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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 […]
November 2, 2015

Should I Choose A Traditional Divorce Process or the Collaborative Law Process?

The end of a marriage is a difficult time. It’s often filled with fighting, chaos, and uncertainty. Many decisions must be made including property divisions and custody arrangements. Before any of these decisions can be discussed, you and your spouse must decide what divorce process to pursue, the traditional divorce […]
October 26, 2015

How to Make a Safe Escape from an Abusive Relationship

Being in an abusive relationship can be a very scary and emotional time. While domestic violence and abuse is a problem, it is often overlooked, excused, or denied. If you feel like you have to walk on eggshells around your partner or constantly have to watch what you say, chances […]
October 23, 2015

Learn More about Spousal Support and Alimony Options

Learn More about Spousal Support and Alimony Options When a married couple gets a divorce, the court can award alimony – also called spousal support – to one of the former spouses. This is usually based on a decision between the couple or the court itself. Read on to learn […]
October 22, 2015

Tatum O’Brien Named 2015 Super Lawyer

Tatum O’Brien, Attorney at O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss Law Firm of Fargo, has once again been recognized as a Super Lawyer in 2015. Tatum’s areas of focus include criminal defense, personal injury, and general litigation, and she has extensive experience in and out of the courtroom. She has won the […]
October 21, 2015

Help Us End Distracted and Impaired Driving and Take the Power of One Pledge

Tim, Tatum and the rest of the O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss team are proud to support Power of One. As attorneys that handle drunk driving and personal injury cases, they’ve seen too often the horrific impacts of impaired and distracted driving. Will you help them support Power of One and […]
October 16, 2015

Fargo, ND Firm of O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss “Serve It Up” at Two Houses

Giving back to the community is part of the mission of Fargo, ND law firm O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss, and that’s what ten team members did Wednesday, September 16th. The firm sent five members to each of the two Ronald McDonald houses in Fargo as part of the Day of […]
October 1, 2015

Sean T. Foss Named Firm Partner

Sean T. Foss has been named partner at the Fargo law firm of O’Keeffe O’Brien Lyson Foss. He has been an associate attorney for over five years. His primary practice areas are civil and commercial litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Foss clerked at the North Dakota Supreme Court. A […]
September 3, 2015

Most Common Drug Paraphernalia That Result in Felony Charges

Every state deals with drugs and drug paraphernalia possession differently. To a certain extent in North Dakota, the possession of drug paraphernalia can have the same incarceration penalty as if you were caught possessing the actual drug itself. What Is Paraphernalia? Paraphernalia is anything used for the manufacturing, growing, weighing, […]
August 28, 2015

Firm Attorneys Named Super Lawyers for 2015

Five attorneys with the firm have been honored by the Super Lawyers organization for 2015. 2015 Super Lawyers Winners Dean Rindy and Tatum Lindbo have been named 2015 Super Lawyers.  Rindy’s practice area is real estate law and Lindbo’s is criminal defense and personal injury. They have both been named […]
August 27, 2015

Thank You to Bob Stroup. Attorney Leaves The Firm

Robert (Bob) Stroup II has been long recognized as one of North Dakota’s most respected real estate attorneys. Stroup has resigned from the firm. We thank him for his years of service. His fellow attorneys and staff members wish him all the best in his new endeavors.
August 25, 2015

Sexual Assault on College Campuses Making Headlines. Safety Tips for Incoming Freshman

With the excitement of new environments and friends, many college freshman are unaware of the dangers and risks during their first year of college. In 2014, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault found that 1 in 5 college students experienced sexual assault during their college […]
August 20, 2015

Misdiagnosed Cancer Cases Are Becoming A Major Problem

When you are sick and fatigued, it is easy to identify that you are ill. But when it comes to cancer, many times people are unaware of its existence until a doctor officially diagnoses it. Once diagnosed, doctors need to move fast to prevent spreading using chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or […]
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