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MECHANIC’S LIENS IN MINNESOTA

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Monday, December 10, 2018.

Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC handles all aspects of mechanic’s liens throughout the State of Minnesota and elsewhere.  Mechanic’s liens in Minnesota can be technically demanding, require proper documentation, precise timing, careful attention to detail, and depending on the project or property, can be complex.  Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC provides advice and assistance, including drafting and… Read more »

Duty to Cooperate in Property Damage Claims

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Tuesday, October 30, 2018.

An insurance policy is a contract that is binding and enforceable on both the policyholder and the insurance company. Within the policy, both parties have certain obligation and duties. The “duty to cooperate” is one of the most important policyholder duties. From a practical viewpoint, the duty to cooperate requires the policyholder to allow an… Read more »

Great decision in connection with an insurance bad faith claim

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Friday, October 5, 2018.

SJJ attorney Chris Drake recently received a great decision from the Colorado Federal Court in connection with an insurance bad faith claim where the insurance company was trying to move the case from State to Federal court.  The case was originally filed in state court and later removed by the insurance carrier to federal court.  Following… Read more »

Reserve Studies are not Preventative Maintenance Plans

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

In 2017, the Minnesota legislature made several changes to the Minnesota Common Interest Ownership Act, Minn. Stat. 515B (“MCIOA”), the law governing most homeowner associations in Minnesota.  One of these changes requires that associations adopt and distribute a formal Preventative Maintenance Plan (“PMP”) by January 1, 2019.  For more information on the specifics of these… Read more »

SJJ Welcomes Chris Drake to our Colorado Office

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Monday, August 6, 2018.

Smith Jadin Johnson would like to welcome Chris Drake to the firm. Chris is an experienced litigator with years of experience in construction, insurance, and community association law. Chris has won several significant cases representing both individuals and business owners in construction and insurance disputes. His experience and leadership are sure to be a great… Read more »

SJJ Expands to Colorado

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Wednesday, August 1, 2018.

Smith Jadin Johnson is proud to announce that today it opened a second office location in Colorado.  SJJ has served Colorado clients from its Minnesota location for the past few years, but will now have an office just a few minutes north of Denver.  We will continue to serve our Colorado clients in our primary… Read more »

Creating an Annual Inventory of Your Home for Insurance Purposes

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Thursday, July 12, 2018.

No one can predict when you will experience damage to your property from a fire, flood or other unexpected event. When it is time to make a claim to your insurance company for damage to your property, your insurer will almost certainly request a personal property inventory that will include a description of the property,… Read more »

Filing and Defending Your Theft and Vandalism Insurance Claim

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Wednesday, June 20, 2018.

Property insurance is something that anyone owning property should have. Insurable property includes your home, vehicle, and personal possessions that you own. Property insurance is intended to compensate you for the loss of your property in event of an accidental and unintended event to help you put your life back together. Typical losses are related… Read more »

Homeowner Association Voting Rights In Minnesota

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.

Minnesota homeowners who are part of a homeowner association (“HOA”) have the right to full participation when it comes to deciding how community issues will be handled. Whether it is an in-person vote or by an absentee ballot, voting allows homeowners to make their choices count. You Have the Right to Vote Homeowners who are part… Read more »

Eleven Tips to Avoid Litigation

On behalf of Smith Jadin Johnson, PLLC posted on Thursday, June 7, 2018.

If you are a business owner, you need to make sure that all of your customers, employees, and business contacts are happy. For better or worse, more and more people turn to lawyers when things don’t go the way that they expect. Litigation can be quite costly, both in terms of money and time, so… Read more »