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September 19, 2018

Choosing a Business Name in North Dakota

Selecting a name for your business is an important part of business formation.  There are some rules about naming your business in North Dakota, depending on the type of business structure you are planning.  Generally, a business name cannot include any words that indicate it is involved in anything other […]
September 17, 2018

Refinancing an Existing Mortgage

There are many reasons to consider refinancing your mortgage, including lower interest rates, lower monthly payment, or debt consolidation.  If you are thinking about refinancing your existing mortgage, consider utilizing the assistance of an attorney in doing so.
September 13, 2018

Mediation and Arbitration – What’s the Difference?

There are several different ways to resolve a case before proceeding with extended litigation.  In general, this is referred to as alternative dispute resolution. Both mediation and arbitration may be used to resolve a dispute without going through extensive litigation or trial.  Arbitration tends to refer to a legally-binding process, […]
September 11, 2018

Business Succession Planning

In the event of death or illness, every business needs a plan in place.  This is especially important for family business owners.  Much like planning for an individual’s estate, business plans are crucial to preparing for what happens next.
September 5, 2018

What is a Disclosure Statement?

A disclosure statement in a real estate sale is a document completed prior the closing which requires the seller to disclose known material defects of the home.  The disclosure statement is an opportunity for the buyer to learn about all potential defects of a home.  The disclosure statement is also […]
September 3, 2018

Drug Possession Versus Intent to Distribute

If you are found with drugs, there are several crimes with which you may be charged.  The crimes of drug possession and intent to distribute are two different crimes with different levels of punishment.  Depending on the drug, the level of offense and punishment can vary significantly.  Generally, the crime […]
August 30, 2018

Rindy Honored as 2018 Lawyer of the Year

Dean Rindy, attorney at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss of Fargo, has been recognized by his peers as a 2018 Lawyer of the Year and will be recognized in the 25th edition of the The Best Lawyers in America, the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession.
August 24, 2018

Five Recognized by Super Lawyers in 2018

Five attorneys at Fargo law firm O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss have been recognized by Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer […]
August 22, 2018

Abby Hammes Walks in ALS Walk

For the fourth year in a row, Abby Hammes, a Paralegal at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss, has participated in the annual Walk to Defeat ALS. Abby’s mom lost her battle with ALS.  Abby’s team name is “Team Noonnay”, which was a nickname given to her mom by family years ago.
August 15, 2018

O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss: Committed to Our Community

At O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss, we get really excited about giving back to our community. This summer, we went all out by partnering with Down Home, a local non-profit organization whose mission is to help individuals and families transitioning from homelessness to permanent housing by providing furnishings and décor, making […]
August 13, 2018

All About Buy-Sell Agreements for Businesses

When the ownership of a business changes hands, it can be a dream come true for both the buyer and the seller. Founding and cultivating a business to the point where someone wants to buy it is a mark of successful entrepreneurship. After the sale, the sellers can establish a […]
August 9, 2018

The Importance of Writing Corporate Minutes

Operating a business successfully always requires a certain amount of record keeping, even if it is a small business run by someone with a very good memory. At the very least, you need to keep accounting records to show to your tax accountant. If your business is large enough to […]
August 7, 2018

Contract Tips to Avoid Litigation

Contracts protect you in the event of a lawsuit, since they are the best evidence of the terms to which two parties agreed before getting into a dispute. A lesser-known but equally important advantage of contracts is that they can stop lawsuits from happening in the first place. It is […]
August 2, 2018

North Dakota “At Will” Employment and Wrongful Termination

The phrase “gig economy” sounds thrilling, unless you have actual financial responsibilities.  What is not to love about turning your talents and determination into financial gain and not having to answer to a boss?  Of course, making your living through freelance gigs means no job stability and no employer-sponsored retirement […]
July 30, 2018

How You Can Help Your Attorney with Your Defense

Whether you are facing misdemeanor charges or felony charges, what you do and do not do can make a big difference as far as whether your defense attorney is able to persuade the court to find you not guilty.
July 27, 2018

How to Handle Probation Violations

When a court finds you guilty of criminal charges, it is often a relief to hear that your sentence includes only probation instead of jail time. People who have been sentenced to probation are often unpleasantly surprised, however, when they realize how many restrictions they must actually endure. Of course, […]
July 25, 2018

Drunk Driving and Personal Injury Cases

Many clients who visit a personal injury attorney do so after being injured in a car crash, and drunk driving is a major cause of car crashes. From the perspective of personal injury law, plaintiffs injured by drunk drivers have a strong case because drunk driving is an obvious instance […]
July 9, 2018

Liability for Personal Injury Cases

According to the rules of ordinary usage of the English language, accidents, strictly speaking, are no one’s fault in that no one intentionally causes them. In a court of law, however, it is necessary to assign a degree of fault for an accident, known as liability, to a person or […]
July 5, 2018

When to Call a Lawyer to Protect Your Rights as a Creditor or Debtor

Consumer debt is so prevalent in American society that most people just accept it as a fact of life. You make monthly payments on home mortgages, student loans, car loans, and credit card debt and look forward to the day when you can finally pay off one of the debts. […]
July 3, 2018

Non-Compete Contracts in North Dakota

The 24/7 workday is closer to being a reality now than it has ever been. With employees expected to read and acknowledge work emails at all hours of the day and night, it can feel like your employer is micromanaging you even when you are not at work. According to […]
June 28, 2018

Evidence for Personal Injury Cases

If you are old enough to have watched the O.J. Simpson trial on television in 1995, you probably remember the discussion about several pieces of evidence that influenced the jury’s decision, such as a glove found at the crime scene and DNA obtained from blood stains. While physical evidence is […]
June 26, 2018

Duty of Care and Negligence in Personal Injury Cases

One factor that determines whether an accident was simply the result of bad luck or whether it is grounds for a personal injury lawsuit is if there is evidence of negligence on the part of someone other than the injured party that caused the accident. Duty of care means that […]
June 22, 2018

Have a Personal Injury? You Don’t Have to Suffer Alone.

Unfortunately, many individuals experience personal injuries that require a lot of time to heal and require multiple doctor visits, surgeries, and – our least favorite part – a lot of money to pay for. Read on and consider the following scenario regarding someone whose quality of life was dwindling because […]
June 20, 2018

Compensation for Pain and Suffering in Personal Injury Cases

The worst thing about serious injuries is not what happens in the first days and weeks after they happen. It is the way the injury changes your life after you have finished treatment for the acute injury. It may be the frequent headaches or unpredictable anxiety attacks. It is no […]
June 13, 2018

Protect Your Business with Sound Contracts

People have always told you that you have a great mind for business, but what do they mean by that? Do they mean that you carefully weigh risks and opportunity costs before you decide to commit money for a project? Do they mean that you are unusually observant about people’s […]