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Welcome!  Thank you for visiting.  

Cynthia Kirchoff is a counselor, adviser, and resource for municipalities, businesses, individuals, and families throughout Minnesota.

Following is a small sample of the legal matters that she handles:

  • Estate planning for individuals and families.
  • Workplace investigations for Minnesota cities.
  • Land use and zoning matters for Minnesota cities and counties.

What’s new?

Land Use Law:

Now offering Land Use Law Training for Minnesota cities.  Click here to read about the training available for the Summer/Fall 2016 session.

Minnesota cities must allow “granny pods” beginning September 1st.  To learn more about the new statute, visit here.

LUM LogoLand Use Matters is a membership program created especially for Minnesota cities.  To find out more, click here.  What is it?  It’s an exclusive membership program for Minnesota cities created for the purpose of discussing Minnesota land use law, including planning, zoning, and environmental matters.  Click here to apply.

Employment Law:

The EEOC Select Task Force on the Study of Harassment in the Workplace recently released its report.

The U.S. Department of Labor published a final OT rule.  For more information, click here.

The EEOC has published guidance on leave as a reasonable accommodation under the ADA.  Read more about the guidance here.

Estate Planning:

Minnesota was the very last state to pass a law allowing Pet Trusts.  A Pet Trust may be created to provide for the care of an animal alive during the settlor’s (person creating the trust) lifetime and must terminate when the animal dies or if the trust is for more than one animal, when the last animal dies.  See Chapter 111 of the 2016 Session Laws.

Minnesota adopted the Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act.  It takes effect August 1, 2016.  Digital assets are pictures, documents, social media accounts, websites, and email accounts.  Access to digital assets is governed by service agreements rather than property law, which creates a problem when Internet users die or are unable to manage their affairs.  However, you can specify in your will, trust, or power of attorney who may access to your digital assets.  The new statute is in Chapter 111 of the 2016 Session Laws.