Harassment / Order For Protection

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Orders for Protection (OFP) and Harassment Restraining Orders (HRO), are civil remedies available to victims of harassment, threats, or violence. These court orders forbid a particular individual from having contact with certain other people or persons allegedly victimized by harassment, threats of violence, or violence. They can be preliminarily obtained against someone without any hearing or opportunity to defend, and can dramatically affect the defendant’s rights in future criminal and family law proceedings.

Pursuant to Minnesota law, the Courts are required to assist individuals in filing for OFPs and HROs without the aid of an attorney. As a result, petitions for OFPs and HROs are oftentimes filed by an individual without an attorney and petitioners and defendants alike mistakenly believe that future court proceedings will be short and simple. Rarely is that the case. Many OFP and HRO hearings mushroom into full-blown mudslinging trials with complex witness testimony and exhibits. Additionally, it is not uncommon for the opposing party to appear with an attorney without notice on the day of the hearing in an attempt to sabotage the opposing party.

If you have questions about pursuing one of these orders, or are faced with one, contact our office online or call 218-739-HELP (4357) to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options with an aggressive attorney who will protect your interests.

Key Practice Topics: OFP; HRO; TRO; Harassment; Terroristic Threats; Domestic Violence; Assault; Battery; Petition; Shelter; First Appearance; Request a Hearing; Summons; Service of Process; Restraining Order; Victim; Rights; Advocate; Someplace Safe.

 

Family Law & Divorce Attorney

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Because decisions relating to marriage and children tend to be highly emotional, complex, and life-changing, family law cases can be very difficult cases with which to deal. At Cadem Law Group, we know that each client’s needs are unique, and that each case involves distinct issues. Oftentimes, our clients are seeking little more than advice on their options and possible consequences. Other times, clients are faced with an angry ex-spouse or child custody matter that demands immediate and aggressive action. In either case, we are here to help.

We are able to assist you in handling everything from divorce and child custody, to adoption, conservatorships, or guardianships. In no other type of case is our commitment to forging solid, long-term relationships with our clients more important. We take care to handle your case as if it were our own, and respect the sensitive nature of the issues you are facing.

Contact our office online or call 218-739-HELP (4357) to schedule a free confidential consultation to discuss your options today.

Key Practice Topics: Adoption; Divorce; Child Custody; Child Support; Spousal Maintenance; Alimony; Visitation Rights; Paternity; Domestic Violence; Divorce Decree; Order; Guardian Ad Litem; Social Services; Conservator; Spouse; Someplace Safe; Exchange; Interrogatories; Petition; Complaint; Taxes; Income Tax; Medical Coverage; Insurance; OFP; TRO; HRO; Marital Law; Safety Evaluation; Application; Petition.

Estate, Wills, & Probate

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People often think of wills, estates, and probate only once tragedy strikes and they find themselves trying to put together the pieces of an incredibly complex and emotional estate puzzle. That is because many people put off estate planning issues until it is too late and the results are often tragic. Those without an estate plan expose friends and family members to drawn-out emotional and expensive court proceedings in which a fight often develops over the loved one’s assets. Estate taxes and legal fees can greatly deplete the decedent’s legacy, and family relations can be irreparably damaged.

In most instances, avoiding the cost and burden of probate should be a high priority. Probate is the process by which a court determines the legality of a will if there is one, and then approves the distribution of an estate’s assets in accordance with the will. If there is no will, the court orders the distribution in accordance with the law. A common misconception is that a will is sufficient to avoid the time and expense associated with probate, or that it will prevent a dispute with relatives seeking more than their allotted share of the estate. That is usually not the case.

The biggest mistake many people make is thinking that their estate is too small, or that they do not have enough money or assets to bother worrying about a will or an estate plan. What they do not realize is that even the smallest estate can be saved thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees and probate costs with a few simple and affordable estate planning instruments that can be prepared with very little time or effort on the part of our clients.

If you have questions about how to avoid probate, you need a will, or if you are in need of a probate attorney, we are here to help. We will guide you through this unnecessarily complex process and help you make the right decisions for you and your loved ones. Contact our office online or call 218-739-HELP (4357) to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options today.

Key Practice Topics: Wills; Estate Planning; Probate; Will Contest; Contested Probate; Conservator; Personal Representative; Deed; Living Trust; Trusts; Beneficiary; Trustee; Executor; Bond; Bequeath; Bequest; Joint Tenancy; Joint Estate; Per Stirpes; By Representation; Erode; Waste; Rule of Perpetuities; Divest.

Employment Law

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Because Minnesota is considered an “at will” employment state, employment law disputes can be complex and confusing. When faced with an employment law issue, including unlawful discharge, discrimination, unemployment compensation, or workers’ compensation, you need an attorney that is experienced, aggressive, and knowledgeable.

Cadem Law Group is qualified and experienced at representing both employees and employers alike. Representative cases include collecting $320,000 for a sales representative making roughly $30,000 a year when he was unlawfully discharged after suffering a heart attack, and successfully defending a family farm (at trial and on appeal) against a disgruntled employee seeking compensation for alleged back and neck injuries he sustained at work.

If you have an employment law question, or are simply faced with a difficult circumstance involving your employment or an employee, contact our office online or call 218-739-HELP (4357) to schedule a free consultation to discuss your options.

Key Practice Topics: Employment Contracts; Pensions and Profit Sharing; Unemployment Compensation; Workers’ Compensation; Harassment; Discrimination; Sexism; Racism; Discrimination based upon Age, Health, Disability, Family; ADA; FMLA; ADEA; ERISA; Family and Medical Leave; Special Compensation Fund; Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

Criminal Law

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We understand that being faced with criminal charges is one of the most difficult and important challenges with which a person will ever deal. That is why we prepare every case with meticulous detail rather than rushing to a plea bargain. By taking this approach, we are able to quickly and decisively strike at the heart of the case and obtain the best possible result. This aggressive, innovative, and professional approach has created our well-deserved reputation for getting superior results.

Whether you wish to negotiate a favorable plea deal or would rather mount a strategic and aggressive defense, our staff is able to offer the legal assistance you need to gain the upper hand throughout your proceedings. We practice in both federal and state court, and handle issues ranging from petty misdemeanor traffic violations to felony charges carrying sentences of more than 360 months.

With extensive knowledge gained from representing clients throughout Minnesota, we are able to provide the frank and informative advice you need to make the strongest decisions possible for your defense and your future. Whether taking your case to trial, fighting constitutional issues at pretrial, or appealing improper trial court decisions, Cadem Law Group is committed to leaving no stone left unturned in your defense.

Contact our office online or call 218-739-HELP (4357) to schedule a free consultation to discuss your charges today.

Drug Crimes

Drug charges stemming from possession, sale, trafficking, and manufacturing are complex and often come with serious consequences. A conviction for a drug crime can result in a lifetime ban on owning or possessing a firearm; prevent you from working at a facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services; or prevent you from obtaining a federal student loan. With the many penalties and lasting consequences stemming from a conviction, you need an experienced lawyer passionate about defending against these charges. Hiring a lawyer who understands how to help you mount an aggressive defense can significantly improve your chances of having the charges dismissed or reducing the penalties of a conviction.

At Cadem Law Group, we are passionate about aggressively defending our clients’ rights. We will leave no stone unturned while defending you against drug charges and protecting your rights during the process.

If you have been charged with a drug-related crime, including simple possession, we can help. Contact our office online or call 218-739-HELP (4357) to schedule a free consultation to discuss your charges and defenses today.

Key Practice Topics: Drug Crimes; Driving Under the Influence, DUI; Driving While Intoxicated, DWI; Federal Crimes; Manslaughter; Homicide; Chapter 152; 609.11; Jury Trial; Trafficking; Possession; Manufacturing; Conspiracy; Aggravate; Weapon; Firearm; Pornography; Money Laundering; Alien; Wire Fraud; Mail Fraud; Witness; Unlawful; Interrogation; Wire Tapping; Warrant; First Appearance; Jury Trial; Judge; Sentence; Prison; Parole; Execute; Stay; Adjudication; Prior Record; Three Strikes; Career Criminal; Defense; Alibi; Testify; Remain Silent; Remove Judge; Prosecutor; Jury Selection; Voir Dire; Cross Examine; Impeachment; Subpoena; Probation; Violation; Bond; Bail Hearing;

DUI/DWI

Drunk driving convictions can have an immediate and lasting impact on your daily routine, eventually costing you great expense and inconveniencing your friends and relatives. A DWI conviction can lead to a license suspension, hefty fines, and jail time-penalties that may be avoided with the assistance of an experienced trial lawyer.

At the Cadem Law Group, we are dedicated to aggressively defending our clients’ rights. From the moment you are arrested and throughout your proceedings, our staff stands by your side to offer the aggressive no-nonsense defense you need to protect your rights throughout your case.

It is not uncommon for criminal defendants to feel like their case is hopeless. However, most people do not know the law well enough to know when, for instance, there are constitutional issues that may require a dismissal of the charge(s). As your attorney, we will carefully examine the events leading to your traffic stop and the arresting officer’s actions during the stop, and any test. We will determine, among other things:

  • Whether the implied consent advisory was properly administered;
  • Whether you were lawfully placed under arrest or subject to a proper traffic stop;
  • Whether you were given a proper opportunity to consult with an attorney before taking any blood alcohol test;
  • Whether the blood alcohol test was administered in accordance with the rules and procedures; and
  • Whether the charging documents are complete and proper.

Sometimes even the smallest mistake can provide leverage to have the charges reduced or dismissed.

Contact our office online or call 218-739-HELP to schedule a free consultation to discuss your DUI/DWI charges and to learn how we can help you mount a successful defense.

Key Practice Topics: Driving While Intoxicated, DWI; Driving Under the Influence, DUI; Test Refusal; Implied Consent; Open Bottle; Under the Influence; Above the Limit; .08; .2; .16; Roadside Sobriety Test; Breathalyzer; Intoxilyzer; Blood Test; Urine Test; Aggravate; Witness; Unlawful; Interrogation; Warrant; First Appearance; Omnibus Hearing; Jury Trial; Judge; Sentence; Prison; Parole; Execute; Stay; Adjudication; Prior Record; Three Strikes; Career Criminal; Defense; Alibi; Testify; Remain Silent; Remove Judge; Prosecutor; Jury Selection; Voir Dire; Cross Examine; Impeachment; Subpoena; Criminal History.

Federal Crimes

Federal charges often carry enhanced penalties, including extensive periods of incarceration in prison, hefty fines, and damaging felony records. Such penalties can also significantly impact your family, your reputation, and your ability to obtain or maintain a job. When facing federal prosecution for charges such as drug possession, money laundering, conspiracy, and racketeering, you need a strong defense. Hiring a lawyer who understands how to help you mount an aggressive and effective defense can significantly improve your chances of having the charges dismissed or having the penalties stemming from a conviction reduced.

Federal crimes may include:

  • Drug possession
  • Drug trafficking
  • Drug manufacturing
  • Conspiracy
  • Money laundering
  • Racketeering
  • Child pornography
  • Illegal re-entry
  • Illegally transporting aliens
  • Wire fraud
  • Mail fraud

At Cadem Law Group, PLLC, we understand the fear and confusion associated with federal charges and work diligently to help protect you and your future. If you have been charged with a federal crime, we can help. Contact our office online or call 218-739-HELP (4357) to schedule a free consultation to discuss your defense options today.

Key Practice Topics: Drug; Trafficking; Possession; Manufacturing; Conspiracy; Aggravate; Weapon; Firearm; Pornography; Money Laundering; Alien; Wire Fraud; Mail Fraud; Witness; Unlawful; Interrogation; Wire Tapping; Warrant; First Appearance; Jury Trial; Judge; Sentence; Prison; Parole; Execute; Stay; Adjudication; Prior Record; Three Strikes; Career Criminal; Defense; Alibi; Testify; Remain Silent; Remove Judge; Prosecutor; Jury Selection; Voir Dire; Cross Examine; Impeachment; Subpoena.

 

Construction Law

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Fergus Falls Construction Law Attorney & Lawyer

Construction law generally involves a dispute between a home or business owner and one or more contractors who provided labor or materials to the improvement of real property. Construction law is a unique area of the law that has special laws, short statutes of limitations (as short as 6 months) and very complex legal issues of causation. As such, having an attorney who has extensive experience handling these cases and who has in-depth personal knowledge of construction practices, standards, and building materials is essential.

Whether you are faced with an improperly installed roof, a failing foundation, or something in between, Cadem Law Group is here to help. With more than 15 years of hands-on experience within the construction industry, attorney Christopher Cadem has the insight and personal knowledge necessary to resolve your dispute as quickly as possible. Although every case is unique, construction law cases are generally handled on a contingency fee basis, which means we do not get paid unless we collect for you.

Contact our office online or call 218-739-HELP (4357) to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.

Key Practice Topics: Construction Law; Roofing Defects; Engineering Defects; Survey Defects; Water Intrusion; Mold Damage; Drywall Defects; Mechanics Lien; Breach of Warranty; Breach of Contract.

 

Commercial / Business Law

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Otter Tail County Business Lawyer & Attorney

Cadem Law Group is experienced and knowledgeable in a broad range of commercial and business law matters. Over the years, attorney Christopher J. Cadem has helped numerous small and large businesses handle matters ranging from business formation and corporate compliance to establishing a subsidiary company for a multimillion dollar corporation seeking to maintain 501(c)(3) status by reducing capitalization.

Contact our office online or call 218-739-HELP (4357) to schedule a free consultation to discuss how Cadem Law Group can assist you with your legal needs.

Key Practice Topics: Incorporate; LLC; Business Formation; Partnerships; Contracts; Mergers; Employee Benefits; ERISA; 501(c)(3); 501(c)(4); Non-profit; Corporate Formalities; Registration; Foreign Corporation; Assumed Names; Corporate Minutes; Insurance; UCC Filings and Compliance; Mechanics Liens; Banking Disputes; Capitalization; Employer ID Number; State Tax ID; Stocks; Member Control Agreement; Bylaws; Articles of Incorporation; Articles of Organization; Operating Agreement; Buy/Sell Agreement.

Civil Litigation / Defense

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Civil litigation, broadly speaking, is litigation over any matter not under the umbrella of criminal law. It can involve bankruptcy, commercial and business law, construction law, employment law, family law, insurance disputes, estates and probate, financial transactions, insurance disputes, personal injury, real estate, torts, wrongful death, and other matters. The hallmark of civil litigation is that the case involves an issue that the parties anticipate will need to be resolved through adversarial court proceedings, including trial. Whether your case involves fraud, assault, unlawful employment action, or something else, having an experienced trial attorney such as Christopher J. Cadem on your side is imperative.

Cadem Law Group has a state-wide legal practice and experience handling civil cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. Attorney Christopher Cadem is licensed to practice in all Minnesota Courts, including the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. Contact our office online or call 218-739-HELP (4357) to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.

Key Practice Topics: Litigation; Civil Disputes; Torts; Insurance Disputes; Employment Law; Business Law; Financial Transactions; Personal Injury; Car Accidents; Slip and Fall; Real Estate; Personal Injury; Trials; Appeals; Insurance Company Contracts; Insurance Defense; Plaintiff; Defendant.

Bankruptcy / Debt Relief

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Otter Tail County Bankruptcy Lawyer & Attorney

Cadem Law Group, PLLC, has the understanding and compassion necessary to assist those facing significant financial problems. Whether you are facing foreclosure, considering bankruptcy, or simply wish to defend against a creditor’s claims, we are here to help.

Minnesota Lawyer Magazine recently reported that there has been a flood of unqualified attorneys taking on bankruptcy cases due to the increased demand for debt relief assistance. Many of those attorneys lose sight of the defenses available to many debtors and instead rush them to bankruptcy. However, such a decision can have lasting negative effects on employment, credit, and personal relationships.

Cadem Law Group will help you work through your financial issues and explore all possible solutions to your problems before considering such final steps as bankruptcy or foreclosure. In many instances, loans can be reworked; lower balances can be negotiated; and foreclosure actions can be defended (even if you have missed multiple payments). In the event that bankruptcy is the best option, our office has streamlined the process to make it as hassle-free as possible.

Contact our office online or call 218-739-HELP (4357) today to schedule a free consultation to discuss how we can help.

Key Practice Topics: Bankruptcy; Chapter 7; Chapter 11; Chapter 13; Credit Counseling; Foreclosure; Right of Redemption; Creditor; Debtor; First Meeting of Creditors; 341 Meeting; Note; Security Agreement; Mortgage; Variable Interest Rate Adjustment; Workout Agreement; Debt Settlement and Compromise; Demand for Presentment; Arbitration Clause; Original Note; Mortgage Release; Satisfaction of Debt; Foreclosure by Action; Equity Stripping; Foreclosure by Notice; Publication of Notice; Jurisdiction; Proper Notice to Quit; Notice to Vacate; Tenant’s Rights; Home Equity; Second Mortgage; Interest Rate.

Real Estate

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Fergus Falls Real Estate Lawyer & Attorney

Cadem Law Group, PLLC has the experience necessary to help with your real estate matter, whether it is simply preparing a deed, or defending your property against an encroaching neighbor, we are here to help. We have years of experience litigating real estate matters in the lakes area.

Contact our office online or call 218-739-HELP (4357) to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.

Key Practice Topics: Contracts and Claims; Construction Law; Property Rights; Easements; Eminent Domain; Condemnation; Title Opinion; Purchase Agreement; Title Corrections; Pay on Death; Joint Tenancy; Shoreland Management Compliance; Land Use Planning; Real Estate Financing; Real Property Law; Deeds; Quit Claims; Contracts for Deeds; Quiet Title; Riparian Rights; Lakeshore; Ingress and Egress; Merger; Division; Severance; Vacate; Unimproved; Adverse Possession; Statute of Limitation; Statute of Repose.