MTA Convention 2018

August 8, 2018  |  Carole Clark Isakson

As they have done for many years, the members of the BGS transportation department attended the Minnesota Trucking Association’s annual conference in August. This year’s conference was held at Cragun’s resort in the Brainerd area, and BGS is proud to have been a silver sponsor of the event. To say that trucking is a significant industry is an understatement… with a very very few exceptions EVERYTHING spends time in the back of a truck. Trucks may haul goods from origin to destination, or deliver or pickup the goods from a dock, airport or railroad yard. This will not change, and as populations increase and online retailers promise ever faster delivery, the role trucks play in commerce is becoming even more critical. Where do the attorneys at BGS come in? We advise new and old trucking companies, logistics companies and freight brokers in contract and other matters. Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys help clients in the transportation industry negotiate fair contracts, comply with state and federal regulations, manage employment and other internal issues, and improve operations. We are proud to have attorneys with decades of experience in trucking!

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What are the Biggest Benefits of Having a Divorce Attorney?

July 25, 2018  |  Elizabeth A. Schading

When couples have the unfortunate task of seeking a divorce, it can be tempting to file on your own by using state provided documents or information gleaned from websites or books. While uncontested divorces and other such situations may make a ‘do-it-yourself’ divorce look like an easier solution, most individuals should consider hiring a divorce attorney to ensure that their interests are fully protected. Your Two Biggest Gains With a Divorce Attorney While there are several benefits to enlist the assistance of a divorce attorney, there are two main ones that we often ask clients to consider. Advice From an Expert Having an experienced attorney can help ensure that you retain assets during the divorce and that you don’t give up more than you should in completing the process. If your marriage has any complicated issues to settle, such as child custody and support issues, debts, assets, substantial income or something such as an inheritance, a divorce attorney can be an invaluable resource. Don’t leave your financial well-being and future up to the internet, get expert advice from an attorney that has your best interests in mind. Avoid Costly Mistakes Divorce in Minnesota can be expensive. When completing a DIY divorce, there are two main reasons that people make mistakes – the stress…

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It Is Crucial to Speak to an Attorney Before an Insurance Adjuster

July 17, 2018  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

Insurance adjusters are looking out for the best interest of only one party – their insurance company. If you are involved in an automobile accident that results in property or physical damage, you need to protect yourself and your rights. Whether it’s the at-fault driver’s insurance provider or your own, it is crucial that you speak with an attorney before you speak with any insurance company representative. Don’t Speak Directly With the Insurance Adjuster  You’re going to get calls, probably several, and when you do get those inquires, let someone else speak to them. Because anything that you say to the insurance adjuster can be used against you in court but any statements from your mother/sister/brother cannot! As such, if a property damage adjuster does call you, it is best to have a family member or friend talk to them. Have your proxy relay the name and contact information for the attorney representing you or tell them that your lawyer will be in contact with them within a few days. Keep the conversation as brief as possible, especially with an adjuster from the other side’s insurance company, and use the following guidelines: Do not agree to have the telephone call recorded. It is even a good idea to specifically state that you do…

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