Attorney in Minneapolis

MacDonald Law Firm, LLC

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-Michelle MacDonald.

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MacDonald Law Firm

Sooner or later everyone needs a lawyer. MacDonald Law Firm provides excellent service to our clients. We know that your case is the most important one out there. The attorneys & advisors at MacDonald Law Firm handle simple & complex matters involving Civil Rights, Constitutional Issues, Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Child Custody & Support, Adoption, uvenile, Wills, Trusts & Probate, Traffic & Criminal Defense, Business, Real Estate, Injury, Appeals, and More...

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PRACTICE AREAS

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Circles, Mediation & Dispute Resolution

Mediation is a process where both parties work with a neutral third party mediator to reach a mutually agreed upon decision. We represent and advise our clients who are or might become involved in a lawsuit as a result of dispute, whether in the prevention, settlement or civil ligitation of such matters.

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Family Law - Constitutional Rights, Separation, Divorce, Child Custody & Support

Family law addresses issues close to home. Who has to move out? Who gets what property? Who will get custody of the children? What parenting time will be arranged? Will there be child support or spousal maintenance paid?

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Estate Planning - Wills, Trusts & Elder Law

There is no time like the present to prepare for the future. In a comprehensive Estate Plan, Wills and Trusts are often used in combination with other Estate Plan documents including Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives to distribute the assets of the estat death. Trusts can be used to avoid probate court, and minimize your estate taxes.

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Criminal Defense, Assaults & Drunk Driving

If you are about to be charged or have been charged with a crime, the government must prove its case against you beyond a reasonable doubt. At MacDonald Law Firm, our criminal defense attorneys defend adults and juveniles facing felony, misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor criminal charges, including Theft, Assaults, Drunk Driving, and more. We also represent victims and the family of victims of serious crimes.

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Business & Real Estate

When it comes to business legal matters, you need practical advice that takes into account your individual business goals and needs. MacDonald Law Firm can provide your small or medium sized business the advantage of custom designed legal services. If you are purchasing or selling a home or business property, you will want to make sure it’s done right.

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Family Law - Paternity, Parental Rights, Child Custody & Child Support

Aside from traditional custody matters, we represent both fathers and mothers in paternity actions, proceedings where the parties have children but were never married. MacDonald Law Firm also represents clients in Third Party Custody, Relative and Grandparent Custody and Visitation proceedings. MacDonald Law Firm advises clients and prepares the required Prenuptial, Cohabitation and Parenting Agreements.

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Family Law - Domestic Abuse & Harassment Cases

We have worked with parties to initiate and respond to Domestic Abuse and Harassment Restraining Order proceedings. We have helped our clients defend wrongful petitions for Orders for Protection, including false allegations of abuse.

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Family Law - Adoption & Stepparent Adoption

If you are considering adoption, whether you are a birth parent, or prospective adoptive parents, you will need to work with an adoption lawyer. Our lawyers understand the complexities of Adoption Law, and can be effective advocates for you. MacDonald Law Firm represents parties to an adoption including closed or open adoptions, stepparent and relative adoptions, agency and private adoptions, adult adoptions, contested adoptions, juvenile court proceedings, and mediation of adoption disputes.

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Probate, & Estate Administration

When someone dies, the probate court decides how to distribute assets. Although the term “probate” most commonly refers to settling an estate in court after a death, probate court is also involved with proceedings for guardians and conservators of estates of adults or children unable to handle their affairs.

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Personal Injury, Work Injury, Auto Accidents & Wrongful Death

If you or someone you know is injured or dies because someone was negligent, the victim and their loved ones have a legal right to compensation. If you are injured on the job or because of the job, you may have a legal right to workers compensation. This compensation can cover the cost of lost work and medical care. Our Personal Injury and Workers Compensation attorneys can advise and assist you.

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Frequently Asked Questions


1. How do Minnesota courts split up property in a divorce?

In Minnesota, separate property is not usually included in what is divided up between divorcing spouses. However, Minnesota law does permit a judge to include it, when necessary. Necessary is defined as avoiding unfair hardship for either spouse. Spouses also have the option of changing a separate property into a marital property through the ownership title. If this happens, the court views the property as a gift from one spouse to the other.

2. I made a lot of money in the past, but, in this economy, I cannot pay in maintenance (alimony) anywhere near what I could have three years ago—will the court understand what happened to me?

Courts do allow spouses to petition for a change in their alimony if life circumstances change. This does not mean a paying spouse can just start paying less because his or her financial circumstances have changed. Instead, the request to decrease the amount paid must be treated in much the same way as the original process of establishing alimony was treated. You will need to work with an attorney who can provide guidance regarding how to update a maintenance or alimony award.

3. How is child support and maintenance in Minnesota calculated?

Minnesota courts use a standard formula to calculate child support, which takes into account:
  • Parents’ gross monthly income
  • Number of children in the home
  • Other child support orders for either parent
  • Spousal maintenance orders for either parent
  • Benefits from parents’ disability or retirement
  • The monthly cost of medical and dental coverage
  • Cost of child care
  • Amount of parenting time awarded to each parent
  • Parent’s ability to pay
  • Amount of Parenting Time per child, per parent
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