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I deal with legal issues every day. But I understand that my clients don’t.

I realize that legal matters and even attorneys can be intimidating.

I want my clients to feel comfortable with me, and with the law.

I provide them with clear information, treat them with respect, and keep them informed about their case, every step of the way.

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Chapin is a partner you can rely on to provide truly personalized legal expertise for your business, your organization, and your life.

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Regular people are often confused about the law and don’t know who to ask.  Chapin will personally take your phone call or respond to your email.

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Licensed in Minnesota since 1985, Chapin has handled thousands of cases and achieved record verdicts and settlements for his clients.

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We strongly recommend Chapin to represent you in litigation.  He provides services by not just being very knowledgeable, but represents you with kindness and respect, and also integrity and determination.  His communication skills are excellent and he involves you in all decision making.

Jan, flood damage claim

Having dealt with many attorneys over the years, I find Chapin’s straight-forward advice always right on target.  He has always responded in a timely fashion, with well thought out advice.

Phil, Association Board President

I have professionally and personally known Chapin since 2003 when we worked on a jury trial together. He did a remarkable job! We have become strong friends since then and have worked on a number of matters together. If you want an honest, straight-shooter who will listen and tell you the way it is, choose Chapin as your attorney.

Ray, Attorney

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Don’t Panic! Reduce Tax-Season Stress and Avoid Future Angst with a Little Planning

If you’ve already filed your tax return, congratulations! You can rest easy, at least until 2017 rolls around. But if you haven’t tackled your 2015 taxes yet, you’re probably feeling some stress over your extension and the work still ahead of you. You’re not alone. Approximately one-third of Americans wait until the last minute to complete their taxes. But working up to the deadline creates a lot of undue stress. The key to making taxes go more smoothly is to not let them become urgent. If you do, then you’ll be in a panic to get them done. Coping with tax-season stress The best thing you can do to mitigate tax-season stress is to start early. Tax documents arrive early in the year, which gives you plenty of time to work through your return. By preparing early, you have the chance to meet with your accountant, you have a heads up on what you might owe, and you have the time to fix any snags you might encounter. If starting early isn’t an option, consider changing your mindset. You might not be able to control your 2015 tax situation, but there’s plenty of time to manage the 2016 one. Meet with your accountant and tax attorney now to create a plan, and by this time next year, you’ll be sitting pretty on April 17, 2017. If you’re still tackling your return, set a firm date to get it done. Set benchmark goals as you complete the different sections of your return. When everything’s done and filed, get out and enjoy the beautiful weather, go out to dinner, or watch... read more

Don’t Do Independent Construction Contractor DIY during the 2016 Construction Season

The snow may be blowing this week, but the spring construction season is right around the corner. If you’re like most general contractors, you’ll be hiring independent contractors to help you complete jobs. As a construction professional, you should not DIY with your independent contractors. Properly onboarding your contractors will keep you on the right side of the law, the IRS, and your insurance company. Know the Difference between a Contractor and Employee One of the more difficult things facing companies that hire independent contractors is proving contractors are independent business owners, not employees. Independent contractors are hired on a job-to-job basis and paid for each completed project. They’re free to find work with other companies. They don’t receive benefits from your company and aren’t covered by your worker’s compensation insurance. Instead, they carry their own insurance and pay self-employment tax. If you’re wondering whether your favorite contractors would actually be considered employees by the law and the IRS, check out this handy chart. Get Policies and Contracts in Writing Once you’ve confirmed your independent construction contractors are indeed independent, it’s time to get your business agreement in writing. Develop a written policy for your company to use when hiring independent contractors and require every independent contractor to sign a written contract for the work they will do for you. There are many technicalities, but here are a few guidelines: The scope of the work the independent contractor will take on and the timeframe in which it will be completed. How and when the contractor will be paid and for how much. Confidentiality, non-compete, and conflicts of interests clauses,... read more

Have a New Year’s Resolution to Take Care of Yourself? Don’t Forget Your Health Care Directive

You’ve hit the gym every day since January 1 and avoided fast food and sweets like the plague. Congrats on starting your journey toward better health! Now that your good habits are locked in, it’s time to make sure you’re taken care of in the event you become seriously ill and unable to advocate for yourself at the doctor’s office. If you suffered from an extreme medical condition that rendered you unable to express your wishes for your medical care, do you have someone you can trust to advocate on your behalf? Is that person named in writing? If not, it’s time to write your health care directive. What Is a Health Care Directive? A health care directive is a written document that outlines your wishes in the event that you are unable to speak on your own behalf regarding your medical care. Most directives name an agent, or person who you authorize to make health care decisions for you on your behalf. In Minnesota, your health care directive can also include your preferences for care, such as treatments, do-not-resuscitate orders, and organ and tissue donation. Why Do I Need a Health Care Directive? If you do not have a health care directive and you become unable to make your own health care decisions, your attending physician will have the final say in the treatment you receive. Your doctor may take into account what your loved ones believe you would have wanted, but the final decision lies with him or her, even if it goes against what you may wish for yourself. With a health care directive, you have... read more