BGS Attorney Dave Schaps awarded Roseville Area Optimist Club’s 2019 “Optimist of the Year”

On February 14th, 2020, BGS Attorney Dave Schaps was awarded the Roseville Area Optimist Club’s 2019 “Optimist of the Year.” Dave is a charter member and serves as the Club Secretary on the Club’s Board of Directors. The Roseville Area Optimist Club started in January of 2016 with 19 Charter members with the goals of professional development, communication, and serving local youth in the community. It has since grown to approximately 145 members, who participate in a monthly lunch meeting with a speaker. Dave also is responsible for all of the Club’s communications and did pro bono work to launch the Club’s first ever book, “Voices of Optimism,” which features over 65 stories from the membership on optimism. His efforts were celebrated for his professionalism..

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BGS Attorney Carole Clark Isakson Elected to Duluth Superior Transportation Association’s Board of Directors

Congratulations to BGS attorney Carole Clark Isakson who recently started her one year term on the board of directors for the Duluth Superior Transportation Association (DSTA). The DSTA has been around for a long time – 76 years in fact! As noted by the DSTA, it is comprised of over 100 active members as well as a number of active retired members, with backgrounds as diverse as the industries they represent. Members come from aerospace, rail, trucking, logistics, and maritime industries, in addition to manufacturers, commercial shippers, supply chain managers, government agencies and more. As a member of the BGS Transportation Department, Isakson fits in well on the DSTA board of directors. The DSTA promotes transportation in the Duluth Superior region through public events, member..

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Where there’s a Will, there’s a Way

Many people in Minnesota are married. Many of those same people own a home, cabin, farm, hunting land or other real estate and many of our clients think that because both the husband and wife have their names on the deed, that the survivor simply become the sole owner of the real property upon the death of their spouse. This is incorrect. In order for title to real estate to pass to the surviving spouse, they must own the property as Joint Tenants. If the title does not list husband and wife as Joint Tenants, then the default is Tenants in Common. This means that when one owner dies, their interest in the property is subject to a probate court proceeding. If the Decedent has..

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Rachel Schwankl Selected for Fridley Housing & Redevelopment Authority

Rachel Schwankl, Real Estate Paralegal at Barna, Guzy & Steffen, was recently appointed to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (“HRA”) in Fridley, MN. According to the City website, “In 1947, the Minnesota Legislature created the Municipal Housing and Redevelopment Act, which authorized cities to create Housing and Redevelopment Authorities (HRAs) charged with improving “substandard conditions” characterized by “dilapidation, obsolescence, overcrowding and faulty arrangement or design of buildings and improvements.” Fridley’s HRA was established in 1965 and today plays an active role in developing and redeveloping the City. HRA projects are designed to enlarge the tax base, create jobs, and create vital, attractive businesses in blighted or underdeveloped areas of the City. The HRA is empowered to carry out housing rehabilitation programs..

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Minnesota Deed Registry Tax Update

The Minnesota Department of Revenue recently announced a change to how Deed Taxes are calculated, effective for deeds recorded in Minnesota beginning January 1, 2020. While the minimum deed tax amount remains $1.65 for non-exempt transactions, the threshold or minimum net consideration was increased from $500.00, to $3,000.00. See Minnesota Statute 287.21(b). Connect with a professional Real Estate attorney at Barna, Guzy & Steffen in Coon Rapids, MN for all of your real property legal needs.

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