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

December 11, 2019  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

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 educational opportunities, and a scholarship program at the University of Wisconsin Superior. More information on the DSTA can be found at Duluth Superior Transportation Association.

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Where there’s a Will, there’s a Way

October 24, 2019  |  William F. Huefner

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 a Will, it will pass according to the Will. If there is no Will, it will pass according to Minnesota Statute. Depending on the circumstances, it may or may not pass outright to the surviving spouse. There are solutions to this problem once it is identified, such as: (1) Recording a document so that the property is titled as joint tenancy. This way, when one person dies, title to the property passes to the surviving tenant; (2) Putting a proper Will into place which will make your and…

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Rachel Schwankl Selected for Fridley Housing & Redevelopment Authority

October 21, 2019  |  Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd.

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 and redevelopment projects that create new housing opportunities. The HRA also makes use of State and Federal programs to provide housing rehabilitation assistance to those that qualify. Examples of State programs include the First Time Home Buyer Program, the Minnesota Fix-Up Fund, and the Home Energy Fund. Federal programs include the Community Development Block Grant Program and HUD’s HOME program. Housing and Redevelopment Authority Services: Business site selection assistance; Local tax structure and tax increment financing districts data and analysis; Guidance on available City programs and other programs for various types of projects;…

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