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KELOLAND Announces Remarkable Women Finalist Julie Becker

KELOLAND Announces Remarkable Women Finalist Julie Becker

The first Remarkable Woman nominee, Julie Becker, Director of the St. Francis House, has overseen an expansion, fundraising campaign and move into a new facility that allows the organization to serve even more people moving from “homelessness to hope.” If that isn’t...

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Is Your Collateral Description Sufficient?

Is Your Collateral Description Sufficient?

A fundamental principle of the Uniform Commercial Code (“UCC”) is that a creditor must perfect her security interest by filing a financing statement in the appropriate jurisdiction. In the financing statement, the creditor must describe the collateral that she has an...

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Davenport Evans Announces New Partner Reece Almond

Davenport Evans Announces New Partner Reece Almond

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP is pleased to announce that Reece M. Almond has become a partner in the firm. Reece M. Almond, JD, is a member of the firm’s litigation section, having joined the firm in 2014. His practice is primarily focused on commercial...

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Happy Retirement, Dee Steilen

Happy Retirement, Dee Steilen

Davenport Evans gathered today to wish Dee Steilen a Happy Retirement, and to thank her for 34 years of dedicated service. Attorney Eric Schulte shared memories of starting as a new attorney, relying on her support like many young lawyers starting out their careers....

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What Paul Volcker Did for South Dakota

What Paul Volcker Did for South Dakota

By Douglas J. Hajek, Davenport Evans Lawyer Paul Volcker’s strategy for dealing with inflation was painful across America. And while it suffered along with every other state, in 1980, South Dakota found itself on the receiving end of a very pleasant surprise.  It was...

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Brendan Reilly Returns to Davenport Evans

Brendan Reilly Returns to Davenport Evans

Brendan W. Reilly returns to Davenport Evans as a Partner, having previously practiced law at the firm for 19 years. Brendan’s practice encompasses a wide area but he works most frequently in general corporate law, from the formation of new legal entities to the...

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80 Packs of Diapers for Teddy Bear Den in Honor of 80 Years

80 Packs of Diapers for Teddy Bear Den in Honor of 80 Years

Davenport Evans Law Firm is celebrating our 80th Anniversary by giving back to 12 local non-profits, one for every month in the year. We were pleased to celebrate this occasion with our neighbor, the Teddy Bear Den, stopping by to deliver a towering 80 packages of...

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2020 Estate and Gift Tax Exclusions

2020 Estate and Gift Tax Exclusions

The lifetime estate exclusion amount (also sometimes called the estate tax exemption amount, the applicable exclusion amount, or the unified credit amount) has been increased for inflation beginning January 1, 2020. Applicable Exclusion Amount Under the 2010 Tax...

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Where There’s a Will: The Importance of Estate Planning

Where There’s a Will: The Importance of Estate Planning

Many parents today are too busy raising their families to look decades down the road. More than half of all adults in the country haven’t bothered to draw-up a will. Davenport Evans estate planning lawyer Sarah Richardson Larson was recently interviewed for the...

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Davenport Evans Welcomes Michael J. Srstka

Davenport Evans Welcomes Michael J. Srstka

Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP is pleased to announce the addition of a new attorney, Michael J. Srstka, to the firm. Mike Srstka joined Davenport Evans as an associate attorney in 2019. His practice includes corporate and business law and real estate law....

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DOL Raises Salary Threshold for Overtime Exemptions

DOL Raises Salary Threshold for Overtime Exemptions

By Davenport Evans employment lawyer Jean Bender, as published in the October 2019 State Bar of South Dakota newsletter. Effective January 1, 2020, employees who make less than $35,568 will be eligible for overtime pay under a final rule issued by the U.S. Department...

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Wishing Rita Edwards A Happy Retirement!

Wishing Rita Edwards A Happy Retirement!

Davenport Evans Financial Services lawyer Rita Edwards is saying "Goodbye" to her long commute and "Hello" to retirement! Rita came to Davenport Evans having served as in-house counsel at a local bank. She was a valued member of our Financial Institutions and General...

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Current Status of Hemp Legalization—Just the Facts

Current Status of Hemp Legalization—Just the Facts

The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the Drug Enforcement Agencies list of controlled substances.  This action opened the door for the potential commercialization of hemp as a legitimate farm crop in the United States.  In South Dakota and other states, the Farm...

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