Moss and Barnett Advocate  Spring-Summer 2023
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"Sick and Safe Leave" Policies on the Rise at City and State Levels

By Megan J. Renslow

The City of Bloomington is the most recent Minnesota city to pass an ordinance requiring certain employers to offer paid sick leave to covered employees. While Bloomington’s Earned Sick and Safe Leave (“ESSL”) Ordinance was adopted almost one year ago, it took effect on July 1, 2023. Now, eligible workers in Bloomington can earn up to 48 hours of paid sick leave per year.


The cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Duluth have adopted ESSL Ordinances, and the Minnesota legislature recently passed the Earned Sick and Safe Leave law, which takes effect on January 1, 2024. MORE >

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Estate Planning for the Cohabiting Couple 

By Kelsey M. Scanlan

In 1950, approximately 80% of U.S. households consisted of married couples. That number steadily declined in the following decades, and in 2020, the marriage rate hit an all-time low of 49%. 


More adults are choosing to delay marriage or forego it altogether. But without proper planning, in the eyes of the law, unmarried partners might as well be complete strangers. They will not inherit from one another upon death, have control over medical or financial decisions in the event of incapacity, or receive any tax benefits — during life or at death — as a result of their relationship. MORE >

Cannabis Legalization Creates New Challenges for Minnesota Employers

Cannabis Legalization Creates New Challenges for Minnesota Employers


By Craig A. Brandt

Minnesota employers face additional workforce challenges with the legalization of recreational cannabis for adults on August 1, 2023. Like employers in the 23 other states that have now legalized recreational cannabis, Minnesota employers will need to reevaluate their employment practices, polices, and procedures based on Minnesota’s law change

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Advocate Spring Summer 2023
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Mary Frances Price

Elder Law Attorney

Practice Area: 

Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation

Contact: 

lawmoss.com/people-mary-frances-price

MaryFrances.Price@lawmoss.com   

612-877-5280

Mary Frances is an experienced VA Accredited Elder Law Attorney who focuses her practice on serving individuals and families who are establishing an estate plan, revising an existing estate plan, or dealing with the legal, medical, and financial impacts of aging, chronic illness, and disability. Her practice includes advising on Medicare, Medicaid, veterans benefits, long-term care insurance, estate and tax planning, as well as asset protection for families and individuals with disability and long-term care expenses. MORE >

Advocate Alerts

Moratzka Decides Century-Old Plat not Subject to Marketable Title Act

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently held, In the Matter of the Application of Timothy D. Moratzka, Trustee, that public interests dedicated by plat are not subject to Minnesota’s Marketable Title Act, Minn. Stat. § 541.023 (“MTA”).


An owner of lake resort property initiated a Torrens proceeding to register title to a small strip of land platted in 1911 as a “public road” “dedicate[d] to the public use forever." No road was ever constructed on such strip, and it had instead been left as a sandy beach. MORE >

Hennepin County Addressed at SCOTUS

The Supreme Court of the United States recently ruled on a case from Minnesota. Geraldine Tyler, a 92-year-old Hennepin County resident, accumulated approximately $15,000 in unpaid real estate taxes on her condominium. The County seized her condo and sold it for $40,000, keeping the excess $25,000. Tyler argued that the County had unconstitutionally retained the excess value of her home in violation of the Takings Clause of the Fifth Amendment and the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment. The District Court dismissed for failure to state a claim, and the Eighth Circuit affirmed. MORE >

The Uniform Electronic Wills Act 

Today, many legal and financial documents are considered valid and enforceable when signed or notarized electronically. In Minnesota, wills have been an exception due to certain witness and signatory formalities which, until now, were required to occur physically, in writing.


On March 31, 203, Governor Walz signed the Uniform Electronic Wills Act (the Act). The new law, which took effect on August 1, 2023, expands Minnesota's existing statutes in such a way that permits wills to be created, witnessed, and notarized electronically. MORE >

Noncompete Agreements Banned in Minnesota: Action Items for Employers 

Minnesota legislators made sweeping changes to Minnesota law regarding the enforceability of employee covenants not to compete with the passage of Minnesota Session Laws 2023 – Chapter 53 that Governor Walz signed into law on May 24, 2023. An employee covenant not to compete is broadly defined to include any agreement that restricts a Minnesota employee from working in a specified geographic area or for a similar employer after termination of employment.


This new law will make the following three major changes to Minnesota law that impacts employers. MORE >

Peter J. Kaiser and Taylor D. Sztainer Appointed Adjunct Directors to Moss & Barnett Board of Directors

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Peter J. Kaiser

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Taylor D. Sztainer

Moss & Barnett is pleased to announce that Peter J. Kaiser and Taylor D. Sztainer have been appointed Adjunct Directors to the firm’s Board of Directors effective July 1, 2023. Adjunct directors are shareholders who serve as non-voting members of our board of directors for one year. The adjunct director program is intended to train future leaders of the firm. MORE >

James J. Vedder Elected President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML-MN)

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James J. Vedder

Moss & Barnett is pleased to announce that shareholder and family law attorney, James J. Vedder, was elected President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML MN). Jim’s term as President began on June 7, 2023, and will run for two years. MORE >

Moss and Barnett in the Community

Responsible Disposal, Positive Impact: Our Partnership with PCs for People

Moss & Barnett continually seeks to contribute to our community in meaningful ways. This year, we found a unique opportunity to give back while also maintaining our commitment to responsible asset management. We are in the process of upgrading our technology infrastructure, and rather than simply disposing of old servers, networking equipment, and other computer peripherals, we have chosen to donate these items to PCs for People, an organization that can put our old tech to excellent use.

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Equipment donated to PCs for People pictured with Office Services Specialist Erik M. Tonder.

Moss & Barnett Congratulates

Our Lawyers Listed in 2022 Super Lawyers

and Rising Stars*

With special congratulations to Susan Rhode, listed on the Top 10, Top 50 Women, and Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers lists for 2023; Jana Aune Deach, listed on the Top 50 Women and Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers lists for 2023; and Jim Vedder, listed on the Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers list for 2023.

Cindy J. Ackerman

Cindy J. Ackerman

Bradley R. Armstrong

Bradley R. Armstrong*

Kevin M. Busch

Kevin M. Busch

Lindsay L. Case

Lindsay L. Case*

Jana Aune Deach

Jana Aune Deach

Aaron A. Dean

Aaron A. Dean

Kelly C. Engebretson

Kelly C. Engebretson*

Maggie H. Garborg

Maggie H. Garborg*

Brian T. Grogan

Brian T. Grogan

Chelsy M. Jantsch

Chelsy M. Jantsch*

Aylix K. Jensen

Aylix K. Jensen*

Brittney M. Jones

Brittney M. Jones*

John P. Kennedy

John P. Kennedy*

Susan A. King

Susan A. King

Mary Frances Price

Mary Frances Price

Susan C. Rhode

Susan C. Rhode

John M. Schmid

John M. Schmid*

Taylor D. Sztainer

Taylor D. Sztainer*

Bryant D. Tchida

Bryant D. Tchida

James J. Vedder

James J. Vedder

Patrick T. Zomer

Patrick T. Zomer*

Minneapolis, MN
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St. Cloud, MN
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