Lawyers located in Monticello, Minnesota, on the border of Wright and Sherburne Counties.


An Update to Family Law That Could Impact Your Divorce

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In 2019, Spousal Maintenance is changing. SPOE is always up-to-date with the latest changes in the law that will impact our clients. This change is not an alarming one, but it may impact spousal maintenance if you are divorced and receiving spousal maintenance, are paying spousal maintenance, or are considering divorce where spousal maintenance may […]

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SPOE Lawyer Spotlight: Michael Patera

  The lawyers at Smith, Paulson, O’Donnell & Erickson use a team approach to help businesses, individuals, and families with their legal needs. Our team is made up of six attorneys with over 138 years of combined legal experience.   In this blog, we’d like to take the time to get to know one of […]

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What You Need to Know About the New Tax Bill

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President Trump signed a massive tax reform bill in December. The bill is the biggest change to tax law in 30 years, and it gets complicated. Now that we’re in the middle of the 2018 tax season, here are some things you should know about the new bill.   The Bill Went into Effect January […]

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How to Successfully Navigate a Divorce

January is known as “divorce month.” That’s because divorce filings typically begin to spike this time of year. Divorce is something no one wants to think about, but once you have decided it’s the right choice for you, Smith, Paulson, O’Donnell & Erickson can help you get through it. Here are a few things to […]

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SPOE Employee Spotlight: Jacob Erickson


Name: Jacob Thomas Erickson Position at SPOE: Partner Years at SPOE: Five     What is your main reason for wanting to work at SPOE? I wanted to work in a growing small town near my home. Monticello was a perfect choice, because it’s on the freeway, on the river, and on the grow!   […]

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SPOE Employee Spotlight: Carly West Holler

Smith, Paulson, O’Donnell & Erickson is a team of dedicated, experienced, and enthusiastic attorneys that serve Central Minnesota. Take a moment to get to know Carly, one of our legal professionals at SPOE.   Name: Carly West Holler Position at SPOE: Family law attorney Years at SPOE: 5 What is the main reason for wanting […]

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Legal Advice For Buying a Home In a Hot Real Estate Market

The Top Seven Reasons

Right now, houses are selling very quickly in the real estate market. If you are trying to buy a home it can be a cutthroat environment, encouraging you to act fast when you find one you like. It’s easy to accidentally overlook some legalities when you’re moving quickly through the home buying process. Buying a […]

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Fireworks Safety Tips from SPOE

BBQ’s, bike parades, and red, white & blue—Independence Day is around the corner. When you’re out enjoying local fireworks or setting off your own, please exercise simple safety tips this Fourth of July. Emergency rooms in Minnesota see upwards of 80 fireworks-related injuries each year around this time of the summer. And each year there […]

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Five Things to Keep in Mind as You Put Together a Will

The process of developing a Will may be a sharp reminder of your mortality, but it can also be a welcomed assurance that your assets will be taken care of for your loved ones. Before we learn about five things to keep in mind as you put together a Will, let’s go over some common […]

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The Five Most Commonly Broken and Overlooked Laws

  The average American citizen tries to follow the rules and is as law-abiding as they come. If you ask that average citizen if they’ve ever broken any laws, they will probably laugh you off and say “of course not.”   Are they lying? Actually, many of them are. The problem is, they don’t realize […]

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