December 6, 2016 Virtus Law PLLC sponsored MNREIA’s annual Toys for Tots Holiday Party. Beth Schroeder, one of our business and real estate attorneys and Valerie Dahl, our director of first impressions manned the booth, answered questions and networked. It was such a great event with a motivational speaker, real estate Jeopardy and the marines in attendance collecting donations for Toys for Tots.

 

November 22, 2016 Thomas Fafinski co-hosted MSPradio with Nate Teplow and Joe Tavano. Tune in for some great information on MSA Agreements.

 

November 16, 2016 Virtus Law PLLC sponsored the 2016 Small Business Resource Expo on November 16th at The DoubleTree in Bloomington with  Valerie Dahl manning the booth. This event serves new and small business owners, entrepreneurs and startups with resources to help them be successful.

 

November 14, 2016 Thomas Fafinski and Nathan Nelson are in Dallas, Texas this week facilitating quarterly peer group meetings for Wealth Counsel, a national group of estate and business planning attorneys. These meetings promote problem solving, sales training and business growth.

 

November 3, 2016 Virtus Law PLLC sponsored the Allied Executives event “Talent as a Strategy” at Earle Brown Heritage Center. Speakers focused on retaining key employees, hiring strategies and networking. Thank you to all of our guests who were able to attend!

 

October 28, 2016  Nathan W. Nelson as been selected to be the chair to the Housing Board Committee for CIP (Community Involvement Programs). This rewarding program provides a variety of services for people with disabilities, which include Community Support Services, Employment Services, Housing Services and Case Management Services. We are very proud to be apart of this local program. http://cipmn.org/

 

October 28, 2016 Thomas M. Fafinski has been elected as the Secretary of the Board of Directors and to serve on the executive/governance committee for CIP (Community Involvement Programs). This program supports people with disabilities by offering Community Support Services, Employment Services, Housing Services and Case Management Services. We are very proud to be apart of this rewarding program. http://cipmn.org/

 

October 20, 2016 This week, Nathan Nelson and Thomas Fafinski are attending 2016 Symposium in Washington D.C. Tom and Nathan will be speaking on Legal Assessments: “The New Tip of Your Sword for Your Business Law Practice” and also facilitating a discussion on peer group solutions. This event is presented by WealthCounsel and ElderCounsel and promotes networking, education and valuable guidance.

 

October 5, 2016 Nathan W. Nelson will be presenting the seminar IRC Section 2704 – Anticipating New Regulations on Wednesday, October 12th.  Please visit our Events page to register, or contact Valerie Dahl at 612.888.1000

 

October 3, 2016 Have you thought about taxes and your year-end tax planning? Now’s a great time to start, just before the holiday season! Click the link below for more information. http://www.virtuslaw.com/articles/

 

September 16, 2016 In reference to Landlord/Tenant Law, are you familiar with personal property vs abandoned property plus how long that you need to hold it for, if at all? Please contact Valerie Dahl at 612.888.1000 for a copy of an article on this topic authored by our litigation practice lead Steven V. Rose.

 

September 6. 2016 Virtus Law Marketing Coordinator Valerie Dahl attended MNREIA’s monthly meeting, manned the booth and networked. She talked to members about creating LLC’s, taxes and Virtus Law’s Title Service.

 

August 30, 2016 Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our free webinar “Values Based Estate Planning”, presented by Thomas M. Fafinski. If you were not able to join us, please feel free to call us at (612) 888-1000 or email us at info@virtuslaw.com. We’d be happy to send you a video of the webinar and to talk to you about this topic.

 

August 25, 2016 Virtus Law PLLC hosted a Self-Directed IRA seminar presented by Todd Grill. His presentation included information on ways to purchase real estate in an IRA, guidelines and diverse investment options.  Thank you to everyone that was able to attend.

 

August 15, 2016 Thomas M. Fafinski and Nathan W. Nelson are in Portland August 15 – 19th, facilitating peer meetings for Wealth Counsel, a national group of estate and business planning attorneys. These meetings promote problem solving, sales training and business growth.

 

August 12, 2016 We are proud to announce Nathan W. Nelson graduated Summa Cum Laude with his L.L.M. degree from Thomas Jefferson School of Law on June 24, 2016. Summa Cum Laude is typically reserved for the top 5% of the class. Nathan attained a straight 4.0 throughout all classes – the highest grade available and was automatically admitted into the JSD program, should he decide to pursue a doctorate of science in juris prudence. While his achievements are astonishing, we are not at all surprised.

 

August 8, 2016 Virtus Law PLLC sponsored Great Waters Financial Charity Scramble held at White Bear Yacht Club in Dellwood, MN. It was a beautiful day and also a great event to raise money for Second Harvest Heartland in an effort to fight hunger.

 

July 27, 2016 An important MN Supreme Court decision involving the rights of landowner to pursues compensation for agreed upon conditions for a plat was released on July 27. Virtus Law represented the prevailing landowner. The Court reversed the lower court’s unpublished holding requiring pursuit of all constitutional claims from quasi-judicial decisions of the local unit of government within 60 days. Our team was led by Nathan Nelson, who also presented the oral arguments, with support from Thomas Fafinski, Steven Rose and Lesley Adam and the Institute for Justice. To read the opinion –
http://www.mncourts.gov/mncourtsgov/media/Appellate/Supreme%20Court/Standard%20Opinions/OPA140893-072716.pdf

 

July 14, 2016 The Minnesota version of crowdfunding has arrived and is known as MNVest.

Unaccredited investors can invest up to $10,000 in any offering.  For accredited investors, there is no limit to the amount you can invest.  Accredited investors have net worth of $1 million or more or yearly income in the last 2 years of at least $200,00 if single or $300,000 jointly if married.

A MNvest issuer can raise $2 million during any 12 month period with CPA audited or reviewed financials or $1 million with unaudited financials.

In order to qualify, the MNvest issuer has to:

  • be formed under Minnesota law as something other than a general partnership,
  • have its principal office in Minnesota,
  • have 80% or more of its assets in Minnesota;
  • unless company had gross revenue under $5,000, at least 80% of gross revenues from the operation of a business in Minnesota.

Additionally, the issuer cannot attempt to limit liability for fraud or intentional misrepresentation in connection with the offering and is not engaged in the business of trading in securities.

The offer must be conducted exclusively through a MNvest portal, which is an Internet Web site that is operated by a portal operator registered by the Commerce Department.  The offering must satisfy many requirements, including:

  • limited to intrastate offerings (Minnesota residents);
  • provide prospective purchasers access through the portal to a copy of the issuer’s financial information; and
  • make the requisite state filings with a fee of $300.

General solicitation and advertising of the offering are allowed provided that it meets specific requirements and the appropriate disclosures are made available.

 

July 6, 2016 Nathan W. Nelson has been selected to the 2016 Minnesota Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. Congratulations Nathan!

 

June 29, 2016 Virtus Law PLLC hosted a Crowdfunding seminar presented by Crowdfunding expert, Todd Grill. His presentation included information on crowdfunding methods, marketing and compliance and risk management.  Thank you to everyone that was able to attend.

 

June 23, 2016 Virtus Law PLLC participated in Junior Achievement’s Big Bowl bowling fundraising event. Junior Achievement strives to provide relevant, fundamental learning opportunities for students, preparing them for a lifetime of success.

 

June 22, 2016  Thomas M. Fafinski presented “Estate Planning: Everything you always wanted to know… but were afraid to ask”. This event was hosted by Meridian Manor in Wayzata.

 

June 13, 2016 Virtus Law PLLC sponsored hole #1 at the Bohannon Group Foundation Golf Event benefiting Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation. Nathan W. Nelson and Valerie Dahl volunteered in the dunk tank to help raise money for this wonderful charity.
http://kstp.com/…/chad-greenway-hosts-13th-annual-…/4167659/

 

June 11, 2016 Nathan W. Nelson presented “Keeping it Real with Real Estate” at MNREIA’s quarterly new member orientation. Nathan spoke about real estate contracts, disclosures, hot topics and also answered questions.

 

June 8, 2016 Thomas M. Fafinski presented “Using Real Estate to Leave a Legacy” at this year’s Cash Flow Wealth Summit. CFWS is a live, virtual financial conference featuring 30 speakers and 10 financial topics. The purpose of this Summit is to expand the principles and concepts that bring financial abundance.

 

June 7, 2016 Tom Fafinski co-hosts MSPradio with Nate Teplow.  Tune in for some great information on Tax and Legal Strategies.

 

May 26, 2016 Thomas M. Fafinski taught a Kaplan Professional Education Class, “Real Estate: How to Leave a Legacy.”  Tom teaches why real estate is a good method of passing on what you earned to your family, plus legal concerns and transfer alternatives.

 

May 16, 2016 Thomas M. Fafinski and Nathan W. Nelson are in Chicago May 16th to 19th, facilitating peer group meetings for a national group of estate and business planning attorneys. This is a great week of learning and promoting business growth.

 

April 19, 2016 Virtus Law Victory! Virtus successfully protects client’s property rights and equity twelve hours after client learns of another competing interest in the property.  On very short notice, Nathan Nelson, Steven Rose, and Victoria Lewis combined forces to work around the clock to obtain an emergency temporary restraining order to prevent a junior creditor from redeeming the client’s property through what is believed to be an invalid mechanic’s lien.  The client reaped the rewards of Virtus’s swift actions as the Court agreed to protect the client’s property rights the next morning when it granted a temporary restraining order preventing the junior creditor from redeeming the property.

 

April 19, 2016 Virtus Law is proud to announce that Shannon Haugen, our Law Clerk has passed the Minnesota State Bar Exam, she will be sworn in on May 6.

 

April 14, 2016 Virtus Law held their annual Employee Appreciation event, this year they enjoyed dinner and a comedy show at Acme Comedy club in Minneapolis.

 

APRIL 8, 2016 Virtus Law PLLC sponsored their annual tax season pizza party for an accounting firm referral source.

 

March 29, 2016 Mariah Turner initially joined Virtus Law in January, 2016 as an intern and now has been hired as a paralegal. She will be graduating from Inver Hills paralegal program May, 2016 and is a great addition to our team.

 

March 9, 2016 Tom Fafinski co-hosts MSPradio with Nate Teplow.  Tune in for some great information on Tax and Legal Strategies.

 

FEBRUARY 23, 2016  Virtus Law PLLC sponsored Allied Executives 2016 Annual Business and Economic Outlook event.  Allied Executives unites business owners for professional growth through peer groups and educational workshops.  The confidential setting and third-party perspective allows for a true exchange of ideas and observations that leaders need to hear.

 

FEBRUARY 22, 2016  Virtus Law welcomes Victoria A. Lewis to the transactional department as an associate attorney. Ms. Lewis focuses her practice on Business Law and Estate Planning including business contracts, asset protection, estate plan formation and tax planning.

 

January 4, 2016 Valerie Dahl joins Virtus Law PLLC as the Marketing Coordinator. Valerie has many years of experience with marketing, sales and networking, Virtus Law is excited to have her on board.

 

DECEMBER 1, 2015 Nathan W. Nelson argues for equal protection in land use regulation in Minnesota Supreme Court.  Listen to the Supreme Court oral argument here: Zweber v. Credit River Township et al.

 

NOVEMBER 18, 2015 Beth A. Schroeder joined the transactional department at Virtus Law as an associate attorney.  Ms. Schroeder focuses her practice on business and corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, entity formation, business contracts, asset protection, and tax planning.

 

SEPTEMBER 27, 2015 Thomas M. Fafinski presents “Keeping the Stars” at Navigate 2015 in Las Vegas, from September 27th to 29th. Tom’s presentation explains the importance of keeping star employees, and will engage in an analysis of steps that are necessary to keep the star employees. Navigate 2015 by Continuum.

 

JULY 14, 2015 Thomas M. Fafinski and Nathan W. Nelson host a facilitated discussion at WealthCounsel’s Symposium 2015 in San Diego, from July 14th to 17th. Tom and Nate present tips on increasing consistent cash-flow, working with ideal clients, and taking control of a practice’s bottom line. Attorney at Law Press Release

 

JULY 7, 2015 Nathan W. Nelson is named one of Super Lawyer’s 2015 Minnesota Rising Stars. The multi-stage selection process includes independent research across 12 categories, and an evaluation reviewed by a highly credentialed panel of attorneys, leading to fewer than 2.5% of all Minnesota attorneys being chosen. Attorney at Law Press Release

 

JUNE 23, 2015 Nathan Nelson is admitted to Thomas Jefferson School of Law as a candidate for LL.M. in Taxation.

 

JUNE 10, 2015 Nathan Nelson accepted a role on the Inver Hills Community College Paralegal Program Advisory Committee

 

JUNE 9, 2015 Tom Fafinski co-hosts MSPradio with Nate Teplow.  Listen to the podcast on raising capital through debt

 

JUNE 8, 2015 Virtus Law PLLC sponsored hole #1 at The Bohannon Group Foundation’s Annual Golf Event benefitting Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation.  Tom Fafinski and Lindsey Mitchell spent the day in a dunk tank raising money for the charity.  Read more…

 

JUNE 5, 2015 Thomas Fafinski presents Understanding the Minnesota Estate Tax Exemption Trap for Northwestern Mutual executives.

 

MAY 21, 2015 Nathan Nelson is co-hosting ESPN1500 radio show “Cover Your Assets” with Todd Rooker on Saturday, May 23 at 8am.  They will be discussing trusts and spenddown.  Tune in this Saturday or listen onDemand at http://www.1500espn.com/shows/coverassets

 

MAY 20, 2015  MSPradio released a special on top 5 MSPradio shows of all time, and Tom Fafinski’s episode on Improving MSAs takes the #1 spot http://blog.continuum.net/special-top-5-mspradio-shows-of-all-time-mspradio-50

 

MAY 11, 2015  Virtus Law PLLC is sponsoring New Business Minnesota’s Small Business Resource Expo at the Earle Brown Heritage Center.  Read more…

 

APRIL 20, 2015  Allied Executives is sponsoring an Estate Planning event presented by Thomas Fafinski and Nathan Nelson on Tuesday, May 5 at 1pm.  Allied Executives unites business owners for professional growth through peer groups and educational workshops.  More information…

 

APRIL 16, 2015  Wealth Advisor Newsletter

 

APRIL 11, 2015  Thomas Fafinski co-hosts ESPN1500 Cover Your Assets.  Listen to a discussion on asset protection and estate planning onDemand

 

APRIL 10, 2015  Nathan Nelson presents a seminar on Employment Law to Northwestern Mutual and Bohannon Group executives.

 

MARCH 24, 2015  Virtus Law welcomes attorney Don Estes.  R. Donald Estes has joined Virtus Law PLLC as of-counsel.  Mr. Estes has been practicing law for almost five decades and has unparalleled business and legal acumen.  He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota. He earned his law degree from Columbia University in 1967.  Don committed over twenty years to the United States Naval Reserve as a JAG Officer. In addition to the Minnesota Bar, Mr. Estes is admitted to the United States Supreme Court, US Tax Court, the International Court of Trade, Federal Court District of Minnesota, Circuit Court of Appeals and is certified as UCMJ Article 27 Trial/Defense Counsel.    Read more… 

 

MARCH 18. 2015 Wealth Advisor Newsletter

 

MARCH 17, 2015 Nathan Nelson is admitted to the State Bar of North Dakota.

 

MARCH 11, 2015 Thomas Fafinski discusses equity fundraising on MSPradio

MARCH 5, 2015  Virtus Law co-founders Thomas M. Fafinski and Nathan W. Nelson will be featured on Minnesota Home Talk ESPN1500 this Saturday, March 7 at 7 a.m. discussing their values-based estate planning practice.

 

MARCH 3, 2015  Virtus Law PLLC sponsors Allied Executives 2015 Annual Business and Economic Outlook event.  Allied Executives unites business owners for professional growth through peer groups and educational workshops.  Both Fafinski and Nathan Nelson are active participants and members of Allied Executives

 

MARCH 2, 2015  Ashley Deyo joins Virtus Law as executive assistant to Thomas M. Fafinski.

 

FEBRUARY 25, 2015 Thomas M. Fafinski has been elected to the Dakota County Technical College Advisory Board for Business Entrepreneurs Program.

 

FEBRUARY 25, 2015 Thomas M. Fafinski is teaching a Kaplan Professional Education Class on March 2, 2015  “Real Estate: How to Leave a Legacy.”  Tom teaches how to use real estate as a method of passing on what you earned to your family with what you have learned.

 

FEBRUARY 23, 2015 Attorney Charles W. Naughton joins the transactional department at Virtus Law.  Charles has 11 years experience practicing law and brings a wide array of skills and knowledge to the team.

 

FEBRUARY 20, 2015  Nathan W. Nelson was invited to serve as a judge at Hamline University School of Law’s 30th Annual William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition.  Critical to the success of the competition have been the attorneys, law professors and judges who have volunteered to grade briefs and/or hear and score the oral arguments of the competing teams. As a result of their involvement, over the years, thousands of young lawyers have been introduced to the experience of practice in this important area of law by being engaged in research, reflection, dialogue and advocacy concerning its issues.

 

FEBRUARY 11, 2015  Nathan W. Nelson was selected to participate in a legal panel at Inver Hills Community College to share his journey from the paralegal program and law school to starting and managing a successful practice.

 

JANUARY 28, 2015  Thomas M. Fafinski joined the governing board of directors for Junior Achievement of The Upper Midwest.  JAUM is an organization committed to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy.  Junior Achievement programs are taught in more than 650 schools throughout the Upper Midwest. http://www.jaum.org/

 

JANUARY 16, 2015  Wealth Advisor Newsletter

 

JANUARY 15, 2015  Steven V. Rose joins the litigation department of Virtus Law.  Rose has 15 years of experience as a successful litigator and the ability to quickly understand relevant issues, identify achievable goals, and craft the right strategy to achieve the best possible result for clients.

 

DECEMBER 18, 2014 Wealth Advisor Newsletter

 

DECEMBER 11, 2014 Nathan Nelson successfully completed a 5-week course to become a Certified Clio Pro user.  Clio is a cloud-based legal practice software utilized by law firms that offers legal case management software and online tools for greater efficiency.

 

DECEMBER 1, 2014 Thomas Fafinski is honored by WealthCounsel through their quarterly newsletter for significant assistance in developing and delivering our business law curriculum.

 

DECEMBER 1, 2014 Thomas Fafinski provides Estate Plan training to financial services professionals at Thrivent Financial.

 

NOVEMBER 18, 2014 Wealth Advisor Newsletter

 

NOVEMBER 13, 2014 Industry expert Thomas M. Fafinski presents Real Estate: How to Leave a Legacy at Kaplan Real Estate Education.  Topics include why real estate is a good choice in legacy planning, legal concerns, transfer alternatives, co-tenancy agreements, LLCs, limited partnerships and trusts.

 

NOVEMBER 5, 2014 Thomas M. Fafinski discusses Business Acquisitions on MSPradio

 

OCTOBER 31, 2014  Candace M. Groth joined Virtus Law PLLC as an associate attorney practicing in business, real estate law, litigation and tax.  Ms. Groth received her Juris Doctorate Summa Cum Laude from Hamline University School of Law in 2014.

 

OCTOBER 16, 2014 Wealth Advisor Newsletter 

 

OCTOBER 9, 2014 Nathan W. Nelson has been invited to speak to first year students at Hamline University School of Law on October 11.  The continuing orientation is being offered to first year students of Hamline’s weekend program and will feature Nathan’s success story and experience managing full time work with law school.

 

SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 Nathan Nelson presents a seminar on new healthcare legislation hosted by the Strategic Employee Benefit Services division of the Bohannon Group.

 

SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 Wealth Advisor Newsletter 

 

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 Thomas Fafinski discusses Improving Your Master Services Agreements for managed service providers on MSPradio.

AUGUST 21, 2014 Thomas M. Fafinski to co-host Todd Rooker’s radio show Cover Your Assets on am1500 ESPN.  Live broadcast featuring discussion of incentive trusts is Saturday, August 23 at 8am.  The incentive trust practice area of Virtus Law was developed in response to meeting the creative and nontraditional succession aspirations of the technology company executives that Virtus Law and its principals have worked with over the last 2 decades. Recording will be available online and On Demand at http://www.1500espn.com/shows/coverassets

 

AUGUST 18, 2014 Wealth Advisor Newsletter

 

AUGUST 14, 2014 Virtus Law PLLC sponsors the ICBM Annual Convention at Madden’s Resort in Brainerd.  Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota is an organization that provides resources for community banks to facilitate growth, maintain independence and manage change. Virtus Law has worked with loan documentation and recovery issues involving the acquisition and operation of many technology companies.  Link

 

AUGUST 7, 2015  Virtus Law PLLC welcomes attorney Luis Larrea. Larrea works in our transactional and litigation departments, practicing primarily in the areas of business, real estate, and tax.

 

AUGUST 4, 2014 Thomas M. Fafinski presents as a subject matter expert for Heartland Tech Groups at their 3rd Quarter centralized meetings in Denver, Colorado.  HTG Peer Groups are IT company leaders who meet quarterly to discuss issues specific to each member’s concerns as a company owner, president or manager.  All members of HTG are involved in the information technology industry.  Link

 

JULY 16, 2014 Wealth Advisor Newsletter

 

JULY 14, 2014 Thomas M. Fafinski joins a panel of experts speaking on business planning at Wealth Counsel’s 2014 Planning for the Generations Symposium in Denver, CO.  Virtus Law has served Wealth Counsel, a legal technology company, with regard to product creation and implementation.  Fafinski has been invited to speak several times on the use of technology in industries, including the legal industry.  Link

 

JUNE 17, 2014 Wealth Advisor Newsletter

 

JUNE 9, 2014 Virtus Law PLLC sponsors hole #1 at Chad Greenway’s Lead the Way Foundation and Bohannon Group Foundation Golf Event.  Thomas M. Fafinski volunteers for a day in the dunk tank to help raise money for the charity.  http://kstp.com/sports/stories/S3468572.shtml

 

JUNE 7, 2014 Nathan W. Nelson co-hosts Todd Rooker’s radio show Cover Your Assets on ESPN 1500.  Their discussion on estate planning, wills and trusts is available OnDemand.  The techniques discussed include strategies garnered while Virtus Law has been serving the technology industry and its executives.  http://www.1500espn.com/shows/coverassets

 

APRIL 29, 2014 Virtus Law PLLC offers continuing ed seminars for Certified Financial Planners who serve the technology industry.  For more information on attending a one-hour presentation worth 1 national CFP credit, email lmitchell@virtuslaw.com

 

APRIL 17, 2014 Wealth Advisor Newsletter

 

MARCH 18, 2014 Lesley J. Adam is admitted to practice law in the State of Wisconsin.

 

MARCH 4, 2014 Managing Partner Nathan W. Nelson speaks at Argosy University on Estate Planning utilizing succession planning techniques Virtus Law has developed serving the technology industry.

 

FEBRUARY 14, 2014 Redstone Maple Grove serves as host for Virtus Law PLLC Estate Planning Seminar.  Utilizing succession planning techniques Virtus Law has developed serving the technology industry.

 

FEBRUARY 7, 2014 Ryan Kaplan has recently accepted a new leadership role with Virtus Law as an originating attorney and focuses his practice on business law and estate planning. Ryan earned his law degree at William Mitchell College of Law while employed full-time with the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office and is currently the Chair and President of the Corporate Counsel Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. Link

 

JANUARY 22, 2014 Wealth Advisor Newsletter

 

JANUARY 1, 2014 Virtus Law PLLC has changed its suite number to 100 as the anchor tenant of Virtus Professional Center in Brooklyn Park, MN.

 

DECEMBER 10, 2013 Virtus Law volunteers with Feed My Starving Children. Link