The Firm


Jaspers, Moriarty & Wetherille, P.A. is a litigation focused firm offering superior legal services by experienced advocates and advisors. Our firm and its attorneys provide personal attention from day one and meet client goals at highly competitive rates. JMW is deeply rooted in the southwest metro community with our attorneys volunteering as advisors to a variety of charities and nonprofit groups, as well as being appointed by the judiciary in complex litigation and public defender cases. JMW and its attorneys are household names in local board rooms and courthouses because of our reputation as powerful advocates, knowledgeable of the law, and uncompromising work-ethic. Since its inception JMW has prided itself on being a full-service law firm offering clients unparalleled value and cross-practice insight.

JMW is housed in the historic old Railroad Saloon and Hotel building at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Scott Street in downtown Shakopee, Minnesota. Rumored to have housed gambling and other leisure pursuits over the years, the building has been home to JMW for over 40 years. Whether it was railroadmen in years past, or today's individuals and businesses, "We've been getting and giving advice here for over 100 years."

“I felt like family with JMW. I know they understood me and I felt like they were in my shoes. I will be using their services for any future needs that arise.”

our attorneys


Our attorneys are skilled business advisors, strategists, and litigators. Whether your legal needs involve planning for the future of your business or your family, or the need for accomplished litigators to advocate for you in court, JMW's full service practice will meet your needs.

 

Areas of Practice & Expertise


Jaspers, Moriarty & Wetherille, P.A. has served residents and businesses of the Twin Cities suburbs of Burnsville, Eagan, Apple Valley, Rosemount, Bloomington, Richfield, Edina, Eden Prairie, Minnetonka, Wayzata, St. Louis Park, Chaska, Shakopee, Chanhassen, Victoria, Savage, Prior Lake, Belle Plaine, Jordan, New Prague, Elko, Lakeville, and beyond. At Jaspers, Moriarty & Wetherille, P.A. we maintain written informational materials for clients to review on many of our areas of practice. If you have a legal question, call to speak with one of our attorneys or to request available written informational materials by mail. We strive to be able to answer any legal question you may have. Call (952) 445-2817 today to talk to one of our attorneys regarding your legal concerns in any of the following areas:

We handle all aspects of Probate and Estate Administration for estates in Scott County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Carver County, Ramsey County, Sibley County, Mcleod County, Le Sueur County, Anoka County and other surrounding Minnesota counties.
Probate is the legal process by which a person’s will is allowed by the Probate Court. The provisions of the will dictate how the individual’s debts are paid and assets are distributed upon death. Estate Administration includes the probate process as well as non-probate transfers of the deceased’s assets, such as life insurance, annuities, qualified plans, and trust assets and compliance with applicable estate tax requirements.
The firm assists the personal representative of the estate in the gathering, valuation, accounting and distribution of the decedent’s assets. The lawyers prepare federal and state estate tax returns as well as the appropriate documents in order to release liens on a decedent’s real estate. It is the firm’s responsibility to assure that all steps are properly taken in order to carry out the decedent’s intent in accordance with the law.
Similarly, the firm assists trustees in performing their obligations under a trust, and has served as an independent trustee for many individuals looking for objective and learned oversight of trust assets.

Our attorneys have assisted clients throughout the greater Twin Cities metro area by creating tailored estate planning solutions to meet their needs. From “simple” wills without tax planning, to complex credit shelter and cabin trusts, our attorneys can help you control the distribution of assets upon death while simultaneously avoiding unnecessary taxes, costs and expenses. Our lawyers have done this for over 30 years.

We are up-front with clients and tells them what type of plan they should have, and what it will cost to get there. We are not a trust mill – needlessly telling clients to make complex estate plans when they don’t really need them. Call one of our trusted estate planning lawyers to find out if you need an estate plan to carry out your wishes after death.

How We Can Help

If you do need some type of estate plan, you can work with our lawyers to create a unique estate plan to meet your goals, including how you want to control the distribution of your assets both before and after death. The law firm deals with the complex network of laws governing gifts, estates and trusts and we use that knowledge to help clients fulfill their short and long-term goals. Available areas of representation include:

  •     Simple and Complex Will Creation
  •     Establishment of Revocable, Irrevocable and Charitable Trusts
  •     Structure of Family Limited Partnerships
  •     Estate and Probate Administration
  •     Trust Administration
  •     Incapacity Planning (healthcare directives / living wills, and Power of Attorney)

Estate Planning Worksheet

Medical Directive

Our attorneys help clients throughout the Twin Cities metro area with a full range of Family Law issues on the trial and appellate level. We provide representation for:
  •     Divorce
  •     Child Custody, Visitation and Support
  •     Alimony and Spousal Maintenance
  •     Modification of Previous Orders and Awards
  •     Enforcement of Support and Property Orders
  •     Prenuptial/Premarital Agreements
  •     Paternity
  •     Restraining and Protective Orders.

Call Jaspers, Moriarty & Wetherille today to talk to a lawyer about help you need in the area of family law. Our lawyers have decades of experience in dealing with family law concerns.

Divorce Questionnaire

Whether you receive a DWI in Shakopee, Chaska, Chanhassen, Eden Prairie or in Minneapolis, Bloomington, St. Paul, Eagan or anywhere in between, our lawyers can give you the advice you need.

In today’s society, a vehicle is a necessity. Our goal is to protect your right to own and operate a vehicle. Our first line of defense is to challenge the reason that you were stopped. There are bad stops! There are many things that you need to do before appearing in front of a judge. We know what these things are and we strongly urge you to move quickly and contact us if you have been arrested or cited for a traffic offense.

If it is your first arrest, our goal is make sure that you can continue driving. For second offenses, the goal is often to keep you out of jail and able to continue providing for your family. We will get you the best shot at being able to continue driving and avoiding jail time. But you must move quickly. We have earned a reputation for anticipating each step of the legal process and informing our clients of what will be happening next, when it will happen, and how we will proceed. From the time the legal process begins, we help our clients take charge of the situation and prepare for the next proceeding.

Our lawyers have years of experience defending the rights of individuals throughout the Twin Cities metro area arrested and accused of criminal offenses. Attorneys at Jaspers, Moriarty & Walburg scrutinize every stage of your case starting with the arrest to assure that your rights are protected. If you are in need of representation in any of the following areas, call Jaspers, Moriarty & Walburg, P.A. today:

Criminal Defense Violent Offenses including assault, battery, burglary, domestic violence, murder, vehicular manslaughter, stalking, manslaughter, kidnapping, robbery, arson, carjacking, and hit and run.

Criminal Defense White Collar Offenses including embezzlement, perjury, fraud, money laundering, larceny, wire fraud, mail fraud, bankruptcy fraud, theft, forgery, credit card fraud, extortion, internet theft, computer crimes, including computer hacking, computer theft, and computer fraud.

Criminal Defense Sex Offenses including rape, child molestation, indecent exposure, possession of child pornography, sexual battery, rape, lewd conduct, spousal rape, statutory rape, internet sex offenses, and sex offender registration.

Criminal Defense Drug/Controlled Substance Offenses including trafficking, distribution, possession, transportation, possession for sale, marijuana cultivation, and manufacturing.

Criminal Defense Juvenile Crimes

Criminal Defense Felony and Misdemeanor Traffic Offenses including Drunk Driving (DUI) and Driving Under the Influence of Narcotics.

With over 30 years of experience in area courtrooms, our firm is recognized as thorough and aggressive in representing clients in litigation. If you find yourself in a situation in which you have been wronged, Jaspers, Moriarty and Wetherille can help you pursue your claims and assert your rights. We take pride in helping residents of Shakopee, Savage, Chaska, Chanhassen, Prior Lake, Belle Plaine, Eden Prairie and beyond in pursuing contract claims, property claims and land use issues, property damage, injury claims, and bill collection.

In addition to representing plaintiffs, we vigorously defend you if you are being sued. It is our goal to aggressively pursue any and all avenues to assist our clients with the resolution of their disputes, whether as a plaintiff or as a defendant. Call us today for a consultation at (952) 445-0812.

Our firm performs real estate transactional work for a number of mortgage lenders, title companies, builders, real estate brokers, and private individuals throughout Scott County, Dakota County, Hennepin County, Carver County and greater Minnesota. Lawyers at Jaspers, Moriarty & Wetherille, P.A. assist with the purchase and sale of real estate, including negotiating and drafting purchase agreements and other documents, ensuring good title, and closings. Experienced attorneys also assist our clients with the legal aspects of financing, re-financing, and foreclosures.

The firm’s clients include banks, property owners, developers, and mortgage lenders. In the course of our representation of these clients, the firm regularly handles transactions encompassing:

  •     Sales and acquisitions of real property and equity and debt interests
  •     Secondary market closings
  •     Title searches
  •     Mortgage origination and other real estate finance vehicles
  •     Joint ventures and equity funds
  •     Equity and debt securitization
  •     Property development and construction
  •     Brokerage and management arrangements

HOAs, Condos and Common Interest Communities

Our attorneys are experienced in the formation and management of various common interest communities. Our attorney can help establish these developments as well as assist existing associations in the day-to-day operations of their properties. We have experience in drafting (or re-drafting) governing documents like By-laws and rules and regulations. We also offer association boards hands on training on their governance procedures and can advise on common problems like FHA financing compliance, modification of rules and regulations, assessments and late fees, and liens.

Serious car and other motor vehicle accidents require the guidance of an experienced attorney. Attorneys with our firm have years of practice and an impressive track record representing people who have suffered significant injuries in motor vehicle accidents (commercial and personal). We work with physicians and other health care providers to assess and review all the short and long-term medical aspects of your case. Our detailed understanding of Minnesota’s automobile, insurance and liability laws means we understand the different sources of recovery available to car accident victims and their families as well as the various theories of liability that enable those victims to collect from the parties who caused them harm.
Our lawyers represent individuals and the families of individuals who have been seriously injured or killed as a result of the negligent or wrongful conduct of others.

With over 30 years of experience in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis / St. Paul and surrounding communities, we understand how insurance companies and lawyers on the other side think. Insurance companies are interested in minimizing their economic exposure when a serious injury or death has occurred. They hire attorneys whose job it is to aggressively undermine each aspect of the your claim. We know their tactics. We take each case on as if it will proceed to trial and we are not afraid to take a case all the way to jury verdict if that is what is necessary to produce the best possible result.

Our firm represents individuals injured in all types of situations including industrial, construction, and equipment-related accidents. If you have been injured or know someone who has, call us today at (952) 445-2817.

For over 30 years, lawyers with Jaspers, Moriarty & Wetherille have helped businesses in Shakopee, Belle Plaine, Savage and greater Scott County address the legal options surrounding starting and operating a business. Our client include small businesses, family partnerships, corporations, banks and other area businesses. Our firm is well versed in dealing with the complexities of business transactions and governmental regulation. We counsel our clients in selecting the form of business entity which best meets their needs, including:
  •     Corporations
  •     Joint ventures
  •     Not-for-profit Corporations
  •     Partnerships
  •     Limited Partnerships
  •     Limited Liability Companies
  •     Professional Associations.

Our attorneys also offer a broad spectrum of legal services for business clients:

  •     Debt and Equity Financings
  •     Contracts and Business Agreements
  •     Corporate Formation
  •     Mergers and Acquisitions
  •     Dissolutions and Liquidations
  •     Creditor Representations
  •     Franchising
  •     Restructuring
  •     Employment Law Counseling.

Small businesses and start-ups often lack the budget to hire in-house counsel, or, are organized in such a way that an in-house legal team isn’t appropriate. More established businesses, too, chose not to have in-house counsel due to cost considerations and the inherent difficulty of managing complex legal issues without a larger office staff  offered in a law firm environment. However, these businesses still frequently have questions about how to maximize their bargaining power in contracts, about compliance with federal, state and local laws, as well as more general corporate legal issues, and in each situation the business would be well served by a lawyer providing specialized analysis and proposed solutions.

JMW understands a business’ struggle with the desire to have seasoned legal counsel, but at the same time grappling with limited funds to provide for that service. We help businesses bridge the gap by offering our services as “outside, in-house counsel.” Our lawyers can advise on the day-to-day operations of the business providing advisory opinions on issues at hand. We can also participate in board meetings and other planning sessions, or in response to specific requests for advice on general corporate matters like drafting contracts and negotiating their terms, as well as risk assessment and mitigation.

Serving as outside in-house counsel also provides clients with a direct conduit to JMW’s experienced litigators who have the practical skills needed to zealously represent our clients. Our team can also help manage litigation in foreign jurisdictions by locating and managing outside counsel and providing clients with an insider’s view on the litigation process, legal billing, and tips on maximizing the effectiveness of their other lawyers.

We  provide these services hourly on demand, but also through alternative billing structures like monthly all inclusive retainers and project based flat fees. Please give us a call if outside in-house counsel can help give your business that competitive advantage you need to grow and succeed.

We represent individuals who have been injured as a result of an unsafe product that was designed, manufactured, sold, and/or furnished by a person or company. We assist those injured individuals in bringing their claims and being fairly compensated for their injuries. Call to speak with one of our lawyers today at (952) 445-2817.
Medical negligence or “malpractice” occurs when a physician or healthcare provider either fails to do something that should have been done or does something that should not have been done which results in injury or death. Doctors and other health-care providers must follow certain standards when caring for patients. While a simple mistake is not enough to constitute negligence, a death or injury caused by the failure to provide reasonably appropriate or common standards of care or the failure to diagnose an easily detectable illness may be malpractice.

We aggressively investigate and pursue claims for catastrophic injuries and death arising out of:

  •     Nursing Home Abuse and Neglect
  •     Birth Trauma
  •     Failure to Diagnose Cancer and Other Diseases
  •     Inappropriate or Negligently Performed Surgery
  •     Disfigurement
  •     Inappropriate or Dangerous Treatment Practices
  •     Pharmaceutical Injuries and Prescription Drug Errors
  •     Psychiatric/Mental Health Malpractice or Negligence.

We are experienced in health care and medical malpractice lawyers who can help clients determine whether or not malpractice has occurred where someone is injured as a result of negligence or misconduct of individuals in the dental, medical, podiatry, chiropractory, psychiatry, and other health professional fields.

 

JMW offers creditors and debtors numerous resources and the ability to handle all types of cases. With many years of experience, JMW attorneys can bring skill and efficiency to debt collection procedures, as well as provide seasoned advice about best practices for debtors and creditors.

Bankruptcy

Jim Conway practices before the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, helping debtors and creditors in consumer bankruptcy matters. He helps debtors file Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcies, as well as advises clients about alternatives to bankruptcy. He also represents creditors in defending claims in the bankruptcy process, and advising creditors about the impact a bankruptcy filing will have on any claims.

Bankruptcy Questionnaire

Bankruptcy Form (ENGLISH)

Bankruptcy Form (SPANISH)

Debt Collection and Unfair Debt Collection Practices Litigation

JMW attorneys represent debtors and creditors in debt collection lawsuits, and in the judgment enforcement process. JMW often represents individual and corporate creditors, including small businesses, banks, and corporations, in debt collection lawsuits, and in the collection of unpaid judgments. We also help defend individuals against judgment enforcement actions, like wage garnishments and bank levies. Finally, we can help debtors prosecute debt collectors for unlawful debt collection practices, including harassment, that violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (Federal Trade Commission’s FAQ).

As with all our cases, prior to any debt collection or bankruptcy matter, JMW attorneys offer potential clients a free consultation about their debt issues, and to explain the bankruptcy process. Please call us today to schedule a free consultation.

We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for relief under the Bankruptcy Code.

 

Attorneys at JMW are admitted before the Tribal Court of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community. We can provide legal counsel and advocate on your behalf on a number of legal issues including spousal maintenance, child custody and support, probate and real estate matters.

“JMW gave my case 100%! I would recommend JMW to anyone seeking a lawyer.”

-Mary W.-

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Jaspers, Moriarty & Wetherille, P.A.

206 Scott Street
Shakopee, Minnesota 55379
Telephone: 952-445-2817

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