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    Brainerd, Baxter, Bemidji, Walker, Wadena, Aitkin, Crosby, Little Falls, Minnesota - Divorce & Family Law Need it done now? We handle emergency and short…

    • Divorce Guide 

      Divorce Guide Call now for a free consultation!The decision on whether or not to end a marriage is an individual and personal one. No lawyer or other…

    • Custody 

      What are the types of custody?There are two types of custody: legal and physical. Legal custody gives parents basic parental rights such as participation in…

    • Child Support 

      Child support is based primarily on the income of the parent without physical custody, but the other parent's income is also considered. If the child is with…

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      Paternity/Custody, Support, Visitation for Unmarried Parents Are the rules regarding child support, custody and visitation the same if the parents are…

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      Changing Child Support, Spousal Support, Custody and Visitation Can child support be changed? Can spousal support be changed?Child support can be changed…

    • Prenuptial Agreements 

      A prenuptial agreement is a contract signed prior to marriage by a couple. It determines rights to money, rights to property, and other issues if the couple…

    • Domestic Abuse 

      Domestic Abuse and Restraining Orders Domestic abuse is violence or threats of violence. Certain acts, including threatening physical contact and threats of…

    • Child Protection 

      Parents can be reported to Social Services for behavior that is abusive or neglectful towards their children. If Social Services determines that abuse or…

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      The Adoption Process Step Parent AdoptionWhen a child lives with a biological parent and a step parent and the other biological parent is not involved in the…

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      GLBT/Nontraditional Relationships The Ed Shaw Law Office provides respectful and compassionate legal services to same sex and non-traditional families. It is…

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    Serving Brainerd, Baxter, Bemidji, Wadena, Walker, Aitkin, Crosby, Little Falls, Staples, Long Prairie, Garrison and surrounding areas for Bankruptcy Attorney. …

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          The Law Offices of Edward R. Shaw, P.A. have been providing no nonsense bankruptcy advice in the Brainerd Lakes and surrounding areas for over 10…

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    Choose Ed Shaw Law for competent, experienced, and compassionate representation. Attorneys Edward Shaw and Andrew Wipper work hard to protect your rights and…

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        BEING CHARGED WITH A DWI IS A SERIOUS AND LIFE CHANGING EVENT.  CALL OUR SKILLED ATTORNEYS IMMEDIATELY TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS NOW!   Call…

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      About the Staff Edward ShawAttorney(218)825-7030lawyer@edshawlaw.comI have practiced law for 17 years. I truly enjoy helping people get through difficult…

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      About the Building The Ed Shaw Law Office was the 2011 recipient of the Brainerd Green Building Award! The Law Office of Attorney Edward R. Shaw is a model…

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    Brainerd MN Landlord Tenant Legal Issues Attorney Edward R. Shaw is highly experienced at handling rental disputes, representing both tenants and landlords. "…

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    Brainerd - Debt Collector Harassment   I am the only attorney in the Brainerd area who handles Fair Debt Collection Practices Act cases. I have…

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    Brainerd, MN Family Law: Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and more. Brainerd, Minnesota's Law Office of Attorney Edward R. Shaw works hard to protect your…

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    Attorney Edward R. Shaw has experience in a wide variety of civil legal matters including: Mediation Homeowner and contractor disputes, Zoning issues, Col…

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      Brainerd, MN Mediation Services from Edward R. Shaw, P.A. Mediation is a wonderful tool for working out disputes of all kinds in a cost effective and…

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      Brainerd MN Court or Judgement Appeals Legal Services The law office of Edward R. Shaw handles appeals of family court decisions, divorce judgments, orders…

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  • Category: Uncategorized  (31)
    • Family Law Mediation: Bring on the Negotiator 

      April 16, 2014, 07:22

      William Shatner on priceline, if you have not seen the ads. Mediation is where family law meets the 'negotiator.' In almost all divorce and custody…

    • Bankruptcy: How important is your credit score? 

      April 16, 2014, 06:21

      Having good credit helps, besides allowing you to borrow money, you will usually save on your insurance.  If you can, keep your credit score up.  But, if…

    • What is the first question you ask an attorney? 

      April 9, 2014, 13:21

      Are you an attorney? Sounds like a silly question.  It is not, because some people offering legal services are not licensed attorneys.  Being an…

    • Divorce or Cabin? 

      March 30, 2014, 20:16

      'Don't get a divorce, buy a cabin' says a local realtors billboard.  I have never heard of a marriage being saved by buying stuff people do not need.  In the…

    • What is custody? 

      March 17, 2014, 10:52

      What is custody? Seems like an obvious question, but many people do not know that there are two different types of custody. Joint legal custody happens in…

    • Attorney Fees 

      March 17, 2014, 09:54

      Fees are always a sensitive topic with many people asking why attorneys are expensive.  The main reason fees are high in the legal field is that it takes 7…

    • The Weak Link 

      March 3, 2014, 09:51

      Courts place a lot of weight on the reports of Guardian Ad Litems, court appointed advocates for children who investigate and report on what is best for…

    • Child Support 

      March 3, 2014, 09:49

      Two words that have generated a lot of controversy.  Clients tell me that they do not get enough support, or that they pay too much.  Bottom line, kids cost…

    • If I do not like what the judge did do I get a do over?  

      February 14, 2014, 09:52

      You have the right to appeal, which is not a do over, meaning there will not be another trial.  The Court of Appeals will look at what the trial judge, the…

    • Bankruptcy Filing Benefits 

      February 10, 2014, 11:43

      Bankruptcy gets rid of all your debt, except for house or car loans if you keep the house or car, and student loans in most cases.  All other debt, credit…

    • What is a lawyer's most important job? 

      February 7, 2014, 15:09

      What is a lawyers most important job?   Hint, it is not TV style badgering of witnesses in court which only impresses judges and juries on TV,…

    • Additional Bankruptcy Benefits? 

      February 7, 2014, 15:07

      Another benefit to filing bankruptcy, get out of a bad cell phone plan.  If you are like me and not happy with the plan you have, but will get stuck with a…

    • Ed Shaw Wins Dismissal on Complaint with OAH 

      January 29, 2014, 17:10

      Today it was reported in the Brainerd Dispatch that a complaint against City Council member Gary Scheeler was dismissed by the Office of Administrative…

    • What you should expect from a divorce? 

      January 23, 2014, 09:12

      Seems like an odd question, but it is an important one I am asked all the time.  You can and should expect a fair division of the property that built up…

    • Do-it-yourself lawyering 

      January 13, 2014, 09:40

      Sounds like a great idea, do it yourself sometimes works for home and car repair, and saves a bundle, why not try it for legal work?        Experien…

    • Why do people hate divorce? 

      January 13, 2014, 09:32

      One of those questions with a simple answer.  Add the increased expenses of maintaining two households instead of 1, meaning both spouses standards of…

    • What kind of lawyer are you looking for? 

      January 13, 2014, 09:30

      Every so often a prospective client tells me that they want an attorney who is a real ____ (obscenity deleted), someone who yells, insults the other party,…

    • Traffic Stops De-Mystified. 

      December 24, 2013, 17:09

      We are in a peak season for traffic stops, here are a few myths about when the police can pull you over and what they can do when you are stopped. …

    • What to say and what not to say to the police. 

      December 24, 2013, 16:55

      When you are stopped in your car, the police have the right to check your drivers license and vehicle registration.  You should politely turn over these…

    • Holiday Divorce 

      December 16, 2013, 08:40

      Conventional wisdom, which for once is consistent with what I have seen, is that divorces go down during the holidays, and increase afterwards.  People ask…

    • Should I file Bankruptcy? 

      December 8, 2013, 19:57

      I am often asked this question by people who have debt that they cannot pay.  If you are worried about your credit, do not worry, having unpaid bills is…

    • Should I Buy Title Insurance? 

      November 29, 2013, 17:17

      Before you do consider this-homeowners and auto insurance companies pay about 80% of your premiums on claims, title insurance companies pay about 5%.  I do…

    • There is More to Bankruptcy Than Meets the Eye 

      November 26, 2013, 09:19

      Bankruptcy can seem simple, just have an attorney fill out some forms and file them.  good bankruptcies involve well prepared paperwork which will usually…

    • What Every Renter Should Know Before They Move In 

      November 18, 2013, 09:27

      In the interest of full disclosure, I am a landlord, and I manage some rental properties.  That being said, I have no patience for landlords who run…

    • Should I Stay or Should I Go? 

      November 11, 2013, 14:17

      Should I stay or should I go? Line from a classic early 80s song, and a decision many going through a divorce need to make.  If you own a home and are…

    • Unwed Fathers: What rights do you have to your kids? 

      November 6, 2013, 14:18

      "What rights do I have?"  As attorneys working in family law we get this question all of the time from fathers who were not married to their child's mother at…

    • Pick Your Battles 

      October 23, 2013, 07:47

      Way back when I was in school I remember reading Moby Dick, but do not ask me to tell you much about it.  The basic story was about a sea captain, Captain…

    • Student loan debt and bankruptcy: Changing tides? 

      October 14, 2013, 14:18

      If you have been to school you probably took out loans.  Student loan balances are at an all time high, graduates from business colleges, truck driving…

    • Be Careful What you Say 

      September 23, 2013, 16:06

      What do I do if the police want to talk to me about an incident that I was involved in? The natural first impulse is to talk to them, if I am a good person,…

    • Back to School 

      August 12, 2013, 13:09

      Seems just around the corner, where did summer go? If you have unresolved issues with the other parent of your child, it is not too late to get them sorted…

    • DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT STRUCK DOWN 

      July 3, 2013, 14:15

      Always thought that was an odd name for a law that did not save a single marriage as far as I can see.  The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states must honor…

  • Category: Observations  (10)
    • Ask An Attorney - Brainerd MN 

      February 12, 2013, 09:52

      Did you know that there is an Ask an Attorney program the second Wednesday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at the Crow Wing County Judicial Center in Brainerd,…

    • Start the New Year Off Right 

      January 16, 2013, 12:18

      Many of us have taken a beating with the economy of the last few years. The good news is that employment is picking up and companies are starting to hire. If…

    • That Online Bargain is More Expensive Than You Think 

      December 14, 2012, 12:17

      Why not do your legal work online? It looks easy, the forms seem simple, the instructions on the law seem reasonable, if seems to not cost much, what is there…

    • Holidays and Lawyers 

      December 7, 2012, 12:15

      For all the fun of the holidays, they do have an unfortunate connection with legal troubles for some people. Between holiday party DUIs, relative induced…

    • The Rest of the Story 

      October 15, 2012, 12:13

      Too often, media coverage of a criminal charge against a person before a trial is completed includes only the complaint, which is the prosecution's account of…

    • Family Law Practice 

      August 28, 2012, 12:10

      It is a bit of a dirty secret in the business, many attorneys who are handling family law cases do not want to be doing that type of work. They consider it…

    • Do You Need an 'Aggressive' Attorney? 

      May 15, 2012, 12:01

      Clients sometimes ask me if I am 'aggressive', or if an 'aggressive' attorney is what they need. We have all seen TV attorneys yelling, pounding tables, asking…

    • The Secret to Beating a Drunk Driving Charge 

      March 22, 2012, 11:22

      Seeing all the aggressive advertising about DUI defense, one could get the impression that there is an easy way for a good lawyer to beat DUI charges.…

    • Should I Feel Guilty About Filing Bankruptcy? 

      February 3, 2012, 11:17

      The short answer, no. Almost all of the debt eliminated in bankruptcy is owed to banks and credit card companies. These business have recorded record profits,…

    • Why Do I Need an Attorney? 

      January 13, 2012, 11:13

      Many people ask me, why do I need an attorney, legal work is not rocket science, and I could sure use the money I would save on fees? Many minor issues can,…

  • Category: Legal Tips  (8)
    • Arrested for DUI - Now What? 

      April 23, 2014, 20:03

      What to do and not do if you are arrested for DUI in Crow Wing County - Brainerd Lakes, Minnesota   Do:  Give your name, cooperate with law enforcement,…

    • What should I do if the phone is ringing off the hook with bill collectors calling? 

      April 10, 2013, 09:07

      What you should not do is nothing.  If you sit back and wait, the collectors will get you.  They will continue to call you, sometimes even at work.  They…

    • Happy Holidays 

      November 12, 2012, 12:14

      Holidays in split family situations can be tricky. If you have a set holiday parenting time schedule and it works, you are all set. If you need to change the…

    • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act 

      October 5, 2012, 12:12

      Do not feel bad if you have never heard of it, because very few people have. The act is federal law which protects us from abusive debt collector practices. T…

    • What Do I Do If the Experts are Against Me? 

      June 6, 2012, 12:03

      It is tough in a custody case when custody evaluators, guardians ad litem, counselors and other experts recommend against you on custody or visitation in a…

    • Bankruptcy - What Is a Reaffirmation Agreement and Should I Sign One? 

      April 23, 2012, 11:24

      A Reaffirmation Agreement is a contract signed by a person filing bankruptcy agreeing to pay back a loan that would otherwise be taken care of (discharged) in…

    • Cops - Brainerd 

      March 10, 2012, 11:19

      Police are probably one of the most televised occupations, many shows focus on law enforcement and almost every program seems to have at least a few police in…

    • Terminator Part 4-Collection Agency 

      December 13, 2011, 20:55

      I am sometimes asked in my bankruptcy practice if creditors ever go away. At times they do not call or send letters for months, and it seems like they will…

  • Category: Buyer Beware  (3)
    • Child Protection Cases 

      April 23, 2014, 19:57

      I am involved in a child protection case, what does that mean? It means you are in deep s___. Child protection cases are serious business, if the county is…

    • That Online Bargain is More Expensive Than You Think 

      December 14, 2012, 12:17

      Why not do your legal work online? It looks easy, the forms seem simple, the instructions on the law seem reasonable, if seems to not cost much, what is there…

    • Save Money by Doing Your Own Divorce? 

      July 13, 2012, 12:04

      It seems like a good deal, do your own divorce with forms available online. While money is saved in the short term, many people have paid me a lot of money to…

  • Category: Friendly Advise  (14)
    • When is the best time of year for a custody change? 

      June 3, 2013, 10:51

      If you need to change custody or visitation and have school age children, summer is the besttime.  Judges would rather have children move during the summer…

    • New hope if you are charged with DUI? 

      May 13, 2013, 17:25

      There may be new hope if you are charged with a DUI in Minnesota.  DUI defense has long been seen as an uphill battle.  Minnesota law allows a police officer…

    • Do I Need an Attorney for a Restraining Order? 

      March 6, 2013, 08:47

      Domestic Abuse Orders for Protection (OFPs) are often called restraining orders.  OFPs can be filed when there is an allegation of domestic abuse.  These…

    • What Do You Get When You Hire an Attorney? 

      February 8, 2013, 14:21

      Some people think they are buying documents, a deed to a house, a will, divorce or custody papers, maybe even a bankruptcy petition.  It is easy to think…

    • Start the New Year Off Right 

      January 16, 2013, 12:18

      Many of us have taken a beating with the economy of the last few years. The good news is that employment is picking up and companies are starting to hire. If…

    • Holidays and Lawyers 

      December 7, 2012, 12:15

      For all the fun of the holidays, they do have an unfortunate connection with legal troubles for some people. Between holiday party DUIs, relative induced…

    • Happy Holidays 

      November 12, 2012, 12:14

      Holidays in split family situations can be tricky. If you have a set holiday parenting time schedule and it works, you are all set. If you need to change the…

    • Fair Debt Collection Practices Act 

      October 5, 2012, 12:12

      Do not feel bad if you have never heard of it, because very few people have. The act is federal law which protects us from abusive debt collector practices. T…

    • Back to School 

      August 9, 2012, 12:09

      It seems like summer just started, but all of a sudden school is right around the corner. For those of you who are sharing custody with your child's…

    • Save Money by Doing Your Own Divorce? 

      July 13, 2012, 12:04

      It seems like a good deal, do your own divorce with forms available online. While money is saved in the short term, many people have paid me a lot of money to…

    • What Do I Do If the Experts are Against Me? 

      June 6, 2012, 12:03

      It is tough in a custody case when custody evaluators, guardians ad litem, counselors and other experts recommend against you on custody or visitation in a…

    • Bankruptcy - What Is a Reaffirmation Agreement and Should I Sign One? 

      April 23, 2012, 11:24

      A Reaffirmation Agreement is a contract signed by a person filing bankruptcy agreeing to pay back a loan that would otherwise be taken care of (discharged) in…

    • The Secret to Beating a Drunk Driving Charge 

      March 22, 2012, 11:22

      Seeing all the aggressive advertising about DUI defense, one could get the impression that there is an easy way for a good lawyer to beat DUI charges.…

    • The Good Divorce 

      December 31, 2011, 11:12

      One of those terms that at first seems to make no sense, like 'good car accident' or 'good layoff'. Almost no one gets married planning to be divorced…