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  • The Law Office of Erik Honkanen, S.C. was established in June of 2008 in Virginia, MN. In January of 2013, Erik was pleased to welcome legal veteran Carver Richards as a partner to form Honkanen Richards, S.C.

    This full service law firm is able to handle all of your legal needs from divorce and estate planning to criminal matters and beyond. No issue is too small or too big .

    For specific questions or for a consult please feel welcome to give the office a call at 218-749-3047.

    LEGAL SERVICES

    COUNSELING

    Honkanen Richards seeks to build life-long relationships with clients, whether that relationship begins with the excitement of building a business or the fright of being charged with a crime.

    All legal questions will be answered and a strategy put in place for bringing about the best result, even if that means taking a case to a specialist.

    FAMILY LAW

    Divorces, no matter how amicable, are highly stressful. However, the divorce process should be a background part of your life. Your focus should be on rebuilding a life while separated and easing into a new life with your children, if any.

    We understand the emotional difficulty of divorce and will work with you while maintaining a dignified, confidential, and civil process while aggressively pursuing your interests.

    • Divorce
    • Child custody
    • Adoption

    ESTATE PLANNING

    Estate planning is the culmination of good financial planning. Protect your assets from Medicare or nursing home liens, gain preferential tax treatment by placing your assets in trust, or protect your privacy by planning around the probate system.

    With proper planning, you may achieve all three! Honkanen Richards seeks to protect your assets and make you comfortable with decisions regarding end-of-life issues.

    • Wills
    • Power of Attorney
    • Advance Health Care Directives
    • Trusts
    • Property transfers
    • Probate issues

    CRIMINAL LAW

    Across America, individuals are wrongfully convicted of crimes every day. Although a person may be guilty of some kind of crime, prosecutors have been known to “overcharge” a crime.

    Many times, people’s constitutional rights are violated in the pursuit of a conviction. A criminal defense lawyer’s obligation is always to the client, both in protecting a defendant from an illegal conviction and aggressively pursuing the truth of the matter.

    Honkanen Richards is committed to assisting criminal defendants receive a fair process and trial and making certain that their side of the story is told and supported by credible evidence.

    • Misdemeanors
    • Major Felonies
    • DWIs

    LITIGATION AND CIVIL LAW

    The general practice of law allows for the counseling on nearly all cases, including personal injury, medical malpractice, and product liability.

    All cases are taken on an individual basis, and if Honkanen Richards decides against taking a case, it will almost invariably work to find an attorney that would be a good fit for the client.

    If a case should become protracted, an attorney’s involvement will increase, and knowing the right kind of attorney with regard to personality, competence, and reputation will be absolutely paramount.

    This is similar to a general practice doctor diagnosing a problem, then proposing a course of treatment through a specialist.

    BUSINESS FORMATION

    Starting a new business is both exciting and daunting. Hiring an attorney to help you through idea generation, formation, launch, and initial first year can have a tremendous impact on vendor relationships, tax consequences, liability protections, and overall business efficiency.

    Honkanen Richards offers affordable rates, high competence, and availability.

    • C-Corporations
    • S-Corporations
    • Closely Held Businesses
    • Limited Liability Companies
    • Partnerships
    • Sole Proprietorships

    BUSINESS LAW

    Businesses are faced with legal questions every day, and properly resolving those questions can have a significant upside on a bottom line.

    Eventually, an owner will seek to exit his/her business, and it is this opportunity to accumulate significant wealth. Working with an attorney throughout the existence of a small business can help to properly position an owner to make a successful exit, on his terms and at his price.

    Honkanen Richards can help both with the legal aspects of any sophisticated business law questions that may arise and with general business finance and strategy questions.

    Honkanen Richards has access to a wealth of individuals that can deliver specific information and solve the most complex problems, including, but not limited to, supply chain management, marketing, tax accounting, forensic accounting, cost accounting, complex tax issues, private equity, real estate development, and organizational behavior.

    • Corporate law
    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Tax considerations
    • Contracts
    • Uniform Commercial Code
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