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February 29, 2016

The Top Five Things I Wish I Had Known Before I’d Bought My House

Buying your first house is right up there with many of the milestones of American life: buying your first car, choosing a college, getting married, and having a baby. All require (or should require) a considerable amount of thought to get it right. First time home buyers often spend a […]
February 25, 2016

The Saga Continues: Five Legal Stories to Watch For in 2016

The year 2016 promises to be an interesting one in the legal world. Here’s a sampling of some of the issues that are sure to make headlines during the year: Bill Cosby Something seemingly improbable just a few years ago has happened – the comedian’s reputation was effectively destroyed in […]
February 23, 2016

ND Drunk Driving Case to be Reviewed by U.S. Supreme Court

Despite the 2013 U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding Missouri v. McNeely and essentially protecting operating while intoxicated (OWI) defendants nationwide from being forced to take blood tests without their consent unless police have a warrant, 13 states, including North Dakota and Minnesota, have made it a crime to refuse to […]
February 17, 2016

Ready for Rehab? Smart Phone Addiction is Real

When you wake up in the morning, is checking your phone for missed calls the first thing you do? Do you get an anxious feeling if you don’t check your phone multiple times throughout the day? Do you use your phone at inappropriate times, such as while driving, while in […]
February 15, 2016

Snow Removal Responsible for Thousands of Injuries Each Year

According to a CBS Chicago report, by early February 2015, at least 18 people in the Chicago area had died in incidents related to snow shoveling. Shoveling snow is practically a winter sport in North Dakota, and taking a few precautions can help avoid unnecessary pain and injury. The National […]
February 12, 2016

Laws Related to Medical Marijuana and Employment All Over the Map

Medical marijuana use is now permitted in 23 states, and Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and the District of Columbia also permit recreational use. In a Pew Research Center survey conducted in March 2015, 53 percent of Americans said they believe marijuana should be legal, while 44 percent said it should […]
February 11, 2016

How to Eliminate Distracted Driving

According to the National Safety Council (NSC), hands-free devices often are seen as a solution to the risks of driver distraction because they help eliminate two obvious risks: Visual, or looking away from the road Manual, removing your hands from the steering wheel However, a third type of distraction can […]
February 3, 2016

Tatum O’Brien Listed In Directory of Who’s Who

Tatum O’Brien, partner in O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss attorneys of Fargo, ND will be featured in the 2016 The Global Directory of Who’s Who. O’Brien‘s practice areas focus on criminal law and personal injury. She will have her biography listed among the thousands of men and women who have demonstrated […]
February 1, 2016

Staying Informed: 5 New Minnesota Laws That Took Effect January 1

Minnesota citizens may be interested in some of the new laws that became effective on January 1: Which Comes First, Car Insurance or Vehicle Registration? Under the provisions of a new Minnesota law, from now on motorists who want to register a vehicle in the state will first have to […]
January 28, 2016

5 Tips for Safe Winter Driving

There is something that you can do to make yourself a safer winter driver and reduce your risk of accident – be a defensive driver. According to Drive-Safely.net, some defensive driving tips include: Glance further up the road, not just at the vehicle directly in front of you. Looking one-half […]
January 26, 2016

Minnesota Revamps “Best Interest of the Child” Factors

To meet the diverse needs of children and promote their healthy development, a number of important statutory changes have been made to Minnesota law. These changes were made to support the principle that children need safe, stable, and nurturing relationships with both of their parents. The 12 New Best Interest […]
January 18, 2016

Trucking Accidents Cause More Damage Than You’d Think in North Dakota

When you’re involved in a trucking accident, the effects often last much longer than a typical car accident. Colliding with a large commercial vehicle, such as a semi-truck or 18-wheeler, can cause extensive damage. The accident will not only cause damage to your property, but can also result in personal […]
January 14, 2016

What is the 24/7 Sobriety Program?

Seeing the rise in alcohol related traffic arrests and accidents, the state of North Dakota enacted the 24/7 Sobriety Program. It is a rehabilitation program that affects individuals arrested for a second or subsequent DUI. Participation in the 24/7 program may be required as a condition of parole & probation, […]
January 12, 2016

Questions to Ask Your Lawyer after an Accident

Accidents can be stressful and require you to make quick decisions. It doesn’t matter if it is a car accident, a work accident or anything in between, in cases like these it’s important to ask the right questions and educate yourself on the processes you are about to go through. […]
January 6, 2016

Things to Consider When Drafting a Business Contract

A business contract is a legal agreement between two or more parties that specifies a shared objective. When conducted in the appropriate manner, business contracts are a great way for two companies to work together and gain benefits through the purchase or sale of products and services. Although various types […]
January 4, 2016

Changes Have Been Made for Minnesota Trust Laws

In order to make Minnesota more competitive in an ever-changing trust landscape, a major revision to Minnesota trust law took effect on January 1st, 2016. This is the first major revision in over a decade. The Current Framework The former framework for the trust law, Minnesota Chapter 501B, became law in 1989, with […]
December 31, 2015

Would I Benefit from a Financial Power of Attorney?

By assigning Power of Attorney, family members are protected when difficult times of life require important decision making.  This can help make financial and business decisions easy and clear when a family member is no longer in a condition to make decisions. What is a Power of Attorney? A Power […]
December 29, 2015

What Are the Fundamental Differences Between an LLC and an S-Corp?

If you decide to start a small business, one of the most common decisions you’ll have to make  is how the business will be structured. There are several choices but the most common are  LLC, or  S-Corp? Read on to learn some of the major differences between the two, and […]
December 25, 2015

Do You Need a Will or Trust?

Do You Need a Will or Trust? Estate planning may not be a fun or easy topic to discuss, but it is a very important step to take to ensure your assets are appropriately distributed after you are gone. While a living trust and a will have many differences, they […]
December 24, 2015

Steps to Getting Your Affairs in Order

Steps to Getting Your Affairs in Order for Your Family No one ever plans to be sick or disabled. And as much as you don’t want to think about it, there will be a day where you won’t be around anymore to care for your family, emotionally or financially. What […]
December 23, 2015

Legal Issues to Consider When Starting a Business

The idea is there. The space is there. The need is there. You have come up with nearly everything to begin the process of starting your own business. Before you get too far into the details of your new business, be sure to consider and address some of these legal […]
December 11, 2015

Types of Child Custody to Consider for Your Family

Deciding a child’s best interest in a child custody case can be difficult. The first step to making the best decision is knowing the various different types of child custody options to consider. First, it’s important to understand that there are two components to custody. Physical Custody – refers to […]
December 9, 2015

Understanding Marijuana Possession Laws in ND and MN

With new laws regarding marijuana usage discussed frequently in the news, it can feel unclear what the laws are regarding the possession and usage of marijuana in North Dakota and Minnesota. With medicinal legalization in Minnesota, knowing these differences is more important than ever. North Dakota Possession of marijuana in […]
December 7, 2015

How Do I File for Divorce? Tips to Make the Painful Process Less Stressful

Going through a divorce is never an easy process. Many losses are experienced when ending a relationship, such as the loss of a home, security, finances, comfort, etc. During this process, emotions are running rampant and initializing the legal proceedings can feel very stressful.  In an effort to ease the […]
November 4, 2015

Firm Name Changes to Reflect Partners

To coincide with the naming of Sean Foss as partner, the firm has changed its name to reflect the four partner’s names: Tim O’Keeffe, Tatum O’Brien, Tracy Lyson and Sean Foss. All the printed materials have been changed, the sign has the new name and the website is now OkeeffeAttorneys.com. Email addresses […]
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