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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 […]
August 4, 2016

Things a Child Custody Lawyer Can Do (That You Probably Can’t)

A divorce is an extremely difficult time, and a divorce attorney is much better equipped to handle the many issues that can crop up, including child custody. Here are some things an experienced child custody attorney can do that you likely cannot: Negotiate with the Other Side – Calmly No […]
August 1, 2016

Who Legally Owns Your Facebook Posts?

While Facebook users may believe that they own the content they post on the platform, the legal reality is a little different. Facebook’s Legal Terms of Service If you read Facebook’s legal terms of service, you’ll find that you technically own all of the content and information you post there, […]
July 26, 2016

Divorce Mediation: What is it, and How Does it Work?

Just as no two marriages are alike, no two divorces will be the same. Some divorces are more complicated than others, some are contested while others are not, and some will settle through an agreement between the parties, while others will require an alternative approach for the parties to come […]
July 22, 2016

Contract Terms You Really Should Know

Contracts are seldom easy and pleasant reading. They are typically filled with legal jargon that almost nobody (except business lawyers) truly understands, but there are a few contract terms that consumers need to know: Offer Nearly every contract begins with an offer, which expresses the intent to be bound by […]
July 18, 2016

Estate Planning Documents You Probably (Most Likely) Need

When considering estate planning in North Dakota, there are five documents you should be familiar with: Last Will and Testament A last will and testament designates who will receive your property when you die, can simplify the process of probate, and may appoint a personal representative, or executor, of your […]
July 14, 2016

How Can You Prove Age Discrimination

When you’re over 40 and lose your job suddenly, it may be tempting to sue your former company for age discrimination, particularly if you received excellent annual reviews and your replacement is a decade or two younger. But proving an age discrimination case is hard to do, even though age-related […]
July 12, 2016

Uninsured and Underinsured – What’s the Difference?

When two motor vehicles collide, one of the first things the drivers do (after they check for injuries and report the accident) should be to exchange insurance information. Insurance coverage is an integral part of a personal injury case, since coverage ultimately determines how the damages are paid. Uninsured/underinsured motorist […]
July 8, 2016

Common Mistakes People Make When Drafting a Will

Wills are necessary, but intimidating. Trying to put all your wishes into one legal document is often a daunting task, just as interpreting a will without the help of the individual who drafted it can be tricky business. That is why getting it right is essential. Here are some common […]
July 6, 2016

Independent Contractor or an Employee – What’s the Difference?

Increasingly, many people want to fulfill a lifelong dream: being their own boss. But before they trade their employee status for that of an independent contractor, they need to know at least the basics of each. Generally, an employer-employee relationship exists if a worker performs services that can be legally […]
June 30, 2016

Bad Faith: When Insurance Companies Don’t Keep Their Promises

Policyholders pay insurance premiums to keep their policies updated on property they want to protect. In exchange for these payments, policyholders have a reasonable expectation that their insurance company will fulfill the terms of the insurance contract when they make a claim on their policy. In most cases, the insurance […]
June 22, 2016

How to Divorce, Even If Your Spouse Won’t Sign the Papers

When a person (known as the petitioner) decides to obtain a divorce and serves divorce paperwork upon his spouse, one of three things will typically happen: If your spouse answers and agrees with your petition, you have what is known as an uncontested divorce. If your spouse answers and disagrees […]
June 20, 2016

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Divorce Lawyer

When you’re contemplating divorce and looking for an attorney, remember one thing: you don’t have to hire the first one you meet. Choosing the right divorce attorney is one of the most important personal and financial decisions you are likely to ever make. Some questions to consider asking during your […]
June 16, 2016

Sleep Deprived Motorists Continue to Cause Accidents

Current data suggests that despite media attention and public awareness, drivers are continuing to drive while drowsy in great numbers. In 2014, there were 846 fatalities recorded in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database that were related to drowsy driving, a statistic that has […]
June 14, 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 […]
June 8, 2016

Injured in an Accident? Don’t Forget Mental Trauma

Accident victims are usually (and understandably) focused on their physical injuries. But what many injured people do not understand is that emotional trauma, very common following a car accident, is also a compensable damage. Emotional Distress  Many accident victims are too busy dealing with their physical injuries, medical bills, and […]
June 6, 2016

Fatigued Driving: An Emerging (and Deadly) Problem

Although drunk driving is no doubt a very serious problem, another deadly habit is proving to be even more widespread: drowsy driving. According to NHTSA’s National Motor Vehicle Crash Causation Study (NMVCCS), drowsy drivers involved in a crash are twice as likely to make performance errors as compared to drivers […]
June 2, 2016

Ways to Determine Who was at Fault in an Auto Accident

The process of sorting out who was at fault in an auto accident is not usually easy, but is extremely important to everyone involved for one basic reason: establishing liability. Generally, the at-fault driver must pay for all the damages, but it is ultimately the drivers’ insurance companies who assert […]
May 31, 2016

Legal Tips for Getting a Divorce

Divorce is a painful process, but there are certain things couples can do to make a difficult experience run as smoothly as possible. Prepare for the divorce. The best way to make sure your divorce goes as smoothly as possible is to be prepared for the process. This includes knowing […]
May 27, 2016

Legal Tips for Choosing a New Daycare

The demand for daycare is both widespread and problematic. According to the New York Times, approximately 12 million American children age four and under are cared for on a daily basis by someone other than a parent, not counting the millions of school age children who require care when school […]
May 25, 2016

Damages Available in a Wrongful Death Case

When someone dies due to the fault of another person or entity, compensation for the family of the deceased can come through a wrongful death lawsuit. Wrongful death claims can involve a variety of matters, including fatal car accidents, medical malpractice, or dangerous or defective products, and the damages available […]
May 18, 2016

Settle or Sue – How Do You Know?

Many people assume that personal injury lawsuits frequently go to trial, but the opposite is actually true. According to TheLawDictionary.org, 95-96 percent of personal injury cases are settled before trial. What’s more, 90 percent of the cases that do go to trial don’t end with a favorable result, although the […]
May 10, 2016

Your Prior Medical History: Why Insurance Companies Try to Make It Their Business

Insurance companies will do their best to limit the amount of damages that they have to pay out in personal injury claims any way they can. When you suffer a personal injury and the insurance company for the at-fault party does an initial evaluation of your claim, they’re essentially looking […]
May 5, 2016

How Do Unmarried Fathers Establish Paternity?

Paternity is legally determining the father of a child. Because every child deserves the financial and emotional support of both a mother and a father, establishing paternity is extremely important. Why Establish Paternity? Establishing paternity creates a legal relationship between a father and a child, and is particularly important for […]
May 3, 2016

North Dakota’s Abortion Lawsuit Fund In Danger of Being Drained

Lawyers representing North Dakota’s only abortion clinic have announced that they will seek litigation costs from the state after the U.S. Supreme Court refused last month to review lower court rulings overturning the state’s ban on abortion at six weeks of pregnancy. Federal law allows attorneys in civil rights cases […]
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