Hablamos Español
Local: 612-444-5604
Toll Free: 888-528-4009
Hablamos Español

Minnesota Law Blog

4 common misconceptions about adoption

November is national adoption awareness month. Across America, more than 100 million people have been personally involved in adoption or know someone who has, according to the National Council for Adoption.

Whether you've adopted a child, are considering adopting or are exploring adoption services during pregnancy, this important topic hits home in a big way. Adoption provides a tremendous opportunity for families to grow beyond the bounds of blood ties. It gives children of all ages a new life with a loving family.


As my generation, "the baby boomers" ages, we are proud to see our children marry, and we relish the prospect of having grandchildren. We have eaten sensibly, exercised, and remain active. We have contributed to 401 K funds in order to enjoy retirement, and we look forward to spending time with our grandchildren! Many of us have fantasized about taking our grandchildren to Disneyworld, or Yellowstone. Sadly, not every marital situation is forever. What do we do if our children separate from their spouses down the road? Do we have rights to visit our grandchildren if our worst fears materialize and our children divorce, or even worse, we outlive the child who was the parent of our grandchildren.

Family Court matters, including grandparent rights, are usually decided in State Courts. However, the United States Supreme Court, surprisingly became involved in this heart wrenching situation, and their ruling has given us some guidance. A majority of the Justices opined that any visitation granted to grandparents, cannot interfere with the parent child -relationship. The United States Supreme Court made it abundantly clear, in the case of Troxel v. Grandville, 530 U.S. 57 (2000 ), that fit parents, are presumed to act in their children's best interest. This is true, even when parents cut their children off from contact with other family members.


Are There Unnecessary Safety Requirements For Self-Driving Cars?

Have we become too reliant on technology? Do we trust the next big thing too quickly? Maybe, says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. But maybe not.

In a recent report, the NHTSA commented that they are making the effort to identify and remove any “unnecessary regulatory barriers” to self-driving cars. They will be carefully examining barriers that exist in relation to self-driving vehicles that are not equipped with controls for a human driver. This period of research, evaluation and regulatory revision could take years.

Honolulu Enacts A Law Against Distracted Walking

Yes. You read that right. Honolulu could be the first city of many to take action against distracted walkers – namely, those who are viewing electronic devices while crossing streets in the city and surrounding county. The Honolulu law allows police to fine pedestrians up to $35 for viewing the screen of their smart phone or other electronic device as they attempt to navigate a crosswalk.

City leaders hope they are setting a high bar for pedestrian safety that can be followed across the United States and the world over.

Get Ready For Winter

Midwestern drivers dread the first weather forecast that includes the phrase “wintery mix.” To those who aren’t in the know, a wintery mix means that there will be precipitation falling that is a combination of both rain and snow at the same time. As the temperature continues to drop and clouds get heavier and heavier with precipitation, drivers in Minnesota understand the importance of getting their vehicles ready for winter roads.

How Can A Traumatic Brain Injury Be Mild?

Many medical diagnoses and serious injuries can have complex names or counter-intuitive descriptions. People often get confused or misinterpret what their actual injury means. A common source of confusion is when a concussion or traumatic brain injury is labeled as “mild.”

A mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) can be misleading as the term “mild” refers to the severity of the physical trauma that led to the injury rather than the severity of the symptoms themselves. Common symptoms can include blurred vision, persistent headaches, memory impairment, ringing in the ears, sensitivity to light, sensitivity to sound and loss of balance. For a mild brain injury, the issues are the same as a moderate to severe brain injury.

Pedestrians Face Danger On Minnesota Roads

Pedestrian accidents most often lead to catastrophic injuries due to both the violent impact itself and the fact that pedestrians are typically wearing no protection against the collision. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for these injuries to require surgery, extensive physical therapy or, in the most extreme circumstances, to lead to death.

Data released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) notes that at least 60 pedestrians were killed after being struck by motor vehicles in 2016. The previous high was 44 pedestrian deaths in 2005. The trend of pedestrian deaths seems to be on a shocking increase nationwide as the Governors Highway Safety Association estimated that the figure saw an 11 percent increase from 2015 to 2016. Nearly 6,000 pedestrians died in crashes across the United States in 2016.

How Deadly Are Trench Collapses?

While most people understand that construction sites are among the most dangerous work environments, they might not realize where the hazards actually come from. A significant portion of work accidents and construction fatalities are the result of falls from height – falling from a ladder, scaffold collapse or poorly secured railings. However, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), two workers are killed every month in trench collapses.

Distracted Driving: Tips From The Minnesota DPS

Whether anecdotally, on news reports, in movies or stories told by friends and family, distracted drivers are to be feared and avoided. Unfortunately, distractions are so common – and the activities are so minute – that we all fall victim to distractions in our own cars.

The first step toward eradicating this danger on the road is to understand what distractions actually are – and work to avoid them.

Minnesota Teen Crash Statistics

Across the country, drivers are in danger of getting into often-serious accidents. Numerous factors can increase the likelihood of a serious accident such as drunk drivers, distracted drivers and bad weather. Teen drivers, however, remain an at-risk segment of the driving population.

Discuss Your Legal Questions With A Member Of Our Team

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Privacy Policy | Business Development Solutions by FindLaw, a Thomson Reuters business.