November 1, 2016

Fighting Over an Estate? Tips to Help Resolve Your Differences

Even if there’s a will in place, many families still end up fighting over an estate after their loved ones die. Although many people believe the only way to resolve a dispute over an estate is to turn to probate court, there are several other things you can do before […]
October 26, 2016

Writing a Legally Binding Loan Note

Your best friend just hit you up for money, and although you don’t want to get too formal, without a proper (and legally binding) loan note, there is a chance that you will never see your money again. Here’s what needs to be included in a legally binding loan note […]
October 24, 2016

Legal Issues Landlords Need to be Aware of

Landlord-tenant relationships can be dicey, but if landlords deal with potential issues before a rental agreement is signed, many common problems can be avoided. Here are some tips that landlords should keep in mind when dealing with tenants: Don’t Use Old, Boilerplate Forms It is critical that lease and rental […]
October 20, 2016

Wrongful Death: Damages Must be Proven in Court

Under North Dakota law, a wrongful death is one that arises from the “wrongful act, neglect, or default” of another. The act that causes death may be negligent, reckless, or intentional. Wrongful death claims can be made in a variety of circumstances, including fatal car accidents, medical malpractice, and dangerous […]
October 18, 2016

Team Effort: How to Work Successfully With Your Personal Injury Lawyer

Most people that have been injured and decide to pursue a personal injury claim have little or no experience with the legal system, and may have never even consulted with an attorney before. Here are some tips about working with a personal injury lawyer: Don’t Sweat the Fees Because personal […]
October 10, 2016

My Injury Case Finally Settled –Now What?

Just when your injury was becoming a distant yet painful memory and you were beginning to wonder if you would ever be able to put your personal injury case behind you, your lawyer successfully settled the claim – so what happens next? Before you’ll get your settlement proceeds, several obligations […]
October 6, 2016

Are Stepparents Entitled to Visitation Rights?

Stepparents often play a crucial role in raising children and form strong bonds with them, but unless they have legally adopted a child, they likely have no legal right to make decisions on the child’s behalf. However, if a child’s parent and stepparent get divorced, 23 states now have laws […]
October 4, 2016

O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss Welcomes Katie Johnson

Katie Johnson is the newest member of the associate attorney team at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss in Fargo. Katie grew up in Grafton. She earned her Paralegal Studies Bachelor of Science degree at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Katie worked as a paralegal, then decided to study to become an attorney […]
September 30, 2016

When It May be Time to Write a Will

Many people drag their feet when it comes to writing a will. If you have not yet made one or have not updated it for many years, there are several triggering events that should serve to remind you that it is time to organize your estate plan: Getting Married (or […]
September 26, 2016

Ready to Move? Steps to Selling Your Home

If you plan on selling your home, it isn’t just a matter of putting a sign on your front lawn, receiving multiple bids, and accepting the best offer – those days are long gone. In today’s maze of forms, financing, inspections, marketing, pricing, and negotiating, it makes sense to work […]
September 21, 2016

Jensen Admitted to Practice in ND Courts

Second only to passing the bar examination, being sworn in by a judge to practice in a state is one of the most exciting days in an attorney’s professional career. It means you can serve more clients in your area of legal concentrate. Recently Annie Jensen, attorney at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson […]
September 20, 2016

5 Projects That Can Add Value to Your Home

With housing prices on the rise, now is the time to invest in your home to capitalize on its value. Here are five home improvement projects that pay off, whether you are selling now or in the future. Increase Curb Appeal Although not usually considered the most exciting improvement to […]
September 12, 2016

Team Member’s Plate Plenty Full

Abby Hammes has a lot on her plate. During the normal work-week Abby is busy as a paralegal at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss, a law firm in Fargo. Abby works closely with family lawyer Tracy Lyson, provides administrative support in civil and commercial litigation actions for attorney Sean Foss, and […]
September 8, 2016

The Benefits and Risks of Joint Tenancy

When two or more people own a home as a joint tenancy, each person owns an equal interest of the whole property. The terms of the tenancy are laid out in the deed or title and all joint tenants must obtain their share of the property at the same time. […]
September 6, 2016

What’s a Life Care Plan and Do I Need One?

When we are young and healthy, a life care plan is often the last thing on our minds. But by addressing issues that could crop up later in life, you can minimize the likelihood that a catastrophic event will derail all your plans. What is a Life Care Plan? A […]
September 2, 2016

Don’t Tolerate These Inappropriate Sexual Behaviors From Supervisors

Sexual harassment is unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that is considered severe or pervasive and affects working conditions or creates a hostile work environment. If a person is fired, denied a promotion, demoted, given a poor performance evaluation, or reassigned to a less desirable position […]
August 29, 2016

Reasons You Shouldn’t Wait to Call an Estate Planning Lawyer

Estate planning is something most people avoid, but consulting with an experienced estate-planning lawyer is something you should do sooner rather than later, for these reasons: Death No matter how good your health is now, you can never be sure when you will die. If you pass away without a […]
August 25, 2016

Injured in an Auto Accident? Know Your Rights

Whenever a motorist operates an automobile, they are expected to exercise reasonable care not to injure others, and the failure to do so may be considered negligence. A person who drives in a negligent manner may be obligated to pay for any damages that he or she causes. An injured […]
August 23, 2016

Inattentional Blindness: When the Obvious Isn’t So Obvious

When drivers focus on a task that demands their attention (texting, for example), they often fail to notice unexpected objects and events that occur in full view, such as a pedestrian or another car in their path. This phenomenon is known as inattentional blindness. In 2011, psychologists at the University […]
August 19, 2016

Tatum O’Brien Lindbo Named to the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys

We are pleased and proud to announce that Tatum O’Brien Lindbo has been named to the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys. A graduate of the University of North Dakota Law School, Tatum specializes in criminal law, personal injury, and general litigation. To read more about her latest achievement, read the full press […]
August 17, 2016

Four Ways to Recognize a Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury, or TBI, occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain and disrupts brain function. The trauma can occur in one of two ways: when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and damages brain tissue. According to […]
August 15, 2016

Why Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Large Trucks Can be a Dangerous Mix

Fatalities among pedestrians and bicyclists in collisions with large trucks increased at a faster rate than the overall truck-related crash fatalities recorded from 2009 to 2013, according to a federal study. From the report, pedestrian fatalities in crashes with large trucks increased 30 percent from 2009 to 2013, while total […]
August 11, 2016

What is Medical Pay Coverage, and Do I Really Need It?

With car insurance premiums rising, some people have cut corners by dropping medical payments coverage, commonly known as med pay, from their policy, especially if they have health insurance. But is dropping med pay really a good idea? The Benefits of Medical Payments Coverage Med-pay is an optional addition to […]
August 9, 2016

Can Online Chats Be Used as Evidence in Court?

Social media connects people on a global level, allowing them to share photos and information with family and friends in real time. It also provides huge amounts of evidence that might be relevant to a variety of litigation matters, and courts are routinely are asked to determine the admissibility of […]
August 8, 2016

O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss Firm Partners with Red River Valley Boys & Girls Club

(Fargo, ND) – On a hot and muggy summer night in Fargo, North Dakota the law firm of O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss showed up in full-force to help host the annual Night to Unite Neighborhood celebration at the Red River Valley (Fargo) Boys & Girls Club. This was in support of […]
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