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October driving hazards to watch out for

With September coming to a close, fall has come into full-swing in Minnesota. Though autumn does not typically have high motor vehicle accident and fatality rates as the summer or winter, the season still has numerous road obstacles that could put local drivers in serious danger. October is the month where motorists will begin to experience these seasonal changes the most, so it is important for you to be aware of these threats so you can adjust your driving accordingly.

What is an annulment?

While divorce is an exceedingly common option for ending a marriage, some couples in Minnesota may also seek out an annulment. This legal option is not right for everyone however and it can be difficult to meet the criteria that would render a couple eligible for an annulment. explains annulments and how to determine whether this option would be right for you.

How annulments and divorces are different

Why collaborative divorce might work for you

Collaborative divorce was created in Minnesota by an attorney named Stuart Webb. According to The New York Times, Webb was worn out by the contentious nature of divorce court proceedings, and decided he wanted to help his clients settle on more amicable terms.

With a collaborative divorce, the soon-to-be-ex spouses and their attorneys sign a contract stating they will work together to reach a peaceful resolution. The contract also stipulates if the case ends up in court, the attorneys must withdraw from the case. By having all parties sign this contract, it holds everyone accountable for reaching an amicable resolution.

How can I talk to my kids about divorce?

If you’re facing a divorce in Minnesota, talking to your kids about the matter can be one of the most difficult aspects. Communicating to your children effectively will lessen the emotional impact while also reassuring them in their time of need. offers the following tips on how to break the news to your kids.

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Wrongful death: when to act quickly

At Trenti Law Firm, we know that there are few things that place more of an emotional burden on our clients than dealing with the untimely death of a loved one. We believe that, by placing the onus for financial support on the parties whose negligence caused our clients' dismay, we are sometimes able to lessen the suffering of people who are already at the breaking point. To this end, we pursue every avenue available in the Minnesota legal system to obtain maximum compensation for our clients. 

While many wrongful death clients lose loved ones in auto accidents or from extreme injuries at the workplace, some cases are not so straightforward. This is why we tend to prepare, on a case-by-case basis, a full preliminary investigative report before we advise our clients to pursue legal action. Of course, some situations warrant more expediency. 

Drowsy driving and drunk driving not so different, study shows

Your life is becoming increasingly busy. Your boss expects you to be available around the clock. You’ve got obligations with your spouse and kids. Plus, your commute takes up two hours of each day. You’re stretched thin—leaving you with very little time to rest.

As a society, we’ve begun to view our state of constant flurry and sleep deprivation as the norm. However, it is not normal—nor is it healthy. You’ve probably heard that a lack of sleep can put you at risk for certain health conditions—such as heart disease or diabetes. But the physical consequences of sleep deprivation can actually be much more immediate than that. In today’s post, we examine why drowsy driving is more dangerous than you might expect.

Punishments for a hit and run

When two drivers are involved in a car accident, they must follow Minnesota's state traffic laws right after the crash. However, the driver that hit the other car crash might try and escape before the other driver can get a better look at their license plate or vehicle type in an attempt to avoid the legal and financial ramifications they could obtain from a motor vehicle accident.

Failure to stay around and follow Minnesota's post-accident procedures can result in hit and run charges. Drivers who are victims of car crashes should be aware of what each driver must do after an accident to keep an eye out for any negligent behavior from the other driver.

Family Law & Divorce Facts

shutterstock_488289283-300x200.jpgDid you know that under Minnesota law a divorce is known as a Dissolution of Marriage and it can take several months before all is final? However, if you and your spouse have an agreement at the onset of the case, it can be completed rather quickly. Virginia Minnesota Divorce Attorney Tracy Podpeskar can assist you in the divorce process in order to make it as efficient and painless as possible.

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