Back To School – Watch Out for School Buses

August 29, 2023  |  Adriel B. Villarreal

Our children’s safety is probably one of the most critical aspects of road safety, especially during their daily commute to and from school. School buses play a vital role in providing a safe and convenient means of transportation for students. Unfortunately, accidents can still happen, and there are moments when children have been injured while waiting for or boarding the school bus. As the new school year begins, it’s essential to understand the laws and guidelines related to school buses. Continue reading our blog as we discuss some tips to help you watch out for school buses. Stop for School Buses and Be Cautious One of the most important rules to remember when driving is to stop when a school bus has its red lights flashing and the stop sign extended. This indicates that children are either boarding or exiting the bus. It’s important to give them enough space and time to do so safely. Whether you’re approaching from behind or from the opposite direction on a two-lane road, you must come to a complete stop until the lights stop flashing and the stop sign is retracted. When driving near bus stops, watch out for pedestrians and be prepared to stop. Keep a Safe Following Distance When driving behind a school bus, you…

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Fishing Break

August 16, 2023  |  Scott M. Lepak

Scott Lepak’s mother regularly viewed approaching rainstorms as opportunities to do a little quick fishing before the storm hit because, according to her, that was when the fish were really biting.  In a continued shout out to mothers who love to fish and are enthusiastic pressure system weather prognosticators, Bill Huefner and Scott Lepak hit the Mississippi River Sunday afternoon, August 13th, with a huge rain system headed their way.  Led by trusty fishing guide Tommy Steffen, Bill and Scott got in on a hot bite for smallmouth bass.  While Scott got the coveted first fish award, Bill came on strong with the biggest and last fish.  After catching and releasing 41 smallmouth in 4 hours, Scott and Bill are planning their next fishing adventure for September.          

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Why Business Owners Need Buy-Sell Type Agreements

August 10, 2023  |  Carole Clark Isakson

Most businesses are structured as a type of corporation, limited liability company, or partnership. In many cases, a small business owner will undertake to set up the entity himself, taking advantage of the online documents available at the Secretary of State’s office. However, not all the documents necessary to have a fully formed entity are available through the Secretary of State – be aware that if all you complete are Articles, you’ve only created a shell of an entity (see my prior blog on this topic). Read on to understand why business owners need buy-sell type agreements. The importance of buy-sell agreements A corporation can be fully formed by filing Articles of Incorporation, getting an Employer ID Number (EIN) and entering into Bylaws, Subscription Agreements and opening minutes of the Shareholders and Board. A limited liability company can be fully formed by filing Articles of Organization, getting an EIN, and entering into an Operating Agreement, Subscription Agreements, and opening actions of the Members (and possibly others). A partnership requires a partnership agreement and possibly public filings, depending on the type of partnership. The Secretary of State does not provide all these forms, but even if it did, for an entity with more than one owner there is another document that really should be done…

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