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October 21, 2020
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Are There Defenses to DUI Charges?

Getting arrested for drunk driving is a stressful experience. Especially if you had been drinking prior to your arrest, it can feel like there is no way you can fight the charges against you. After all, how can you argue with the results of a breathalyzer or a police report […]
October 20, 2020
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How to Protect Your Will from Unhappy Relatives

Having an updated last will and testament is more important than ever, especially now. However, a will that is poorly created or not frequently updated can be vulnerable to contestation. What is contestation? It is the formal objection to a will’s (or trust’s) validity because it either: a) doesn’t reflect […]
October 16, 2020
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Is There a Grace Period for Real Estate Purchase Contracts?

Nearly every adult and child of age to make a purchase in North Dakota or Minnesota has experienced “buyer’s remorse,” that feeling one gets when one makes a purchase that is not as great of a bargain as the buyer initially thought. Perhaps it was a “splurge” purchase that, upon […]
October 14, 2020
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Preparing for COVID-19: The #1 Legal Document Every Adult Needs to Have

As the coronavirus continues to disrupt daily life and leave Americans uncertain of the future, you don’t have to feel helpless during this pandemic. In fact, now is a great time to be proactive and plan ahead should you or a loved one fall ill. One of the most important […]
October 10, 2020
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What You Need to Know About Dog Bite Laws

Statistics reveal that approximately 4.5 million dog bites occur each year in the United States. Nearly 1 out of 5 bites become infected. In 2019, 48 dog attacks resulted in human death: 13 child victims, 3 victims (ages 10-18), and 32 adult victims. If you or a loved one has […]
October 8, 2020
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How to Create a Valid Will in North Dakota

In light of the current pandemic, many Americans are becoming aware of the importance of creating or updating their estate planning documents. With the extension of some states’ stay in place orders, it may be tempting to create your own documents all on your own. Whether you are considering writing […]
September 29, 2020
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Are All Felonies Serious?

Criminal charges in North Dakota are divided into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Felony charges are more serious than misdemeanors, but are all felony allegations serious matters? Is it important to have a criminal defense attorney, even if your felony charges seem relatively minor? The answer to both of these […]
September 21, 2020
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Don’t Risk it: Protect Your Finances From Coronavirus Complications

Many Americans spend a lot of time and effort in managing their finances. While most are worried about how the coronavirus (COVID-19) will impact their income—whether that’s because they are temporarily furloughed, find themselves suddenly without a job, or watching their investment and retirement accounts dwindle—there is another way COVID-19 […]
September 17, 2020
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Can You Call a Lawyer Before You’ve Been Charged? 📱🤷‍♂️🤷‍♀️

Many people assume that the time to call a criminal defense attorney is after a prosecutor issues criminal charges against you. However, many people can benefit greatly from calling the right attorney before they have been formally charged. The following are some examples of when this might be the case.  […]
September 8, 2020
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How Long Do Car Crash Cases Take to Settle?

When you are staring down at a pile of medical bills and other expenses from car crash injuries, you are likely eager to get the payment you deserve from the insurance company of the at-fault driver. While it is natural to want a check in your hand as soon as […]
September 1, 2020
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How a Minor Drug Charge Can Have a Major Impact on Your Future

A first offense of simple possession of a controlled substance is a misdemeanor charge in North Dakota. If convicted, you will likely face fines and probation. While jail time is possible, first-time offenders are often able to avoid extended time behind bars with the help of an experienced criminal defense […]
August 28, 2020
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Mild Brain Injuries May Take Longer to Resolve than You Might Think

Concussions are categorized as mild traumatic brain injuries (MTBIs). While concussions can have a wide range of symptoms and effects, it is generally expected for these effects to clear up within a few weeks, or at least within a few months. However, as some MTBI victims can confirm, concussions do […]
August 18, 2020
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Brandon Erickson Joins O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss As Attorney

O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss is thrilled to announce that Brandon Erickson has joined the firm in Fargo, North Dakota, as an attorney. Brandon Erickson is a seasoned and experienced attorney with roots in North Dakota. Today he focuses his practice on Estate Planning and Probate work along with General Litigation.  […]
August 11, 2020
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Possible Penalties for Fraud Crimes

Fraud crimes are offenses that involve using false information or other deception to wrongfully obtain money or property that belongs to someone else. Under North Dakota law, fraud is charged under the umbrella of theft, though the authorities often take fraud crimes more seriously than shoplifting or other physical acts […]
August 6, 2020
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Zantac and Cancer: What you Need to Know

About 15 million people in the United States regularly used the prescription version of Zantac or similar drugs, while millions more used the over-the-counter variety. Now, these drugs have been pulled from the shelves, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers to throw away any of these […]
July 28, 2020
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Will You Have to Pay Bail? 💵

Some people who get arrested and accused of crimes are sent home with a court summons, which is called being released on your own recognizance. Others will have to wait in jail while their case is pending. Some people might only be released if they post bond – also commonly […]
July 21, 2020
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Plea Bargain FAQ

Criminal cases can be resolved in different ways, such as having the charges dropped pretrial, an acquittal or conviction at trial, or a guilty plea. Many defendants assume that if they committed the offense, their only option is to plead guilty right out of the gate. This is not the […]
July 7, 2020
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Did You Get Into a Car Crash on Your Road Trip? 😬 Here’s How to Recover Compensation.

The COVID-19 pandemic has halted travel plans for many households. With increased risks of exposure on airplanes and other forms of mass transportation, families in the Fargo area are rethinking their summer vacation plans. For many people, this means they might be taking a road trip.  Some people might be […]
July 1, 2020
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What to Expect in Your Criminal Case

If you are arrested and charged with a crime, it is normal not to know what to expect to happen. Even if you have had experience with the criminal justice system in the past, each case is unique, and two different cases can take two different paths. The best way […]
June 26, 2020
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Injured in an Uber Crash?

In these modern times, all you have to do is touch a button on your smartphone and someone should arrive to drive you to your chosen destination. Rideshare services like Uber are convenient when you are visiting another city, do not want to find parking, plan on drinking alcohol, or […]
June 18, 2020
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5 Reasons Why a Prenuptial Agreement Is a Good Idea

When entering into a marriage, the plans are always for it to last forever. Unfortunately, that may not always be the outcome. Today, around half of all marriages tragically end in divorce. While this conclusion may never be your intention, with such high odds, protecting yourself and your assets before […]
June 9, 2020
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What to Do After an Arrest

Getting arrested can be a frightening experience for anyone. Not only can you be taken into custody and handcuffed on the spot, but you might be uncertain about what the future holds. Most concerningly, you might not know what to say or do to best protect your rights in a […]
June 2, 2020
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Do Force Majeure Clauses Apply to COVID-19 Circumstances?

As many businesses have been shut down due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, companies have lost revenue, experienced staff shortages, had interruptions in supply chains, and many more difficulties. All of these circumstances can make it challenging or impossible for a company to fulfill its obligations under one or more […]
May 26, 2020
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Calculating Losses After a Personal Injury

After an unexpected injury in a vehicle crash, slip and fall, or another type of incident, you might recognize that another party should be liable for your losses. Even if you know which insurance claims you should file to seek your rightful compensation, how do you know how much compensation […]
May 20, 2020
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Delivery Truck Crashes in Your Neighborhood

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting much of the United States – and most of the world – many people are trying to stay home as much as possible and only go out for the essentials. With the run on items like cleaning supplies and  toilet paper, as well as the […]
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