your third DUI offense within the last 10 years, they can take possession of your vehicle before even leaving the scene. Police can keep your vehicle until the conclusion of the criminal proceedings.

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